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Best New York Cajun Restaurants

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 14th 2011

If you love spicy Cajun food, but think that the only place you can the "real deal" is in New Orleans (some people pronounce it "N'awlins"), you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are several Cajun restaurants in New York City that serve food good enough to make you think you're in the Big Easy. So, grab your friends and get ready to check out these NYC Cajun restaurants. Some of them even offer zydeco music, so you'll really get in the mood.

Birdland, 315 W 44th Street

This is one of Cajun restaurants in New York City that offers "dinner and a show," sort of. It's actually a combination jazz club and restaurant, so you can eat dinner while you listen to some of the smoothest jazz this side of New Orleans—and Chicago, too, for that matter, because jazz in New York City became popular in the 20s when many famous jazz musicians relocated from Chicago to New York.

The restaurant has been in business for more than sixty years. It opened in December, 1949, and made three location moves before settling in at its current 44th Street location. Come experience Birdland's jazz and Cajun cuisine.

The Delta Grill, 700 9th Avenue

When you visit The Delta Grill (or "Delta", as it's more commonly known), you know you're getting authentic Cajun food. That's because the chef, Bobby Bouyer, is a Louisiana native with some deep Creole roots. During the summer months, The Delta Grill offers such specials as crawfish boils and Abita Double IPA, Abita Strawberry, and Long Island's Blue Point Brewery's Summer Ale beers. These specials only last through the summer, so make sure you visit during this time.

The Great Jones Café, 54 Great Jones Street

This Cajun restaurant is located in the Bowery, and opened in June, 1983, when Great Jones Street was still a little-known street where impromptu whiffle ball games were the norm. You could probably say that the Bowery has become "gentrified" now, but The Great Jones Café is still the same little café it always was; only now some of the original patrons are starting to bring their children and even their grandchildren.

Come to The Great Jones Café and get a taste of what the Bowery used to be like. You'll enjoy the food and the history that surrounds this little "hole in the wall" eatery.
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Why? Because there are many great Cajun restaurants in New York
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on restaurant
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