Mara's Homemade
Mara's Homemade

Mara's Homemade

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marashomemade.com/
  • Phone: 5166829200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Burgers, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Levi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Barbecue, crawfish boils and most anything on the menu is available for takeout and catering. Mara's makes fresh TurDuckEns and Fried Turkeys to order during the Fall holidays and may be available year round.
    Homemade desserts, including King Cakes, may be ordered with at least 24 hours notice.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michael Drive and Eileen Drive
  • Public Transit: LIRR service to Syosset on the Huntington/Port Jefferson line with taxi service to thè restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking lot with free parking is available in front of the restaurant.
A word from Mara's Homemade
Mara’s Homemade is family owned and operated serving authentic Barbecue, Southern and Cajun cuisine. Barbecue is smoked on premise. Gulf seafood, Andouille sausage and spices are flown in from New Orleans to make traditional, authentic dishes. When not utilizing Southern products, Mara's buys local.
Live crawfish are available when in season and weather permits.
Family recipes are the staple plus new creations developed by Chef Josh.
Signature dishes include Char-grilled Oysters, Crawfish Stuffed Bread, Crawfish Cheesecake and BBQ Black Peppered Shrimp.
Mara's now house grinds fresh brisket for their burgers. The hamburgers are served on pretzel buns baked daily on the premises. Turkey burgers are also available.
Homemade desserts are available daily and whole cakes and pies may be ordered to go with at least 24 hours’ notice.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Mara's Homemade reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (12)good for groups (11)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Consistently Good Meals
    ZmanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been to Mara's several times, & find it a refreshing change from many other restaurants in the area. We are not Southern food afficionados, and it seems every time we go we try something new. Loved the baby back ribs, the catfish & all the side dishes, especially the shrimp grits, crab cake, corn pudding, mac & cheese, jalapeno corn bread, fried pickle, beans & rice, fried okra, etc. Dishes we've liked on prior visits were the shrimp po' boy (spicy!), brisket & pulled pork. But our absolute FAVORITE is the chocolate cream pie - so fresh with a thick, chocolate cookie crust & filling that's deliciously denser and more chocolately than a mousse, with homemade whipped cream on top. You've got to try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Cajun Style Food
    ToddS
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We tried Mara's based on some positive reviews from friends and associates. The server was very accurate in describing the dishes and we were very pleased with our selection. We both had fish and our friends had ribs (which looked very good and I will get them when we go back) Overall a good local casual spot with genuine good homestyle cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cajun chase
    NeilVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Ok food , surly staff. Interesting menu with good Cajun food. Maybe I went on an " off day" but didn't make us feel welcome
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OYSTERS
    LovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Oyster lovers must experience the best chargrilled pearls of the sea !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip from NYC
    KMack
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were at their NYC location before it closed. We went to this location and were not let down! It is family run and they are very nice! Mara served us lunch and her daughter served the drinks. Lots of great New Orleans style dishes and some unique additions. The beer, wine, and drink lists go on for several pages so there is definitely something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent BBQ!
    monaco823
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is amazing! Everything from the gator bites appetizer to the southern fried chicken to the bread pudding was perfect! Went with a group and I recommend a reservation because the place is small and gets very very busy. My one negative was the noise level, so if you're looking for somewhere to have a quiet meal this isn't it. But if you like BBQ this is the best place to go! I will be returning to try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fresh!
    Fresh
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    True Cajun Creole BBQ food! Always fresh! My favorite is the Char-grilled Oysters! The best! I also love the Craw-fish stuffed bread. Both are appetizers but are very filling. Ribs, Clam bake, Brisket and Duck...all exceptional. Food is very, very good!! A great find. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ
    1234
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Awesome menu. Short ribs and corn grits amazing and my daughter's burger was perfect. Bit on the loud side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A place to go back again and again
    GoodfoodgoodfriendsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    While looking for a BBQ place we found Mara's Homemade. There is good BBQ here, but so much more. The menu is a binder full of tastes for every person. Our whole family loves the food which is reasonably priced. The service is wonderful. The menu is accompanied by an equally diversified drink list. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oysters
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was my second visit to the restaurant and the oysters were great. My friend was disappointed with the catfish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Experience
    Jozie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Been to Mara's a few times and always leave satisfied. Food, service and prices are all very good, as are the drinks. Pleasant servers, diverse drink menu, quality food and variety of choices makes this a place you can go with just about anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried Oysters
    oysters
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Came here after several friends had recommended it. I was craving fried oysters and they did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • franVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    What a great find. Wonderful food and lots of fun. Mara is so nice and spent some time talking with us. I will definitely be back. The chocolate cream pie is amazing. I'm still thinking about that pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Mara's Homemade reviews archive.
  • Good Southern Comfort in NY
    AnonymousReviewerVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I love southern BBQ, and this place is as close to that as I have found on Long Island. This particular night all of us ordered ribs and chicken combo - the chicken, unfortunately, was dry, but the ribs (and some of us had baby back, and others the St Louis cut) were great. All the sides were really good too, especially the onion rings. They need to add regular tea, both iced and black, to the menu. Passion fruit/mint or whatever it was, is just wrong. I will be going back for the ribs and onion rings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Heather
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We've been coming to Mara's for about a year now and have always had a pleasant experience. The food is fantastic, the menu is HUGE, and there are always several delicious specials to choose from as well. Service is usually quick and friendly as well, and the servers are pretty knowledgeable about the menu items. The whiskey list is also extensive (and they have whiskey flights!) if you're into that sort of thing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Cajun Food
    evamarieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It isn't easy to find a place on Long Island that serves up authentic southern specialties including New Orleans favorites like Oyster Po Boys and Crawfish Etoufee, but Mara's does it! Great cornbread, great fried chicken, and you can even order a crawfish boil if you don't mind working for your food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply awesome!
    MMargulisVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We've been going to Mara's since they were in the city. When we heard they were coming out to Long Island we were thrilled. It's one of the few restaurants that we order different things each time we go. From soft shell crab po boys to the ribs & smoked duck you never go wrong. Last night I had catfish smothered in étouffée, I dreamed about it. Just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Cajun Good
    cali
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    On an island full of pizza places, chinese, burger, fast food this place is a great change of pace. The food is great and the place itself is different. My wife and I have been coming here since their days in manhattan and we couldn't be happier that they are here. You can have anything, soft-shell crabs, po boy, crawfish everything is amazing. The hurricanes are a must as is the strawberry pie.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Cajun & BBQ
    JohnnyBlackVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went on a Mother's Day outing for dinner at Mara's and were exceptionally pleased. Everything, I mean everything was top quality and very good eatin'. Fried oyster appetizer was out of this world. We all went medieval on the BBQ. The young-in and I had some mighty tasty BBQ ribs, Arkansas style and the Mrs loved the pull pork. The sides were great and fresh fresh fresh. Some interesting beers on tap too and a full cocktail bar. We will be back. Y'all come back now, y'hear?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Cajon Style Food
    CopDoc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We go to Nashville, Memphis and Alabama five times a year. We've eaten at Neele's, Rondavous, Jack's, Tim's, etc. Mara's is right up there. While the portions are huge, she doesn't fill you up on rice and fillers. The food menu is extensive, as is the beverage menu. We can't wait to show Mara's off to our Southern visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique southern style find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Family owned charming little restaurant with extensive menu if southern favorites at reasonable prices. St Louis ribs were amazing...meat fell off the bones and were moist and juicy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern charm with a New York vibe
    Barbar
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great southern cooking - if you are looking for it you have found it! Lots of southern classics with their own spin. Everything is fresh and house made. Don't miss the key lime pie!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints!
    RobbyleeVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    My husband and I have eaten here several times before & this time brought another couple with us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal, from the beef ribs to the tilapia, the redfish & various apps. The only complaint we have is it's always overly warm in the restaurant. Their heating/cooling system isn't efficient. The night we ate there all four of us were very uncomfortable with very little cooperation in cooling the place down.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MadeinNY
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    It was a great night out! A birthday dinner with my family. Food was fresh, hot food came to the table HOT (which I loved). I would recommend the grilled oysters to anyone and everyone.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little taste of the South
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Mara's surpassed all of our expectations! After reviewing the menu online, we decided it was a perfect place to celebrate Mom's 67th birthday. The staff were incredibly helpful with deciding the best dishes to order. The hush puppies were perfectly cooked. Crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. My brother in law raved about the Gumbo for the entire meal. The jalapeño corn bread was perfect. The owners came over and wished mom a Happy Birthday, and even though she opted out of dessert ( the portions are that big), they brought over a shot glass with whipped cream and a candle! We are already planning our next visit with more family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Charm in Syosset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Ambience is great. Vast seafood menu. If you like shellfish - it is a great place. The meats and desserts are a little dry though so bewarew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The menu is off the charts but what I can't get over is that everything that I've had so far is better than the best! How can it be so? But it is!! Shrimp and grits are the best that I have ever had. And the team is so friendly and welcoming. You can't help but feel that you are sharing a remarkable experience with everyone else in the place. And you are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern food
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Our second time here. Just as good as the first. Large portions of delicious food. Lots of choices to pick. Great beer selection. We will return! Very noisy! More than energetic! Good desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best ever!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Always hard to decide what to order because everything is so good. Crawfish pot pie was amazing! Rack of lamb, tender and flavorful. Dark chocolate soufflé is one of the best you will ever taste. Could eat here every night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    ScottyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    There may be no ambiance to speak of in this tiny, local hideaway, but the food speaks for itself. The ribs really do fall off the bone. I'm not a big fan of Okra, but you can their fried okra like potato chips, you can't have just one. Mara, who is very welcoming, came to our table and offered very good recommendations based on our likes & dislikes. Overall, a very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laissez les bons temps rouler
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Enjoyed the authentic Cajun flare at Mara's with a date. The food is pretty good and they are the only place I know of on Long Island where you can get decent New Orleans/Louisiana fare. Stick to the basics here, crawfish, oysters, po boy. I also had the ribs which actually a bit dry, maybe prepped to far ahead but the BBQ sauce was tasty enough to distract me. The salad and oysters were great, sides of fried okra and mash potatoes also very tasty. The Whisky/Burbon list is unmatched in the area and if you want to drink this spot is perfect, maybe a bit overpriced because of location, specialty drinks should be in the $8- $10 range not $14. Overall I reccomend and anticipate they will continue to improve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not so good management
    opeltzVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    love Mara's and it is definitely one of our go to's on casual nights. Very disappointed with management as they do not allow you to swap sides. My husband ordered a fish special that came with collard greens, he asked to swap the collard greens and the waitress said the owners do not allow that. She also described that it would come under the fish with sauce on top. When it came out, it was in a different dish on its own as a side. Ridiculous in my opinion and it wasn't even touched, so that's just wasting food. Besides that the food is good, but terrible management skills.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little bit of ' Nawlins' on Long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    What a surprisingly good little restaurant ! Great food, good prices and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Hungry; Go Thirsty
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Mara's is a small little neighborhood place with a big menu and great understanding of hospitality. The menu is very large with an emphasis on the owner's southern roots. The best features are the New Orleans inspired dishes and the southern BBQ. If you like crayfish and shrimp this is definitely for you. For adventurous appetizers try the charbroiled oysters; don't forget to try the crayfish bread (definitely on my list of best things I ever ate). Best part is the bar service. This is one of the more interesting things to drink. Tell them what you like and they will bring you several different bottles, many of which you may never have seen, and they will tell you the back story of each liquor and what it is like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A keeper!
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Our first time at the restaurant. Food was very good, large portions! We had the peeled shrimp, mara's salad, fried chicken and both kinds of ribs. We enjoyed them all. Tried 3 different types if beer that was on tap. Enjoyed those as well. Definitely will go back. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Start Good Finish
    Fatherof4
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentines day. have been going to Mara's every 4-6 weeks. Restarant was very crowded Friday night. Service was a bit hectic at first as servers seemed overwhlemd. After initial seating things settled down nicely and everything was great. Appetizers of Fried Green tomoatoes to start was delicious and main courses of Ribs and brisket and catfish was good and unique as well. The soufle and strawberry pie as desserts were great and had incredible flavor.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cajun on Long Island?
    NYGatorBoy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Yes it is, and it's damn good, too. They've got things that are unimaginable up here (who stuffs bread with crawfish?) but are absolutely delicious! Authentic cajun food in New Yawk, who wouldda thought?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent southern food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Eating at Mara's was a wonderful dining experience. Mara was very accommodating when I had to change my reservation at the last minute. The food was delicious and the service was good on a busy Saturday night. I had the fried chicken, which was not encased in a thick, crusty batter; rather it was in a light, well seasoned coating. The 1/2 chicken was moist and delicious. My wife's brisket sandwich on a baguette was smoky and tender. The menu was extensive and kid friendly and the portions were generous. The only drawback was that we were seated right next to the front door which allowed cold air in every time the door opened. Mara was very attentive, coming over to our table several times to see how our meal was.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. Service attentive.
    MJR1
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Food was delicious but they didn't have two of the items we actually came to the restaurant for. Additionally they didn't have the tequila we had asked for. The restaurant was busy and I would definitely go back to try again, but to run out of food and drink for a 7:30 reservation on a Friday nite, seemed odd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans on Long Island
    Food57VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Truly authentic New Orleans cuisine. Try the Po' Boys, Char Grilled Oysters, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Boil and chicken fried steak. In fact, try it all . . . it's an extensive and diverse menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.