Mara's Homemade

★★★★☆
  • 342 E 6th St

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-598-1110

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have been to my fair share of restaurants ,

I am a gourmet cook and commercial fisherman.

I also know what New Orleans food is suppose to at least emulate, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE i would NEVER go again .

From the crappy jalapeno

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★★★★★

have been to my fair share of restaurants ,

I am a gourmet cook and commercial fisherman.

I also know what New Orleans food is suppose to at least emulate, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE i would NEVER go again .

From the crappy jalapeno

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I challenge you to find someone who would not consider the atmosphere charming. And the food is quite good, at reasonable prices.

3
★★★★★

I challenge you to find someone who would not consider the atmosphere charming. And the food is quite good, at reasonable prices.

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I've been living in NYC since 2000. Originally I'm from South Mississippi where Crawfish is a part of our weekly diet. It took some time but my wife finally uncovered a GOLD MINE for me. Mara's is now my FAVORITE place to eat in all of NYC. The crawfish comes in a bucket with potatos, corn on the cobb and mushrooms - JUST LIKE BACK HOME!! There's even SAINTS (who dat!) Posters adorning the walls. No place is better.

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★★★☆☆

I've been living in NYC since 2000. Originally I'm from South Mississippi where Crawfish is a part of our weekly diet. It took some time but my wife finally uncovered a GOLD MINE for me. Mara's is now my FAVORITE place to eat in all of NYC. The crawfish comes in a bucket with potatos, corn on the cobb and mushrooms - JUST LIKE BACK HOME!! There's even SAINTS (who dat!) Posters adorning the walls. No place is better.

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I've been dining here for years. Ive read all thr reviews about the staff being rude, mean or rushing people out. Ive NEVER EVER experienced any of these.

The staff has ALWAYS been courteous to me and my wife.Ive had birthday parties here and family gatherings. Ive taken half the restaurant and Ive taken a single table by myself, Ive always enjoyed myself. Food has always been spot on (especially the BBQ). After eating BBQ here, Ive been looking for better. Ive been to Northern Cali, Miami, Orlando, Boston THIS IS STILL MY FAVE!

Prices have gone up, but considering how good it is, its always worth the splurge.

Mara also does cooking classes which seem interesting.

2
★★★★★

I've been dining here for years. Ive read all thr reviews about the staff being rude, mean or rushing people out. Ive NEVER EVER experienced any of these.

The staff has ALWAYS been courteous to me and my wife.Ive had birthday parties here and family gatherings. Ive taken half the restaurant and Ive taken a single table by myself, Ive always enjoyed myself. Food has always been spot on (especially the BBQ). After eating BBQ here, Ive been looking for better. Ive been to Northern Cali, Miami, Orlando, Boston THIS IS STILL MY FAVE!

Prices have gone up, but considering how good it is, its always worth the splurge.

Mara also does cooking classes which seem interesting.

Pros: Authentic Food, Huge Portions, Amazing Desserts

Cons: Small Place

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Went there last night to meet a friend for dinner and was asked to leave after inquiring about a table and a fifteen minute seating wait (with 3 tables avail). I was told that a big party was leaving and that we would get two seats up front. Those tables were cleared and they sat others waiting who had arrived after. I asked about our seat, reminding that we were also waiting, and was told, "Probably will not be able to please you, it would be best if you would leave" by owner David. A personal first to be asked to leave a restaurant after inquiring about seating! Suggest those with interest read posts here and on other sites before deciding on Mara's- odd behavior from owners and poor service are both common if you read through comments.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went there last night to meet a friend for dinner and was asked to leave after inquiring about a table and a fifteen minute seating wait (with 3 tables avail). I was told that a big party was leaving and that we would get two seats up front. Those tables were cleared and they sat others waiting who had arrived after. I asked about our seat, reminding that we were also waiting, and was told, "Probably will not be able to please you, it would be best if you would leave" by owner David. A personal first to be asked to leave a restaurant after inquiring about seating! Suggest those with interest read posts here and on other sites before deciding on Mara's- odd behavior from owners and poor service are both common if you read through comments.

Pros: None

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It's hard to find good Key Lime Pie in the City. Too often, the taste is wrong, the texture is off or worse: it tastes pre-packaged. That's why it was a delight to discover the perfect Key Lime pie at Mara's Homemade!

The taste is sweet with the right balance of key lime. The texture is firm but creamy, complimented by a thin graham crust. Best of all, there's no whipped cream or other frippery to distract you from the subtle nuances of this rare treat. It succeeds on its own, as the best pies do.

If you're in the mood for a Southern delight done right, head over to Mara's and grab a slice of Key Lime Pie. You won't be disappointed!

2
★★★★★

It's hard to find good Key Lime Pie in the City. Too often, the taste is wrong, the texture is off or worse: it tastes pre-packaged. That's why it was a delight to discover the perfect Key Lime pie at Mara's Homemade!

The taste is sweet with the right balance of key lime. The texture is firm but creamy, complimented by a thin graham crust. Best of all, there's no whipped cream or other frippery to distract you from the subtle nuances of this rare treat. It succeeds on its own, as the best pies do.

If you're in the mood for a Southern delight done right, head over to Mara's and grab a slice of Key Lime Pie. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: As good as Gramma's

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I can't believe this place is once again a top NYC BBQ spot. The restaurant smelled like an open sewer when my brother and I went last summer after it had just made the list. The food is horrible, the drinks weak, and the atmosphere like something out of a Third Avenue, frat-boy nightmare.
Anyone who thinks that this is good BBQ has never had it...and has no palate.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe this place is once again a top NYC BBQ spot. The restaurant smelled like an open sewer when my brother and I went last summer after it had just made the list. The food is horrible, the drinks weak, and the atmosphere like something out of a Third Avenue, frat-boy nightmare.
Anyone who thinks that this is good BBQ has never had it...and has no palate.

Pros: The waitress burped when she gave us our food...it was filth

Cons: oh wait...

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I do not recommend this place to anyone. It was by far the most awkward dining experience of my life. First, they couldn?t seat us right away even though we made reservations (no biggie, pretty normal). But, literally 5 minutes after we were seated, both Mara and her husband came to our table yelling at us because we had not ordered yet. On top of that, it took 20 minutes for our drinks to come, not to mention, they were brought one by one in 5 minute increments. They then proceeded to tell us that we could not leave the table or go outside to make a phone call or have a cigarette and that the next person to leave would not only not be able to come back in, but would also have the cops called on them. We were then told that we could not use the bathroom because of a ?recent theft??I don?t even know what that means; I guess someone stole toilet paper? Mara and her husband both need a serious attitude adjustment. We are not guests in your home (thank God), we are paying customers, learn how to run a business. I don?t know if they treat all of their customers like this, or just parties of 12 spending over $700. Oh, and the food was just ok, nothing special at all.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I do not recommend this place to anyone. It was by far the most awkward dining experience of my life. First, they couldn?t seat us right away even though we made reservations (no biggie, pretty normal). But, literally 5 minutes after we were seated, both Mara and her husband came to our table yelling at us because we had not ordered yet. On top of that, it took 20 minutes for our drinks to come, not to mention, they were brought one by one in 5 minute increments. They then proceeded to tell us that we could not leave the table or go outside to make a phone call or have a cigarette and that the next person to leave would not only not be able to come back in, but would also have the cops called on them. We were then told that we could not use the bathroom because of a ?recent theft??I don?t even know what that means; I guess someone stole toilet paper? Mara and her husband both need a serious attitude adjustment. We are not guests in your home (thank God), we are paying customers, learn how to run a business. I don?t know if they treat all of their customers like this, or just parties of 12 spending over $700. Oh, and the food was just ok, nothing special at all.

Pros: none

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Mara has inspired me to write my 1st review on CitySearch in 8 years of using the site. If you are looking for the best po boys short of going to the Washington metro area, RUN to Mara's. Being a New Orleans (N.O.) BK transplant, I have tried them at most other other New York area restaurants (Cooking with Jazz, Mardi Gras, Delta Grill, Stan's Place, Bayou, ect) and another that has since closed in Hell's Kitchen.

I'm so happy some else appreciates Gulf Coast seafood besides me (oysters from anywhere else taste totally different plus they have a bunch of green yucky stuff in them and if I get one more shrimp po boy made from breaded frozen shrimp, I'm going to beat them...then tar and feather them. That's a mortal sin in South Louisiana (LA). Mara's does it right with fresh seafood fried using corn meal/flour on a french baguette - the closest thing you can get to N.O. style french bread in NYC - at a great price especially when you consider that she imports seafood and has to have fresh bread available 7 days a week. The jambalaya wasn't bad either.

Just one more thing, her restaurant smells fine. Anyone who grew up in an area where you eat seafood frequently year round (South LA, Coastal Maine) knows you can't have fresh seafood with some odor. That's why grandma made paran clean the fresh catfish we used to catch in the backyard.

They are the most authentic Creole/Cajun restaurant, I have been to so far in the tri-state area, You will have to take a 2.5 hr flight to N.O. to get anything better.

PS - They have Abita Root Beer brewed in LA and sweetened with LA Sugar cane syrup not HFCS for all you Root Beer/Specialty Soda heads out there; it's sweet n smooth.

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★★★★★

Mara has inspired me to write my 1st review on CitySearch in 8 years of using the site. If you are looking for the best po boys short of going to the Washington metro area, RUN to Mara's. Being a New Orleans (N.O.) BK transplant, I have tried them at most other other New York area restaurants (Cooking with Jazz, Mardi Gras, Delta Grill, Stan's Place, Bayou, ect) and another that has since closed in Hell's Kitchen.

I'm so happy some else appreciates Gulf Coast seafood besides me (oysters from anywhere else taste totally different plus they have a bunch of green yucky stuff in them and if I get one more shrimp po boy made from breaded frozen shrimp, I'm going to beat them...then tar and feather them. That's a mortal sin in South Louisiana (LA). Mara's does it right with fresh seafood fried using corn meal/flour on a french baguette - the closest thing you can get to N.O. style french bread in NYC - at a great price especially when you consider that she imports seafood and has to have fresh bread available 7 days a week. The jambalaya wasn't bad either.

Just one more thing, her restaurant smells fine. Anyone who grew up in an area where you eat seafood frequently year round (South LA, Coastal Maine) knows you can't have fresh seafood with some odor. That's why grandma made paran clean the fresh catfish we used to catch in the backyard.

They are the most authentic Creole/Cajun restaurant, I have been to so far in the tri-state area, You will have to take a 2.5 hr flight to N.O. to get anything better.

PS - They have Abita Root Beer brewed in LA and sweetened with LA Sugar cane syrup not HFCS for all you Root Beer/Specialty Soda heads out there; it's sweet n smooth.

Pros: Authenticity, Price, Family owned

Cons: They don't deliver to BK

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We love Mara's for the great New Orleans food & barbecue. We also enjoy being there because we are always welcomed by Mara & her husband David & usually served by daughter Hannah. What more can you ask for?! This cute little restaurant serves great food that ishard to find anywhere else in the city - like crawfish boil and crawfish etouffe. One bite and it takes you back to New Orleans - pre-Katrina! The barbecue is excellent also, but we usually go there for the hurricanes and Cajun/Creole cuisines. You will never be disappointed.

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★★★★★

We love Mara's for the great New Orleans food & barbecue. We also enjoy being there because we are always welcomed by Mara & her husband David & usually served by daughter Hannah. What more can you ask for?! This cute little restaurant serves great food that ishard to find anywhere else in the city - like crawfish boil and crawfish etouffe. One bite and it takes you back to New Orleans - pre-Katrina! The barbecue is excellent also, but we usually go there for the hurricanes and Cajun/Creole cuisines. You will never be disappointed.

Pros: Friendly with great food!

Cons: Small restaurant, sometimes the tables are close to each other.

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Upon arriving to this restaurant, we were rushed to sit down because another party was coming to take our place at 7pm...we arrived around 5:15pm. The woman seating and serving us was very nasty...whom we believed to be Mara herself. The food was authentic according to my good friend from New Orleans who was in our party, but extremely overpriced. Mara acted like it was a chore to wait on our party of 8 and tried to rush everything along. I did witness her abusing one of her employees by slamming the walk in freezer door in his face and yelling at him. This is definately a family-own/run business. When it came time for dessert Mara rushed us and said that we could not look at the menu but were welcome to take a whole Key Lime Pie home for $15. Every dessert someone in our party mentioned Mara replied with..."Yes, TO GO!" All in all it was a horrible experience and I don't care how authentic the food was, the awful service will keep me from going back to Mara's Homemade. Oh, one last note...we paid mostly in cash...our bill for 8 people came out to over $400 and we put in $333 cash and the rest on one person's credit card. Mara came back to the table with the receipt for the card to sign reflecting that only $313 in cash was given. The cash was counted a number of times and was definately $333, somehow $20 of our cash payment didn't make it from our table to the register. I don't understand how this place has so many great reviews...don't believe them! This is the truth!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Upon arriving to this restaurant, we were rushed to sit down because another party was coming to take our place at 7pm...we arrived around 5:15pm. The woman seating and serving us was very nasty...whom we believed to be Mara herself. The food was authentic according to my good friend from New Orleans who was in our party, but extremely overpriced. Mara acted like it was a chore to wait on our party of 8 and tried to rush everything along. I did witness her abusing one of her employees by slamming the walk in freezer door in his face and yelling at him. This is definately a family-own/run business. When it came time for dessert Mara rushed us and said that we could not look at the menu but were welcome to take a whole Key Lime Pie home for $15. Every dessert someone in our party mentioned Mara replied with..."Yes, TO GO!" All in all it was a horrible experience and I don't care how authentic the food was, the awful service will keep me from going back to Mara's Homemade. Oh, one last note...we paid mostly in cash...our bill for 8 people came out to over $400 and we put in $333 cash and the rest on one person's credit card. Mara came back to the table with the receipt for the card to sign reflecting that only $313 in cash was given. The cash was counted a number of times and was definately $333, somehow $20 of our cash payment didn't make it from our table to the register. I don't understand how this place has so many great reviews...don't believe them! This is the truth!

Pros: Authentic Southern Food that Tastes good

Cons: Worst service I've ever had...turned all 8 of us off from ever returning. Very small, 1/2 of restaurant seemed to serve as the family's living area, very rushed service

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My husband and I have been coming to Mara's for years. As a native NYer, I've seen family owned and historic buisnesses get shut down and replaced by fashionable- yet terrible- overpriced establishments.

Mara's is the real deal, a great mom and pop restaurant with family recipies you will not find from any celebrity chef. You might have to wait a little longer (small family wait-staff), but it's well worth it. They work hard and take pride in getting the best seafood from Fulton market.

The only problem is that you will be tempted to fill up on the great assortment of appetizers before you even get to the entree, and then get so stuffed you can't move at the end of the meal.

Personal faves: Crab fingers (must dip bread in marinade), artichoke dip, pulled pork and the beignets.

Seasonal specialties: soft shell crabs, crawfish and steamers.

* I'd also like to comment on the bad reviews- this ISN't a Yuppie East Village restaurant with a professional kiss-your-tuchus wait staff and interior design- Mara and her family are nice, but if you're 20 minutes late for your reservation, they're not going to bend over backwords to seat you and delay the next party's reservation after you. The food isn't sitting around waiting to be microwaved for your order, so yeah, you might have to wait till it's cooked.

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been coming to Mara's for years. As a native NYer, I've seen family owned and historic buisnesses get shut down and replaced by fashionable- yet terrible- overpriced establishments.

Mara's is the real deal, a great mom and pop restaurant with family recipies you will not find from any celebrity chef. You might have to wait a little longer (small family wait-staff), but it's well worth it. They work hard and take pride in getting the best seafood from Fulton market.

The only problem is that you will be tempted to fill up on the great assortment of appetizers before you even get to the entree, and then get so stuffed you can't move at the end of the meal.

Personal faves: Crab fingers (must dip bread in marinade), artichoke dip, pulled pork and the beignets.

Seasonal specialties: soft shell crabs, crawfish and steamers.

* I'd also like to comment on the bad reviews- this ISN't a Yuppie East Village restaurant with a professional kiss-your-tuchus wait staff and interior design- Mara and her family are nice, but if you're 20 minutes late for your reservation, they're not going to bend over backwords to seat you and delay the next party's reservation after you. The food isn't sitting around waiting to be microwaved for your order, so yeah, you might have to wait till it's cooked.

Pros: Excellent food, family owned buisness.

Cons: Drinks are a bit expensive.

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I'm a first time writer, but thoughtful and objective. The meal I had at Mara's Homemade was one of the top 10 best meals I've ever tasted. I'm not an expert on BBQ, but to the chagrin of my wife and doctor it is what I would choose to eat just about every night. Closer to the late Pies N' Thighs than Blue Smoke in atmosphere. I ordered the pulled pork platter - a delicious smoked meat plate with a well-crafted rub. Although it was equally scrumptious, I was able to use as little sauce as I wanted, as it came on the side - a big plus. The meat was so moist, it really didn't need sauce at all. The homemade sweet tea tasted more like candy than tea, and there was no weak link, with perfect corn pudding and potato salad. For dessert, I had Bluegrass Pie - a chocolate pecan bourbon masterpiece in a graham cracker crust.
The staff is a trip. I found them to be pretty New-York-straight-forward. Some people interpret this as "poor customer service," but I strongly disagree. Mara was a sweetheart who was short staffed the night we went, but the food came out promptly and her amazing deadpan humor kept us laughing. Strongly recommended if you like BBQ and characters.

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★★★★★

I'm a first time writer, but thoughtful and objective. The meal I had at Mara's Homemade was one of the top 10 best meals I've ever tasted. I'm not an expert on BBQ, but to the chagrin of my wife and doctor it is what I would choose to eat just about every night. Closer to the late Pies N' Thighs than Blue Smoke in atmosphere. I ordered the pulled pork platter - a delicious smoked meat plate with a well-crafted rub. Although it was equally scrumptious, I was able to use as little sauce as I wanted, as it came on the side - a big plus. The meat was so moist, it really didn't need sauce at all. The homemade sweet tea tasted more like candy than tea, and there was no weak link, with perfect corn pudding and potato salad. For dessert, I had Bluegrass Pie - a chocolate pecan bourbon masterpiece in a graham cracker crust.
The staff is a trip. I found them to be pretty New-York-straight-forward. Some people interpret this as "poor customer service," but I strongly disagree. Mara was a sweetheart who was short staffed the night we went, but the food came out promptly and her amazing deadpan humor kept us laughing. Strongly recommended if you like BBQ and characters.

Pros: Mouth-altering succulence

Cons: Friendly but slowish service

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I ordered the rib combo (half raack St. Louis, half raack baby back). They are served with the sauce on the side, which I fully endorse. Why drown the ribs with sauce? While the ribs have a somewhat smoky taste and are very tender, they are not very tasty. I'm not sure if it's the way they are seasoned. But with a dousing of BBQ sauce, they were somewhat better ... although I believe ribs should be tasty without the sauce. Comparing with other BBQ places in the city, this was quite avg/mediocre. Smoked corn on the cob and mashed potatoes were interesting.

The place is very small. The service was fine, they are very nice friendly people. On a warm summer night, the front door was open and that affected the A/C.

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★★★☆☆

I ordered the rib combo (half raack St. Louis, half raack baby back). They are served with the sauce on the side, which I fully endorse. Why drown the ribs with sauce? While the ribs have a somewhat smoky taste and are very tender, they are not very tasty. I'm not sure if it's the way they are seasoned. But with a dousing of BBQ sauce, they were somewhat better ... although I believe ribs should be tasty without the sauce. Comparing with other BBQ places in the city, this was quite avg/mediocre. Smoked corn on the cob and mashed potatoes were interesting.

The place is very small. The service was fine, they are very nice friendly people. On a warm summer night, the front door was open and that affected the A/C.

Pros: Good Service

Cons: Average Food

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In reading the many complaints about service, I would have to disagree based on my one (and probably only) time at Mara's. The wait staff was pleasant and friendly but it was the food and the portions that earned my three star rating. I always associate southern food with big, hearty portions and my friend and I opened our mouths in surprise when we saw how few pieces we had on our Fisherman's Platter. We also had the fried okra and the jambalaya, which we didn't finish even though I wasn't very full. I did notice the smell of seafood as soon as I walked into the restaurant but it wasn't malodorous to the point that I wanted to walk out. In summary, the food at Mara's provided my meal for that evening but it was far from a culinary experience.

1
★★★☆☆

In reading the many complaints about service, I would have to disagree based on my one (and probably only) time at Mara's. The wait staff was pleasant and friendly but it was the food and the portions that earned my three star rating. I always associate southern food with big, hearty portions and my friend and I opened our mouths in surprise when we saw how few pieces we had on our Fisherman's Platter. We also had the fried okra and the jambalaya, which we didn't finish even though I wasn't very full. I did notice the smell of seafood as soon as I walked into the restaurant but it wasn't malodorous to the point that I wanted to walk out. In summary, the food at Mara's provided my meal for that evening but it was far from a culinary experience.

Pros: Good location

Cons: Not great food

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Although the food at Mara's was mostly excellent and some of the only authentic cajun/southern food I've found in NYC, the rude service ruined our experience. We had reservations. Two of our party were running late and after only about 10-15 minutes after we arrived, they took their chairs, saying the needed space for another party. Because our party was mostly young (in our 20's) it seemed the staff assumed the worst about us from the beginning. They demanded that we order immediately, before we'd really had a chance to read through the menu. Some members of our party wanted to order multiple side dishes instead of entres, and even though the cost came out to about the same, the staff accused us of trying to bankrupt them! They told us we were not spending enough money (we spent about $20 per person) and made my friends extremely uncomfortable. If they had an official minimum per-person charge, we would have paid it, but instead, they just decided to spring on the pressure when we were ordering. Moreover, we would have spent more money anyway, but they were all out of a number of menu items we tried to order and our options were very limited. It also took 20 minutes to get them to bring us a glass of water, and the space was extremely cramped and noisy. We had originally planned to stay for dessert, but the service was so intolerable we ate and left as quickly as possible and just went to a diner so our late friends, who had not been allowed to join us, could get something to eat.

That said, the food was mostly excellent. Although some of the vegetables were very bland (especially the fried okra), I enjoyed the sampler plate immensely. It included very flavorful red beans and rice as well as excellent jambalaya with real andouille sausage -- a rarity outside of Louisiana. If you really crave authentic Louisiana food in New York, it might be worth braving the staff, but I would recommend taking your business elsewhere!

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★☆☆☆☆

Although the food at Mara's was mostly excellent and some of the only authentic cajun/southern food I've found in NYC, the rude service ruined our experience. We had reservations. Two of our party were running late and after only about 10-15 minutes after we arrived, they took their chairs, saying the needed space for another party. Because our party was mostly young (in our 20's) it seemed the staff assumed the worst about us from the beginning. They demanded that we order immediately, before we'd really had a chance to read through the menu. Some members of our party wanted to order multiple side dishes instead of entres, and even though the cost came out to about the same, the staff accused us of trying to bankrupt them! They told us we were not spending enough money (we spent about $20 per person) and made my friends extremely uncomfortable. If they had an official minimum per-person charge, we would have paid it, but instead, they just decided to spring on the pressure when we were ordering. Moreover, we would have spent more money anyway, but they were all out of a number of menu items we tried to order and our options were very limited. It also took 20 minutes to get them to bring us a glass of water, and the space was extremely cramped and noisy. We had originally planned to stay for dessert, but the service was so intolerable we ate and left as quickly as possible and just went to a diner so our late friends, who had not been allowed to join us, could get something to eat.

That said, the food was mostly excellent. Although some of the vegetables were very bland (especially the fried okra), I enjoyed the sampler plate immensely. It included very flavorful red beans and rice as well as excellent jambalaya with real andouille sausage -- a rarity outside of Louisiana. If you really crave authentic Louisiana food in New York, it might be worth braving the staff, but I would recommend taking your business elsewhere!

Pros: Food

Cons: Service, Noise, Cramped space

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I can't believe how we were treated. We were told we couldn't have any desserts that were warm because they needed our table for another party coming in. Then when we asked for change for a $20 they refused to until we paid for the entire check first saying they were afraid that we would run out on the check. One of our party is pregnant and all of us ranged in ages from our late 20's to early 40's and the tiny restaurant had their cashier right by the only exit.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe how we were treated. We were told we couldn't have any desserts that were warm because they needed our table for another party coming in. Then when we asked for change for a $20 they refused to until we paid for the entire check first saying they were afraid that we would run out on the check. One of our party is pregnant and all of us ranged in ages from our late 20's to early 40's and the tiny restaurant had their cashier right by the only exit.

Pros: food

Cons: service

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In a city where either overpriced or mediocre BBQ restaurants are a the norm, it's refreshing to find a delicious place that's reasonably priced. It's tricky though, because it's easy to get caught up in the options that by the time dessert and after-dinner bourbon come around, you've run up quite the bill. The selection of unusual Louisiana draft beers doesn't hurt either. Mara herself served us and took the time to recommend food/sauce combinations from a selection of condiments that she makes herself. The Ultimate Combo plate is great for sharing and includes a bit of everything. The mac n' cheese is especially dazzling. The brisket, fabulous. The interior is a bit tight and the decor strange but in the low light of the evening can be surprisingly romantic. We LOVE this place.

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★★★★★

In a city where either overpriced or mediocre BBQ restaurants are a the norm, it's refreshing to find a delicious place that's reasonably priced. It's tricky though, because it's easy to get caught up in the options that by the time dessert and after-dinner bourbon come around, you've run up quite the bill. The selection of unusual Louisiana draft beers doesn't hurt either. Mara herself served us and took the time to recommend food/sauce combinations from a selection of condiments that she makes herself. The Ultimate Combo plate is great for sharing and includes a bit of everything. The mac n' cheese is especially dazzling. The brisket, fabulous. The interior is a bit tight and the decor strange but in the low light of the evening can be surprisingly romantic. We LOVE this place.

Pros: Abita beers, beef brisket

Cons: small

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The first thing that I noticed was the smell. I do not mind the smell of fresh fish or seafood but this was neither. It smelled like a clogged drain pipe. The food tasted like the recipes were clipped from a bad womens magazine. I wonder If "Mara" knows what Homemade means. Adding creole seasoning to store bought mayo does not make a homemade remoulade . The chicken gumbo tasted decent but was obviously made from a concentrated chicken base. The Barbecue was very dry and tasted like it had been reheated several times. Mara's has food like grandma makes, if grandma works for Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine. There are a lot of great Cajun places in New York so do not waste time or money at this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

The first thing that I noticed was the smell. I do not mind the smell of fresh fish or seafood but this was neither. It smelled like a clogged drain pipe. The food tasted like the recipes were clipped from a bad womens magazine. I wonder If "Mara" knows what Homemade means. Adding creole seasoning to store bought mayo does not make a homemade remoulade . The chicken gumbo tasted decent but was obviously made from a concentrated chicken base. The Barbecue was very dry and tasted like it had been reheated several times. Mara's has food like grandma makes, if grandma works for Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine. There are a lot of great Cajun places in New York so do not waste time or money at this place.

Pros: ???

Cons: Price, food, smell

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Mara's is our favorite place in all of Manhattan for a relaxing, comforting and truly satisfying meal. Unlike so many sterile, over-designed places in NYC, Mara's feels like you've been invited to a friendly neighbor's house for a feast of real Southern cooking. David at the bar always remembers our regular drinks and has introduced us to new favorites, and Mara offers hugs and the solace of her real home-style cooking to soothe our nerves after a busy work week. Nothing is frozen, hastily prepared or microwaved-to-death in her kitchen: the crawfish and alligator are the freshest we've eaten since our last New Orleans visit, and the BBQ is moist and tender with a perfect smoky flavor. We love the spicy shrimp creole, which is made from the old family recipe of David's grandmother. Everything is made with care and love, from the sublime BBQ sauce to the amazing corn pudding to the absolutely sinful desserts. We've seen heads turn at other tables as the smell of the dark chocolate sauce hitting our warm chocolate souffle fills the room. Don't let the strangely negative reviews here put you off - we honestly haven't had a single bad experience of any kind at Mara's, and we eat here almost every week. Their prices are entirely reasonable for the portion sizes, freshness and quality ingredients of the food. Even at their busiest, we've never had cause to complain and our food always arrived perfectly prepared. One night David seemed oddly disappointed by the cornbread we were served (it tasted great to us) and he popped into the kitchen, returning with a dish of shrimp etouffee that he poured over the cornbread, elevating the already satisfying side dish to the point of sheer decadence. Mara's is a true gem among all the fool's gold of Manhattan restaurants.

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★★★★★

Mara's is our favorite place in all of Manhattan for a relaxing, comforting and truly satisfying meal. Unlike so many sterile, over-designed places in NYC, Mara's feels like you've been invited to a friendly neighbor's house for a feast of real Southern cooking. David at the bar always remembers our regular drinks and has introduced us to new favorites, and Mara offers hugs and the solace of her real home-style cooking to soothe our nerves after a busy work week. Nothing is frozen, hastily prepared or microwaved-to-death in her kitchen: the crawfish and alligator are the freshest we've eaten since our last New Orleans visit, and the BBQ is moist and tender with a perfect smoky flavor. We love the spicy shrimp creole, which is made from the old family recipe of David's grandmother. Everything is made with care and love, from the sublime BBQ sauce to the amazing corn pudding to the absolutely sinful desserts. We've seen heads turn at other tables as the smell of the dark chocolate sauce hitting our warm chocolate souffle fills the room. Don't let the strangely negative reviews here put you off - we honestly haven't had a single bad experience of any kind at Mara's, and we eat here almost every week. Their prices are entirely reasonable for the portion sizes, freshness and quality ingredients of the food. Even at their busiest, we've never had cause to complain and our food always arrived perfectly prepared. One night David seemed oddly disappointed by the cornbread we were served (it tasted great to us) and he popped into the kitchen, returning with a dish of shrimp etouffee that he poured over the cornbread, elevating the already satisfying side dish to the point of sheer decadence. Mara's is a true gem among all the fool's gold of Manhattan restaurants.

Pros: Quality of food, freshness, friendly service, relaxing atmosphere

Cons: No cons - we love Mara's.

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This is a great example of a place that could be good if somebody else was running it. They send out mass emails at least weekly BEGGING you to come in.. threatening that they will have to close if you do not..( how inviting!! ) One of the most recent emails asked customers to email Mara with suggestions on how they could get people to start coming back in again..

DO THEY NOT READ CITY SEARCH?? Maybe they should spend more time considering all of the reviews below mine, instead of posting defensive responses to each of them. As a person who has given up on this place, here is why take out is the only option here: the place smells like mildew (they say it is fish, I disagree- either way- it stinks, people are complaining- figure it out, FIX IT.) The prices are very high for dishes with a sprinkling of frozen popcorn shrimp on top (the Creole, etc..) The atmosphere is like eating in a fast food place (florescent lights, limited character.) But the main problem for us has been the attitude of the very over whelmed family who owns this place.

There used to be a girl there that we loved, but she seems to have realized she could do better. Only Mara remains, and she just doesn't understand customer service. We have actually seen Mara and her husband (?) yelling at each other in the middle of the "dining room" as if they were alone at home. It was so awkward that we haven't returned.

So do yourself a favor and if you must try this particular BBQ place... order take out.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a great example of a place that could be good if somebody else was running it. They send out mass emails at least weekly BEGGING you to come in.. threatening that they will have to close if you do not..( how inviting!! ) One of the most recent emails asked customers to email Mara with suggestions on how they could get people to start coming back in again..

DO THEY NOT READ CITY SEARCH?? Maybe they should spend more time considering all of the reviews below mine, instead of posting defensive responses to each of them. As a person who has given up on this place, here is why take out is the only option here: the place smells like mildew (they say it is fish, I disagree- either way- it stinks, people are complaining- figure it out, FIX IT.) The prices are very high for dishes with a sprinkling of frozen popcorn shrimp on top (the Creole, etc..) The atmosphere is like eating in a fast food place (florescent lights, limited character.) But the main problem for us has been the attitude of the very over whelmed family who owns this place.

There used to be a girl there that we loved, but she seems to have realized she could do better. Only Mara remains, and she just doesn't understand customer service. We have actually seen Mara and her husband (?) yelling at each other in the middle of the "dining room" as if they were alone at home. It was so awkward that we haven't returned.

So do yourself a favor and if you must try this particular BBQ place... order take out.

Pros: take out

Cons: eating in: ambience, attitude, smell

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This is a good one. So four dark-skinned Indian folk walk into Mara's Homemade on a weeknight, I think a Tuesday. Mara's in the main entrance room, unpacking boxes, restaurant supplies, or something at one of the tables, and it reeks of old fish. "Hi. table for four," we say. Mara says "Do you have a reservation?" Us, "no." She's like "Hold on a minute." A man storms in shortly therefater (I suppose her hubby), "May I help you?" in a loud, disturbed voice, as if we didn't belong there. Before we answer, Mara butts in..." Table of four...NO RESERVATIONS." Mind you, the only ones in there were a family of light skinned folk in one of the secluded back rooms. Two or three other back room tables are empty. Mara finally leads us to a table in the fish stinking main room, where she's unpacking boxes on the next table. We politely decline, and proceed to walk out, "Um, Thank you but that's alright." She screams at us, "Um, What's wroong with this?!?" So apparently, even on a street teeming with Indian restaurants, in the heart of New York, you can find some good ol' Southern hospitality.
Thanks for keeping it real, Mara's Homemade.
This is a horribly dumpy east village spot apparently obsessed with reservations. Avoid.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a good one. So four dark-skinned Indian folk walk into Mara's Homemade on a weeknight, I think a Tuesday. Mara's in the main entrance room, unpacking boxes, restaurant supplies, or something at one of the tables, and it reeks of old fish. "Hi. table for four," we say. Mara says "Do you have a reservation?" Us, "no." She's like "Hold on a minute." A man storms in shortly therefater (I suppose her hubby), "May I help you?" in a loud, disturbed voice, as if we didn't belong there. Before we answer, Mara butts in..." Table of four...NO RESERVATIONS." Mind you, the only ones in there were a family of light skinned folk in one of the secluded back rooms. Two or three other back room tables are empty. Mara finally leads us to a table in the fish stinking main room, where she's unpacking boxes on the next table. We politely decline, and proceed to walk out, "Um, Thank you but that's alright." She screams at us, "Um, What's wroong with this?!?" So apparently, even on a street teeming with Indian restaurants, in the heart of New York, you can find some good ol' Southern hospitality.
Thanks for keeping it real, Mara's Homemade.
This is a horribly dumpy east village spot apparently obsessed with reservations. Avoid.

Pros: I dont know of any; never got past the front door.

Cons: Horrible attitude and customer service.

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Cute cute cute & the food was delish! It was crowded, but friendly with really attentive service. Loved the meatloaf and the crawfish. Can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

Cute cute cute & the food was delish! It was crowded, but friendly with really attentive service. Loved the meatloaf and the crawfish. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

Cons: none! Wish I lived closer

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Mara's for me and my friends (who all go to NYU, who happen to be from the south) is a home away from home. Whenever we have a craving for some good down home-cookin', that reminds us of our mama's kitchen, we always go to Maras. Mara is very kind and inviting, and now she knows us by name. Her and her husband have provided a restaraunt that offers southerners a trip down memory lane; memories of summer bbq's and good old neighborhood crawfish broils. I have never before been to a place outside of Louisiana that has served such authentic Cajun/Creole food. My favorite dishes are the Crab Cakes, the Etouffee, Shrimp Creole, and anything that she serves that has Crawfish is always a good choice! Also her fried chicken is great, and I dare to say it rivals my mom's (I hope she doesn't read this). The best choices for sides are the Yellow Squash Casserole and the Fried Okra, and her Mac & Cheese is also great. If you want something from the BBQ menu, then I recommend getting pulled pork or chicken and getting the collard greens and corn pudding. Also if Soft Shell Crabs are available, get those fried! They are amazing!
The best thing about Mara's is that it is all authentic. They ship all of their products from Louisiana: everything down to the hot sauce (which is Crystals, a true Louisiana staple). I've heard that they make 2 trips a week to Laguardia to pick up all of their products fresh from the flight from New Orleans. The true test of authenticity is in the taste, which is unmatched this side of the mason dixon line, or anywhere. Whenever family or friends come into town, I always take them to Maras, or if I have friends from the Northeast who don't know much about southern sould cookin', I always take them straight to Mara's.

I will for sure be at Mara's at sometime this week!

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★★★★★

Mara's for me and my friends (who all go to NYU, who happen to be from the south) is a home away from home. Whenever we have a craving for some good down home-cookin', that reminds us of our mama's kitchen, we always go to Maras. Mara is very kind and inviting, and now she knows us by name. Her and her husband have provided a restaraunt that offers southerners a trip down memory lane; memories of summer bbq's and good old neighborhood crawfish broils. I have never before been to a place outside of Louisiana that has served such authentic Cajun/Creole food. My favorite dishes are the Crab Cakes, the Etouffee, Shrimp Creole, and anything that she serves that has Crawfish is always a good choice! Also her fried chicken is great, and I dare to say it rivals my mom's (I hope she doesn't read this). The best choices for sides are the Yellow Squash Casserole and the Fried Okra, and her Mac & Cheese is also great. If you want something from the BBQ menu, then I recommend getting pulled pork or chicken and getting the collard greens and corn pudding. Also if Soft Shell Crabs are available, get those fried! They are amazing!
The best thing about Mara's is that it is all authentic. They ship all of their products from Louisiana: everything down to the hot sauce (which is Crystals, a true Louisiana staple). I've heard that they make 2 trips a week to Laguardia to pick up all of their products fresh from the flight from New Orleans. The true test of authenticity is in the taste, which is unmatched this side of the mason dixon line, or anywhere. Whenever family or friends come into town, I always take them to Maras, or if I have friends from the Northeast who don't know much about southern sould cookin', I always take them straight to Mara's.

I will for sure be at Mara's at sometime this week!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: I don't go enough.

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We went to Mara's a couple of months ago, had the crawfish and two completely forgettable dishs. The crawfish, though on the small side, we're tasty and not too bad. Not like the real thing - but good enough for New York. I got the fried catfish, which was bland and over cooked. My wife got the etouffe - again, not inedible -- but hardly anything to recommend to a friend. Unfortunately Mara's falls into the bad habit of most cajun restaurant's outside of LA, and has decided to become a Mardi Gras themed restaurant. Everything is purple, green and gold. Why people who have never lived in NO think we Cajuns live Mardi Gras every day of our lives is beyond me.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Mara's a couple of months ago, had the crawfish and two completely forgettable dishs. The crawfish, though on the small side, we're tasty and not too bad. Not like the real thing - but good enough for New York. I got the fried catfish, which was bland and over cooked. My wife got the etouffe - again, not inedible -- but hardly anything to recommend to a friend. Unfortunately Mara's falls into the bad habit of most cajun restaurant's outside of LA, and has decided to become a Mardi Gras themed restaurant. Everything is purple, green and gold. Why people who have never lived in NO think we Cajuns live Mardi Gras every day of our lives is beyond me.

Pros: Decent crawfish

Cons: Everything else

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Mara's is good cajun food, but don't go if you're expecting traditional BBQ. Service from the owners is always warm and welcoming.

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★★★☆☆

Mara's is good cajun food, but don't go if you're expecting traditional BBQ. Service from the owners is always warm and welcoming.

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Having been several times before for their yummy little gator bites and tea like home, I got word that they just started making lobster rolls. Now, I'm a hard sell when it comes to a lobster roll and prefer the Maine/Mass purist approach. So, I came to this deep-south version with skepticism. I'm happy to confirm it was delicious. Toasted simple bun, succulent lobster, just the right little chopping of celery and spice. Very good. There's so much debate on who has the best lobster roll in the city, but I say who cares? This one is really great and the more the merrier. After having my taste last night, I'm seriously considering going for another one today. I have to throw in a last comment about the service. Every time I go, I have the same knowledgeable and friendly waitress--the daughter of the owners. In fact, the whole family is laid-back and genuinely nice. It makes for such a snob-free experience of just good food.

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★★★★★

Having been several times before for their yummy little gator bites and tea like home, I got word that they just started making lobster rolls. Now, I'm a hard sell when it comes to a lobster roll and prefer the Maine/Mass purist approach. So, I came to this deep-south version with skepticism. I'm happy to confirm it was delicious. Toasted simple bun, succulent lobster, just the right little chopping of celery and spice. Very good. There's so much debate on who has the best lobster roll in the city, but I say who cares? This one is really great and the more the merrier. After having my taste last night, I'm seriously considering going for another one today. I have to throw in a last comment about the service. Every time I go, I have the same knowledgeable and friendly waitress--the daughter of the owners. In fact, the whole family is laid-back and genuinely nice. It makes for such a snob-free experience of just good food.

Pros: delcious southern comfort food with a cajun influence. great lobster rolls.

Cons: a little on the pricey side for some items, considering the casual atmosphere. i only wish they were open for lunch.

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Crabfingers anyone! Smothered in garlic and butter. Peppered shrimp, fried chicken, Steve's ultimate combo, fried pickles, catfish New Orleans, soft shell crabs, and the list keeps going. Did I mention Mara's salad and key lime pie. Oh my, how delicious! Keeps me coming back for more since opening day! Mara and Dave will make you feel like you are at home. Good people with an abundance of knowledge to share about Southern cuisine! Relaxed atmosphere with no pretention. What are you waiting for? Kerri and Ron

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★★★★★

Crabfingers anyone! Smothered in garlic and butter. Peppered shrimp, fried chicken, Steve's ultimate combo, fried pickles, catfish New Orleans, soft shell crabs, and the list keeps going. Did I mention Mara's salad and key lime pie. Oh my, how delicious! Keeps me coming back for more since opening day! Mara and Dave will make you feel like you are at home. Good people with an abundance of knowledge to share about Southern cuisine! Relaxed atmosphere with no pretention. What are you waiting for? Kerri and Ron

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You have to go to New Orleans.

\When you ask for a chicken dish, you can actually taste the chicken. The chef isn't interested in how hot he can make it but how good he can make it.Decorum is very simple. Service is good. The food, however, is why I come back.

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★★★★★

You have to go to New Orleans.

\When you ask for a chicken dish, you can actually taste the chicken. The chef isn't interested in how hot he can make it but how good he can make it.Decorum is very simple. Service is good. The food, however, is why I come back.

Cons: It gets croded at times. The table are close together

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Take your time and enjoy your evening at Mara's. Their kitchen is tiny and everything is cooked to order, so we always share a couple of appetizers before dinner. (Get the crawfish etoufee appetizer, served over cornbread.) I love the brisket and pulled pork platter. We love to take visitors from out of town here because it's an easy, relaxed place to share a great meal.

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★★★★★

Take your time and enjoy your evening at Mara's. Their kitchen is tiny and everything is cooked to order, so we always share a couple of appetizers before dinner. (Get the crawfish etoufee appetizer, served over cornbread.) I love the brisket and pulled pork platter. We love to take visitors from out of town here because it's an easy, relaxed place to share a great meal.

Pros: Owners and staff, great food, fun drinks

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I used to live in New Orleans, so I know good fresh Southern food. We gave Mara's 3 tries, excited by the familiar Abita beer and idea of it all....each time was really dissapointing. Dishes are insanely expensive for the quality and quantity. One waitress for everyone (though it is grossly small and you literally are back-to-back with the next table) who can't handle it and has an attitude like its your fault. Tried their "fresh" "live" crawfish 3 times - the first 2 times were undoubtedly pre-frozen and so mealy we could hardly get them out of the shell. The last time they were not pre-frozen, but certainly not fresh, they were fishy and dry like I've never tasted before. (In addition to living in New Orleans, I've ordered live crawfish on the internet and had several crawfish boils myself, so I know when they are fresh, sweet and juicy.) We complained all 3 times and were assured they were fresh and told by Mara "they have a fishy taste" and nothing was taken care of or replaced. The oysters on the half shell were not fresh tasting either (this was several months ago during oyster season) If they believe this true, then the family has never had fresh New Orleans food. The PRICES are INSANE! Take a look online if you doubt it. I wish I could love this place, but this last time we all promised eachother we will NOT give them any more tries.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to live in New Orleans, so I know good fresh Southern food. We gave Mara's 3 tries, excited by the familiar Abita beer and idea of it all....each time was really dissapointing. Dishes are insanely expensive for the quality and quantity. One waitress for everyone (though it is grossly small and you literally are back-to-back with the next table) who can't handle it and has an attitude like its your fault. Tried their "fresh" "live" crawfish 3 times - the first 2 times were undoubtedly pre-frozen and so mealy we could hardly get them out of the shell. The last time they were not pre-frozen, but certainly not fresh, they were fishy and dry like I've never tasted before. (In addition to living in New Orleans, I've ordered live crawfish on the internet and had several crawfish boils myself, so I know when they are fresh, sweet and juicy.) We complained all 3 times and were assured they were fresh and told by Mara "they have a fishy taste" and nothing was taken care of or replaced. The oysters on the half shell were not fresh tasting either (this was several months ago during oyster season) If they believe this true, then the family has never had fresh New Orleans food. The PRICES are INSANE! Take a look online if you doubt it. I wish I could love this place, but this last time we all promised eachother we will NOT give them any more tries.

Cons: poor customer service for a tiny family run business

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I still have a bad taste in my mouth over this supposed bbq hot spot. The food was very dry and tasteless. The waitress was great but that is it. They even refused to accept credit card as payment because of some lousy excuse. I am confused as to why this restaurant has this high of a rating, because it misled my friends and I into going to this place. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. It is too expensive. I rather try any of the 50 bbq restaurants in NYC that are better than this dump.

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★☆☆☆☆

I still have a bad taste in my mouth over this supposed bbq hot spot. The food was very dry and tasteless. The waitress was great but that is it. They even refused to accept credit card as payment because of some lousy excuse. I am confused as to why this restaurant has this high of a rating, because it misled my friends and I into going to this place. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. It is too expensive. I rather try any of the 50 bbq restaurants in NYC that are better than this dump.

Pros: good waitress

Cons: bad cook

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Just from the fact that the restaurant is attempting to log on here and bark at people who may possibly had a not so pleasant experience with their place, makes me NOT want to try this place. People are allowed their opinions...
If you are that defensive, possibly they are 100% correct. Stop trying to make excuses and make some changes. Maybe you wouldnt have to charge an arm and a leg, AND gratuity, AND a service charge...even if it is for spices and seafood flown right in from LA.

I actually think you are a complete rip off, and hope you lose your business on a matter of your horrible customer service. The customer is ALWAYS right, I dont care if what they say offends you, or you just dont like it. GROW UP, and learn how to run a business. Then maybe you wont have people up here bashing you left and right.

Just some advice, Mara...

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★☆☆☆☆

Just from the fact that the restaurant is attempting to log on here and bark at people who may possibly had a not so pleasant experience with their place, makes me NOT want to try this place. People are allowed their opinions...
If you are that defensive, possibly they are 100% correct. Stop trying to make excuses and make some changes. Maybe you wouldnt have to charge an arm and a leg, AND gratuity, AND a service charge...even if it is for spices and seafood flown right in from LA.

I actually think you are a complete rip off, and hope you lose your business on a matter of your horrible customer service. The customer is ALWAYS right, I dont care if what they say offends you, or you just dont like it. GROW UP, and learn how to run a business. Then maybe you wont have people up here bashing you left and right.

Just some advice, Mara...

Pros: Mara needs to get a grip

Cons: Hopefully they are losing business

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Mara and Dave bring a little bit of southern comfort and hospitalty and a whole lot of delicious food here to NYC. All around the food is fantastic, with a few do not miss gems on the menu. What's more, watch Mara's eyes light up when you ask her to pair a drink with your meal, or even better with your homemade desert. Mara's is everything you'd expect from a southern restaurant, plus the tlc you'd only expect from a southern home.

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★★★★★

Mara and Dave bring a little bit of southern comfort and hospitalty and a whole lot of delicious food here to NYC. All around the food is fantastic, with a few do not miss gems on the menu. What's more, watch Mara's eyes light up when you ask her to pair a drink with your meal, or even better with your homemade desert. Mara's is everything you'd expect from a southern restaurant, plus the tlc you'd only expect from a southern home.

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I grew up in Louisiana and felt right at home when I entered Mara's Homemade. My friends from Texas had been piping to me for some time about Mara's and now I get it. We went to Mara's this past Sunday evening for the crawfish boil. I knew I was in for a quality eating experience when I saw Mara serving someone crawfish cheesecake. As a true testament to the properly seasoned crawfish, I can proudly say that, yes, my fingers were still burning a little the next morning. And if you have a sweet tooth, def save room for dessert. Our table did a sampling of the desserts: apple crisp, strawberry pie and the Bluegrass pie. All of them were excellent. Ice cold Abita beer is on tap and they have a phenomenal selection of after-dinner drinks. I recommend the pear cognac. A pefrect dining experience for a warm Sunday evening.

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★★★★★

I grew up in Louisiana and felt right at home when I entered Mara's Homemade. My friends from Texas had been piping to me for some time about Mara's and now I get it. We went to Mara's this past Sunday evening for the crawfish boil. I knew I was in for a quality eating experience when I saw Mara serving someone crawfish cheesecake. As a true testament to the properly seasoned crawfish, I can proudly say that, yes, my fingers were still burning a little the next morning. And if you have a sweet tooth, def save room for dessert. Our table did a sampling of the desserts: apple crisp, strawberry pie and the Bluegrass pie. All of them were excellent. Ice cold Abita beer is on tap and they have a phenomenal selection of after-dinner drinks. I recommend the pear cognac. A pefrect dining experience for a warm Sunday evening.

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Most important to me is the food above all else. I ordered a bbq chicken dinner with cornbread, collard greens, and rice. I expected some big flavor and received none. And the cornbread was stale on one end. Also, definitely do not go to this place in more than a party of three. The tables are tiny and cramped. And absolutely avoid this restaurant if you have a large dinner party...I could not get up to use the bathroom without having to move two tables and several people around just to let me out of my seat. This wonderful visit to Mara's was concluded with miscalculations in the check and an extra service charge of about $115. So maybe the prices are average for NYC, but when you add in this service charge, it is ridiculously expensive. Is it even normal to have a service charge on top of the gratuity fee automatically added to the bill for a large party? I found this whole experience to be disturbing. I should have went to McDonalds!

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★☆☆☆☆

Most important to me is the food above all else. I ordered a bbq chicken dinner with cornbread, collard greens, and rice. I expected some big flavor and received none. And the cornbread was stale on one end. Also, definitely do not go to this place in more than a party of three. The tables are tiny and cramped. And absolutely avoid this restaurant if you have a large dinner party...I could not get up to use the bathroom without having to move two tables and several people around just to let me out of my seat. This wonderful visit to Mara's was concluded with miscalculations in the check and an extra service charge of about $115. So maybe the prices are average for NYC, but when you add in this service charge, it is ridiculously expensive. Is it even normal to have a service charge on top of the gratuity fee automatically added to the bill for a large party? I found this whole experience to be disturbing. I should have went to McDonalds!

Pros: None.

Cons: Why am I paying a "Service Charge" on top of gratuity?

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I've been interested in checking out Mara's Homemade for over a year now and I was finally able to check it out 2 weeks ago on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon. It was definitely worth the wait. I order a shrimp po-boy and I ordered the baked squash. It was the best baked squash I've had since I visited New Orleans last October. The service was great (not too pushy) and Mara was there that day, so I got to meet her. Very friendly. Will definitely go back again.

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★★★★☆

I've been interested in checking out Mara's Homemade for over a year now and I was finally able to check it out 2 weeks ago on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon. It was definitely worth the wait. I order a shrimp po-boy and I ordered the baked squash. It was the best baked squash I've had since I visited New Orleans last October. The service was great (not too pushy) and Mara was there that day, so I got to meet her. Very friendly. Will definitely go back again.

Pros: Food, ambience, friendly people, great service

Cons: none

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I have to say that I was highly disappointed with Mara's Homemade. I was amongst those in the surprise dinner party. I was the last one to show, only to have to get up 5 minutes after sitting down so that they could take tables away from us, and then be scrunched up with the rest of my friends. The mac and cheese was superb, made like it is in the south, but it's southern comfort, not Nawlins style. I've had better fried green tomatoes too. I felt completely rushed through my meal, and I was the last person to receive my food. Everyone else at the table was halfway through their dinner by the time I got my food, and all I got were side orders of vegetables. When the check came, my friend found out that the "service charge" was TAXED. I had to find out from Mara what was the gratuity and what was the service charge. She kept saying, "The gratuity is included with the service charge." So I told her, "You can tax the service charge, but you cannot tax the gratuity." So I told her to redo the tax on the bill. So the bill came back to us $4 less. I went back to her and asked her what she had done. I asked her what amount was the service charge. She said, the $117 was the service charge. Then I asked, "Then the gratuity was not included?" She said, "I did like you asked, I took out the service charge and redid the tax." Then I asked, "So the service charge is the gratuity? Because a service charge and gratuity are two different things." She said, "Then consider the service charge the gratuity." I took the bill back to the organizer. Someone said, that if she took out the gratuity to be taxed, it should be more then just $4 off, so I took out a calculator, pen and paper and went over her math, and it was completely wrong. So we just said "Forget it. It's not worth it." The most disappointing part of this whole evening is that it was a surprise birthday party that was ruined by Mara. Save your money and go elsewhere. This is bad business.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to say that I was highly disappointed with Mara's Homemade. I was amongst those in the surprise dinner party. I was the last one to show, only to have to get up 5 minutes after sitting down so that they could take tables away from us, and then be scrunched up with the rest of my friends. The mac and cheese was superb, made like it is in the south, but it's southern comfort, not Nawlins style. I've had better fried green tomatoes too. I felt completely rushed through my meal, and I was the last person to receive my food. Everyone else at the table was halfway through their dinner by the time I got my food, and all I got were side orders of vegetables. When the check came, my friend found out that the "service charge" was TAXED. I had to find out from Mara what was the gratuity and what was the service charge. She kept saying, "The gratuity is included with the service charge." So I told her, "You can tax the service charge, but you cannot tax the gratuity." So I told her to redo the tax on the bill. So the bill came back to us $4 less. I went back to her and asked her what she had done. I asked her what amount was the service charge. She said, the $117 was the service charge. Then I asked, "Then the gratuity was not included?" She said, "I did like you asked, I took out the service charge and redid the tax." Then I asked, "So the service charge is the gratuity? Because a service charge and gratuity are two different things." She said, "Then consider the service charge the gratuity." I took the bill back to the organizer. Someone said, that if she took out the gratuity to be taxed, it should be more then just $4 off, so I took out a calculator, pen and paper and went over her math, and it was completely wrong. So we just said "Forget it. It's not worth it." The most disappointing part of this whole evening is that it was a surprise birthday party that was ruined by Mara. Save your money and go elsewhere. This is bad business.

Pros: Good mac and cheese

Cons: Can't Do Math; Bad customer service; and tries to take extra money through a TAX.

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I drove about 2 hrs to get to this place. The only good thing about this place was the stuffed bread and the two waitresses. the story:My friend made reservations about 2 months ago for her husbands birthday. Everything seemed fine until, Im assuming, the owner came in and asked for tables from the private party! WHAT?! WHO DOES THAT! Im sorry but if you dont have enough tables to accommodate a private party.. DONT TAKE RESERVATIONS! So we had about 13/14 people smashed into one side of the room.. god forbid ANYONE had to use the restroom! Everything was really rushed.. no one had any time to really converse with each other because every two seconds someone would come in to see if we were ready to order. So be it, the food comes.. its was really sub par. I had the Shrimp Creole. Usually Creole means highly spiced.. or seasoned.. Yeh not at all. and there were about 5 tiny little shrimps in the whole dish. And forget about asking for a new dish.. with all the pressure to stuff your face. I mean if a person put a fork down for a min, "Are you finished with that?" Come on! But a plus is, when you wanted a drink you didnt have to wait long! ha.. if thats anything to rave about. The two waitresses were very nice. I cant say the same about the owner. She was as rude as you possibly could be! She has no idea about customer service! *tip: find a new job* When the check came, it was all screwed up, Im sorry but you should NOT have the customer tell you how to make up a check.. and what to tax and what NOT to tax. Shame on you. And I'm sorry but a service charge should be the gratuity. Earlier we asked for seperate checks, and were denied..This place is so overpriced.. and shady! And Im sorry but this owner had the audacity to say.. here are some business cards for you to pass to your friends. What planet are you living on!! Trust me, you have a better shot of New Orleans cooking going down theinternational aisle in your local food store. Waste of time and money!

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★☆☆☆☆

I drove about 2 hrs to get to this place. The only good thing about this place was the stuffed bread and the two waitresses. the story:My friend made reservations about 2 months ago for her husbands birthday. Everything seemed fine until, Im assuming, the owner came in and asked for tables from the private party! WHAT?! WHO DOES THAT! Im sorry but if you dont have enough tables to accommodate a private party.. DONT TAKE RESERVATIONS! So we had about 13/14 people smashed into one side of the room.. god forbid ANYONE had to use the restroom! Everything was really rushed.. no one had any time to really converse with each other because every two seconds someone would come in to see if we were ready to order. So be it, the food comes.. its was really sub par. I had the Shrimp Creole. Usually Creole means highly spiced.. or seasoned.. Yeh not at all. and there were about 5 tiny little shrimps in the whole dish. And forget about asking for a new dish.. with all the pressure to stuff your face. I mean if a person put a fork down for a min, "Are you finished with that?" Come on! But a plus is, when you wanted a drink you didnt have to wait long! ha.. if thats anything to rave about. The two waitresses were very nice. I cant say the same about the owner. She was as rude as you possibly could be! She has no idea about customer service! *tip: find a new job* When the check came, it was all screwed up, Im sorry but you should NOT have the customer tell you how to make up a check.. and what to tax and what NOT to tax. Shame on you. And I'm sorry but a service charge should be the gratuity. Earlier we asked for seperate checks, and were denied..This place is so overpriced.. and shady! And Im sorry but this owner had the audacity to say.. here are some business cards for you to pass to your friends. What planet are you living on!! Trust me, you have a better shot of New Orleans cooking going down theinternational aisle in your local food store. Waste of time and money!

Pros: Waitress

Cons: just about everything else

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...UNLESS you ask multiple times.

It's tough to get great, authentic Cajun/Creole food in NYC. The few options that exist in midtown are really, really gross. Mara's is the one place in town where you can get decent crawfish, although they're a bit unreliable. They're seasoned just right, though.

The deep-fried dishes are good, but the menu contains a lot of duds. It might be better for them to simplify.

The po-boys need....more...seafood. If I want a sandwich with 3 small battered shrimp, I can do that at home. In the South, a po-boy is STUFFED with seafood. The price is a little otherworldly, given what you get.

The prices may not shock you at first, but wait until you see the final bill...it adds up fast! The drinks are expensive and most requests for water will be IGNORED. It's strange. We had to ask for water at least 3 times. They'd nod and eventually replenish our beers. But...no aqua. After asking again and again you wonder if it's passive-aggressive.

I can't believe they're limiting the time you can spend eating dinner. At those prices, my firends and I basically own the table until we're done.

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★★★☆☆

...UNLESS you ask multiple times.

It's tough to get great, authentic Cajun/Creole food in NYC. The few options that exist in midtown are really, really gross. Mara's is the one place in town where you can get decent crawfish, although they're a bit unreliable. They're seasoned just right, though.

The deep-fried dishes are good, but the menu contains a lot of duds. It might be better for them to simplify.

The po-boys need....more...seafood. If I want a sandwich with 3 small battered shrimp, I can do that at home. In the South, a po-boy is STUFFED with seafood. The price is a little otherworldly, given what you get.

The prices may not shock you at first, but wait until you see the final bill...it adds up fast! The drinks are expensive and most requests for water will be IGNORED. It's strange. We had to ask for water at least 3 times. They'd nod and eventually replenish our beers. But...no aqua. After asking again and again you wonder if it's passive-aggressive.

I can't believe they're limiting the time you can spend eating dinner. At those prices, my firends and I basically own the table until we're done.

Pros: Seafood, Gator!

Cons: Hard to get water. Staff is pushy, passive-aggressive. Pricey.

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You can't go to Mara's thinking it's Le Cirque, but aside from that, this a fun place with a great atmoshpere. This quirky Southern/Cajun place is only for those looking for a fun time and something different in the city. I took my mom here for her birthday after she saw something about it on TV and she loved every minute of it. It's not posh, nor is it terribly well-decorated but it's full of character. Mara came by to give us Mardi Gras beads and to let us try a crawfish cocktail (not for the faint of heart!). We found everyone to be personable and friendly and had a great night.

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★★★☆☆

You can't go to Mara's thinking it's Le Cirque, but aside from that, this a fun place with a great atmoshpere. This quirky Southern/Cajun place is only for those looking for a fun time and something different in the city. I took my mom here for her birthday after she saw something about it on TV and she loved every minute of it. It's not posh, nor is it terribly well-decorated but it's full of character. Mara came by to give us Mardi Gras beads and to let us try a crawfish cocktail (not for the faint of heart!). We found everyone to be personable and friendly and had a great night.

Pros: fun and casual

Cons: a bit over-priced, the dessert menu is limited on the weekends

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Some observations about our dinner at Mara's on Friday, 1/19:

1. The owner interrupted conversation to ask if all the seats were being used at our table.
2. Tables and chairs are of the cheapest, most uncomfortable variety, the kind you'd see at a roadside restaurant.
3. Dinners cannot go beyond an hour and a half, and we were reminded of this at least twice by the owner and waitress.
4. Waitress was pushy and interrupted conversation every time she came to the table.
5. Appetizers were good but overpriced; dinner average, overpriced; beers and cocktails were $7/$10.

Would not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

Some observations about our dinner at Mara's on Friday, 1/19:

1. The owner interrupted conversation to ask if all the seats were being used at our table.
2. Tables and chairs are of the cheapest, most uncomfortable variety, the kind you'd see at a roadside restaurant.
3. Dinners cannot go beyond an hour and a half, and we were reminded of this at least twice by the owner and waitress.
4. Waitress was pushy and interrupted conversation every time she came to the table.
5. Appetizers were good but overpriced; dinner average, overpriced; beers and cocktails were $7/$10.

Would not recommend this place to anyone.

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The ambiance is like someone's kitchen, linoleum flooring, drinking out of jars, but the food was ah-may-zing. The ribs were exceptional and the fried okra was fantastic. They serve sweet tea, which is a rarity in the city. The crawdad cheese toast was a little weird but I think you have to like crawdads. They have a great beer selection as well, and the drinks were reasonably priced. Thy serve chocolate souffles but only on weeknights. We were able to make a reservation about 30 minutes in advance--I highly recommend a reservation.

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★★★★★

The ambiance is like someone's kitchen, linoleum flooring, drinking out of jars, but the food was ah-may-zing. The ribs were exceptional and the fried okra was fantastic. They serve sweet tea, which is a rarity in the city. The crawdad cheese toast was a little weird but I think you have to like crawdads. They have a great beer selection as well, and the drinks were reasonably priced. Thy serve chocolate souffles but only on weeknights. We were able to make a reservation about 30 minutes in advance--I highly recommend a reservation.

Pros: food

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I have to admit, after reading the reviews I knew this place would draw a response out of me and sure enough it did --- A GREAT ONE. WOW! These folks patiently prepare your food and make it worth the wait. Drinks were potent and pure, their shrimp and fish were scrumptious and the gator bites were hella addictive! If you want something different from the everyday New York restaurant, you have GOT to pay this place a visit! I know I will be back again! And those Hurricanes --- category 5

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★★★★★

I have to admit, after reading the reviews I knew this place would draw a response out of me and sure enough it did --- A GREAT ONE. WOW! These folks patiently prepare your food and make it worth the wait. Drinks were potent and pure, their shrimp and fish were scrumptious and the gator bites were hella addictive! If you want something different from the everyday New York restaurant, you have GOT to pay this place a visit! I know I will be back again! And those Hurricanes --- category 5

Pros: great food, personal service, response to feedback

Cons: cozy

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This place always surprises me. Everytime I leave I think to myself, "THAT is what a restaurant experience should be." The food is always rib-stickingly good, and the menu is chock-full of a very wide array of BBQ and Cajun favorites. But what always makes me such a happy customer is Mara and her family, some of whom will occasionally be sitting at the table next to you, enjoying a dinner themselves. Mara is warm and honest and personable but never pushy, and when she brings you the best peach cobbler ever created and gives you the backstory that led to its inclusion on her menu, you wish she would offer to be your NYC-based surrogate mom and feed you every day.

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★★★★★

This place always surprises me. Everytime I leave I think to myself, "THAT is what a restaurant experience should be." The food is always rib-stickingly good, and the menu is chock-full of a very wide array of BBQ and Cajun favorites. But what always makes me such a happy customer is Mara and her family, some of whom will occasionally be sitting at the table next to you, enjoying a dinner themselves. Mara is warm and honest and personable but never pushy, and when she brings you the best peach cobbler ever created and gives you the backstory that led to its inclusion on her menu, you wish she would offer to be your NYC-based surrogate mom and feed you every day.

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We went with my niece & 2 young children. We stuffed ourselves silly on fabulous food. The only minor *complaint* would be the drinks were a bit pricey considering the small glasses & lots of ice. We are on their mailing list & receive updates on specials, menu changes & cooking class offerings!

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★★★★★

We went with my niece & 2 young children. We stuffed ourselves silly on fabulous food. The only minor *complaint* would be the drinks were a bit pricey considering the small glasses & lots of ice. We are on their mailing list & receive updates on specials, menu changes & cooking class offerings!

Pros: like being at home :)

Cons: it's not a big place - reservations recommended

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My bf and i went to Mara's on Sept 7 around 7pm, and was very nice. It is a small restaurant that opens up right on the street. Great Abita Beer!! We had the crawfish bread and it was really good and for dinner we had the shrimp po'boy and 2 meat BBQ. all very good. It is a little bit of a wait for the food to be brought out, but it is all homemade and good things come to those who wait. I amd from New Orleans and lived there for 26 years, this is as close as you are going to get in New York unless it comes out of your own kitchen. This is a very relaxed environment and just a nice place to hang with friends and enjoy the evening. Can't wait to try the oysters later this month!!!

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★★★★★

My bf and i went to Mara's on Sept 7 around 7pm, and was very nice. It is a small restaurant that opens up right on the street. Great Abita Beer!! We had the crawfish bread and it was really good and for dinner we had the shrimp po'boy and 2 meat BBQ. all very good. It is a little bit of a wait for the food to be brought out, but it is all homemade and good things come to those who wait. I amd from New Orleans and lived there for 26 years, this is as close as you are going to get in New York unless it comes out of your own kitchen. This is a very relaxed environment and just a nice place to hang with friends and enjoy the evening. Can't wait to try the oysters later this month!!!

Pros: put your feet up and enjoy your friends kinds of place

Cons: drinks a little pricy

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Was there last week and had a tasty jambalaya spiced just right and a couple of Abita Ambers. Mara & David treat their customers well and everything is cooked to order.

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★★★★★

Was there last week and had a tasty jambalaya spiced just right and a couple of Abita Ambers. Mara & David treat their customers well and everything is cooked to order.

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This restaurant sent email messages to its customers every 3-4 days from 6/28 to 7/17 exhorting them to keep voting DAILY on Citysearchvote on EACH computer, ONCE a day in the barbecue category. So is it any surprise that they are at the top of the category over better restaurants? Their willingness to game this system it makes you wonder about the 75 reviews. If a bad review sinks their overall rating, well, theres a simple solution to floating it. I have had good food there, although ironically the barbecue in particular was lackluster. They are way off their price point though for their style of enterprise. If I want to pay $7 for a slice of pie or $9 for a spiked cider (with an indiscernible spike by the way) I can do it in a nicer place.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant sent email messages to its customers every 3-4 days from 6/28 to 7/17 exhorting them to keep voting DAILY on Citysearchvote on EACH computer, ONCE a day in the barbecue category. So is it any surprise that they are at the top of the category over better restaurants? Their willingness to game this system it makes you wonder about the 75 reviews. If a bad review sinks their overall rating, well, theres a simple solution to floating it. I have had good food there, although ironically the barbecue in particular was lackluster. They are way off their price point though for their style of enterprise. If I want to pay $7 for a slice of pie or $9 for a spiked cider (with an indiscernible spike by the way) I can do it in a nicer place.

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the food was DRY. The gator bites were DELICIOUS and so were the crab fingers. But every entree that consisted of their meats were dry. I'd go again for their appetizers but not their entrees.

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★☆☆☆☆

the food was DRY. The gator bites were DELICIOUS and so were the crab fingers. But every entree that consisted of their meats were dry. I'd go again for their appetizers but not their entrees.

 

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