Light Southern food might seem an oxymoron, but not at Mara’s Homemade. The tiny, brightly hued East Village eatery, whose walls are covered with photos of New Orleans’ musicians, serves a seafood-oriented menu of Cajun specialties and barbecue. Owner Mara Levi and her husband David are here nightly waiting tables; food is prepared carefully to order and takes time to arrive. An artichoke, boiled in a seriously hot spice mixture, arrives with a side of creamy rémoulade. A delicate fillet of catfish, fried till crisp, comes with a side of smoky mashed potatoes. Everything pairs well with one of the eight Abita beers offered, and a slice of moist red velvet cake is a fitting send-off note.
|Venue name:||Mara’s Homemade||Contact:|
342 E 6th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed, Thu 5–10:30pm; Fri 5–11:30pm; Sat 4–11:30pm; Sun 4–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $19. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|