If there's one thing that people in New Orleans like to do (besides copulate) it's eating. Home to one of the country's most distinct and opulent food cultures, the city exports sad exiles, hungry men and women who pine for the foods of their home parish. It's not NOLA, but there are some havens here, if you look hard enough.
A southern tribute joint that did lardcore before lardcore was cool, Great Jones Cafe is still serving up cold beers and hot catfish with all the brio of old.
Raucous and rowdy, Bourbon Street resembles only that part of New Orleans for which it is named, a seething bro-hole missing only novelty hurricane cups and plastic beads. Oh wait, they do have novelty hurricane cups and plastic beads. Never mind.
The Delta Grill was one of the city's first New Orleans-themed restaurants, and it's still one of the best. Creole aficionados will find inauthenticities, of course, but the food is wholesome and well-seasoned, which is more than a lot of places in New Orleans can say.
The title of "Staten Island's Only New Orleans-Themed Restaurant" should be a melancholy one, but this lively bar and grill has verve and zing worthy of its name.
Atmosphere comes in bunches in this New Orleans-themed Red Hook bar: for once, the tribute and the location are kindred spirits, and you might think yourself in the bywater.
Dark and gothic, this New Orleans theme bar (the name refers to one of the crescent city's more picturesque areas) has personality to burn and who knows who you might meet there?
This quirky sandwich shop, on a remote street in an obscure area of town, has the distinction of serving the best po-boy in New York, and possibly even in New Orleans. Yes, I said it! The crisp bread, the blue point oysters, the delicate shrimp -- it's amazing. The chicken biscuit with cream gravy is almost as good, and the place is just so weird that it would be wroth visiting even if the food sucked.
New Orleans isn't as far from Astoria as you might think, culturally speaking -- and that's never more obvious than at this sleepy, NOLA-inspired eatery. Its name is a complete mystery, by the way.
Upscale, original, and evocative of its New Orleans inspiration, this East Village restaurant is pricier than its local rivals but worth the extra cash.