Every weekend, the soulful notes of blues bands fill the air of the casual, Zagat-rated eatery with lively and exciting ballads. National acts such as Popa Chubby, CJ Chenier, and Jeffrey Gaines complement the sounds of tribute bands as well as Monday open mic participants. Having first opened in 1991 in Westchester, experienced chefs in the kitchen orchestrate dishes of spicy jambalaya, boiled crawfish, and exotic alligator sausage that are every bit as expressive and flavorful as the tunes they complement. Dishes arrive with steam still curling into the air, awaiting diner's selection from a menu of 100 gourmet hot sauces that customize dishes with fiery flavors of habanero peppers, smoked chipotles, peach and vidalia onion, and dragon tears. Bayou?s chefs also whip up their creole food for special events with their catering services.
Though it only opened last year, Heights Bar & Lounge has already become a go-to destination for residents of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The welcoming, laidback vibe beckons visitors to linger over top-shelf cocktails and finger food as they take in the big game, croon pop hits or obscure polka tunes during karaoke on Thursdays, or boogie to R&B and club classics on Fridays.
Japanese and Korean dishes share table space within Abis Japanese Traditional Cuisine, a Greenwich eatery in business for more than 20 years. Sushi chefs slice ocean-fresh seafood for sashimi and sushi platters, and hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, red snapper, and other proteins on tableside grills, pairing them with sides such as japanese fried onion soup. Korean specialties include bulgogi, seafood pancakes, and bibim bam served in heated stone bowls.
The writers, dancers, actors, and musicians behind Legros Cultural Arts believe that creativity can unify. To that end, their works focus on unraveling prejudices and misconceptions, theming performance series around the many diverse peoples found in New York. The annual Multicultural Arts and Crafts Festival, for instance, celebrates the city's Hispanic, African American, Asian, Italian, and Greek creators, whereas the Women in the Arts series focuses on gender equality in the creative world and beyond. And there's also the theater ensemble's performance season, which is made up of diverse original works by local emerging playwrights, established talents, and haunted typewriters.