Cajun

Thanks to the three day weekend I was able to meet up with some of the crew for seafood this Sunday.  Being that we live in NYC and there are a bevy of places to check out it took some time to narrow it down, but we decided on Cajun Sea Seafood & Oyster bar in midtown.  Part was location as many of us live in different boros and if you’ve ever been on the subway on a weekend you know how tedious it can be to get around thanks to all the track work.  So on Sunday we gathered…

Now the place is fairly non-descript and located on a street that doesn’t see much traffic, but that means less people.  Now the idea is that they offer Cajun style dining, and having grown up in the bayou I think I have a good grasp on Cajun food.  My whole reason for picking this place was that they offer crayfish (or crawdads) depending on how you get down.  I grew up on these little tasty morsels and are a summertime staple if I ever met one. Imagine miniature lobsters, nom nom nom.  Sadly they don’t carry etouffee..  Now the inside is heavy wood, and nautical nonsense, nets, lighthouse lights, brass, and that jazz.   I mean if you’ve been in a Joe’s Crab Shack you know what I mean.  The back wall with the menu has a giant lobster on it…

So because the crew and I get down we got appetizers, oysters on the half shell and mussels in a spice tomato sauce (say that with an Italian accent!) and for the main course I got the crab and crawfish boil (Cajun style), someone got the gumbo, another seafood pasta, and jambalaya.  And like most seafood places they bring bibs, trash cans, shell crackers, and even gloves.  I was too much of a fatass to deal with gloves or a bib and dove right in.  Spicy….Oh shit I wasn’t ready (Kevin Hart voice) like there was legit a kick to the Cajun seasoning even on mild.  Most places say Cajun and kill it in red pepper, no which is NOT how you do it.  Google Paul Prudhomme and you will learn about Cajun cooking.   The crab wasn’t over cooked and the shells were crackable, not soft and pliable.  Everything was well seasoned and just the right amount of heat and flavor.  Not sure about the other dishes as I was waaaaay to focused on mines to pay much attention to anything else.  But from the sounds and looks, it appeared that everyone else enjoyed their dishes as well.  And to round out the meal we naturally ordered dessert.  Also a friend just broke up so they wanted to go full kilt, and who am I to say no to dessert.  Crème brulee and beignets along with coffee is what we got and shared.  Coffee was eh, weak and the brulee was decent but slightly watery.  The crust was well done and the flavor was good, just that it didn’t seem to have set very well.  Now ive never had actually beignets, but these were reminiscent of say zeppole’s or loukoumades. Basically fried dough dusted with powered sugar.  Um yes please!

Overall we had a good time, much to the disdain of some of the other patrons (because we are a bit loud….) and the food was good.  Service was decent but wasn’t all that attentive.  Overall 3.5 out of 5 forks, and they have happy hour EVERY day.  Good for a quick whetting for Cajun, but now I want to go to New Orleans for the real deal….

Brunching In Maysville

So in an effort to bring you more content I went brunching this past Saturday with a friend.  We went to Maysville over on 26th in the Flatiron area and I must say, its definitely a little gem.  Pretty obscure as there was just a small sign above the place, very kinda speak easyish.  Which given that they are a whiskey joint (also a huge part as to why I picked it).  So the interior is very straightforward with the exception of the bar, which kind of made me think of the grand bars you used to find say circa 1940’s and earlier.  Wood, marble and glass to give it that refined industrial feel, which if you read the ditty on the site its named after the port that shipped out some whiskey.

So my friend ordered the Chef’s breakfast which entailed eggs and meat and I got the French toast.  We both had been drinking the night prior so we needed some heavy starches to bind to the alcohol.  I got regular coffee which had a nice chicory taste, great to cut though the syrup.  I topped off my meal with roasted potatoes, and sweet babay jesus they were soooooo tasty.  The French toast was a thick brioche covered with ricotta and fruit compote.  Super tasty and flavors worked well together and it was more than enough to leave us filled.  And did I mention the potatoes?  Must be an Eastern European thing, because I can’t get enough of potatoes, and these were small reds roasted with a hint of salt. Like I would go back just for those bad boys.

Overall we both agreed we’d go back as it was super chill and the ambiance was pretty low key which is nice.  Plus the food was delish so I’d say 4 out of 5 forks.  So if you’re in the Flatiron area go peep it.