Cajun cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Cajun lunch fare at Bourbon Street in Bayside.
Bourbon Street’s expert chef Joseph Cannella whips up an artful lunch menu blending New Orleans Cajun spices with New York’s metropolitan sensibilities. Surrounded by wall-size murals, colorful napkins, and a full-size marching band, afternoon appetites ebb with a spicy serving of blackened shrimp paired with house-made salsa ($11.95). Sink chompers into a holdable hamburger ($7.95) or a blackened burger ($8.95) donning an amalgam of secret spices and layers of Mardi Gras beads. The open-faced sliced-steak sandwich bares its soul to empathetic taste buds, revealing 10 sliced ounces of grilled shell steak topped with sautéed onions and cheese ($12.95). A bevy of homemade desserts, such as the torched Bourbon’s bananas foster ($6.95), reward mouths for not drooling premeal.
Bourbon Street serves up tasty Cajun meals that have earned it an award for Best Brunch on a Budge from Page Six Magazine. Dishes such as blackened catfish and New Orleans po boys compete for attention with the house-specialty seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in which chicken and shrimp carouse with ground zydeco notes in a creole-sauce-slathered nest of spicy rice and andouille sausage. The large eatery further captures the essence of a New Orleans–style café with its colorful wall murals, fringed tabletop lamps, and plates accompanied by Mardi Gras beads, and its multiple flat-screen TVs light up with Sunday football action when the New York Scallywags play the New England Ne’er-do-wells.