New Orleans hasn't always been known as The Big Easy, but its time spent as The Miniature Difficulties has been selectively forgotten out of respect for ukuleles and bonsai trees. Enjoy full-size Cajun flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of New Orleans–inspired soul food and drinks at People's Republic of Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.
Black leather couches line the brick walls of People's Republic of Brooklyn, beckoning neighborhood noshers with the promise of relaxation, accompanied by hearty Cajun fare and casual cocktails. While the sounds of spin-masters fill the deep-set restaurant, guests feast eyes on a menu of soul-infused entrees, supplemented with sides of macaroni and cheese ($5), fried sweet potatoes ($3), and crab fritters ($6). The restaurant's outdoor cupola allows noses to enjoy the fresh air while mouths remain occupied with fried-catfish sandwiches ($9) and seafood gumbo ($10). Spiced brioche bread pudding sweetens beer-embittered palates and regrets over chess losses ($7).
People's Republic of Brooklyn's cozy, couched atmosphere makes it an inviting stage for visiting storytellers (Mondays at 8 p.m.) and karaoke crooners (Tuesdays and Thursdays). While tellers tell their tales of Woodrow Wilson, listeners can drown their support in sips of dirty martinis ($6) or shots filled with Chambord and whipped cream ($5).
People's Republic of Brooklyn
Strains from live DJs and the happy chatter of busy silverware resound off the exposed-brick walls and looping whorls of the wooden bar at People's Republic of Brooklyn. Red tabletops billet platters of seared, fried, or blackened catfish, and plates of free-range chicken don adventurous garnishes such as avocado or the essence of an air kiss. Comfort-fare sides conjure nostalgia among guests perched at the bar, with options including mac 'n' cheese, deviled eggs, and sautéed arugula serving as foundations for a wide range of cocktails.