MARA’S HOMEMADE…A little bit of NOLA in NY!

Posted 10th February 2013 by
MARASHOMEMADESo there used to be this awesome little Cajun/Creole restaurant located on 6th street between 1st & 2nd avenue called MARA’S HOMEMADE.  Mara’s was the perfect local joint!  It had great New Orleans inspired eats and drinks and decent service to boot all at a very reasonable price!  The place had that great neighborhood vibe but alas it closed down in 2011.Well, Mara’s is alive and kicking again in a strip-mall in Syosset, Long Island and I gotta say leaving NYC is the best thing that could’ve happened to them!  The new digs look awesome, the location is centrally located between 2 highways and the Long Island railroad, they don’t seem to have any neighborhood competition in the cajun/creole food arena so that bodes good for them and the people who live in the area seem to really love the food & the staff!

My wife and I went for dinner tonight since Mardi Gras is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with crawfish!  We ordered up a pound of crawfish as well as a couple of catfish entrees and a side of sauteed collard greens with garlic & onions.  Glad to see that overall the food is still decent.  Granted the crawfish were ever so slightly overcooked and the catfish entrees were very good but not with that overwhelming “wow” factor that I remember, but ultimately the food and atmosphere was totally worth the trip.  What’s interesting is that what actually impressed us a bit is the side that we had; collard greens sauteed in butter with garlic and onions.  The collard greens had a beautiful bright green color that popped at you and the flavor combo of butter, garlic, onions and maybe wine or vinegar were outstanding!  Really worth the trip!

Bottom line is if you live in Long Island or close to it, go check out this joint!  If you used to go when it was in the E. Village and you enjoyed it then…go!  The prices are reasonable and the eats are decent!

***P.S.  the address on the business card is wrong.  They are located in Syosset, Long Island.

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