There’s probably no such thing as “enough” places serving good New Orleans-inspired food in NYC, but at this point, it’s clear that we’re not even close. One solid addition, though, is Parish. This bar on the LES serves things like gumbo, jambalaya, and po’ boys, along with a massive, very good muffuletta (even the half-size is really big). Come during Happy Hour (weekdays until 8pm) for some $4 beers and discounted food, or get a booth with a group and drink some cocktails before checking out the DJ in the room in the back.
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Cervo’s is a little place on the LES where you can bring a date and share some seafood-centric small plates, or just sit at the bar and grab a drink.
The world’s first shabushabu omakase restaurant, owned by the people behind Cocoron, is a unique experience in a number of ways.
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Quality cocktails and more than decent food on Smith Street. Brunch is a big deal here.
Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
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Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
Bar Goto is a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar on the LES where you can get a martini with a lotus blossom and some top-notch bar snacks.
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