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The Cajun

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129 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.741211 -74.001489
between 16th and 17th Sts.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-691-6174 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    10 out of 10

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    4 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Live Music, Restaurant & Bar
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Official Website

jazzatthecajun.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 2pm-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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In a city where a single jazz ticket can often cost as much as a full CD box set, The Cajun has been showcasing some of the best big-band jazz in the country and charging no cover at all. A favorite of nostalgic old-timers like Mel Brooks and R. Crumb, this cluttered Chelsea restaurant (a pitch-perfect New Orleans imitation, decorated with cheap bead necklaces and faded Mardi Gras posters) serves spicy jambalaya and blackened catfish to complement an infectious mix of nearly forgotten twenties and thirties jazz classics that you won't hear anywhere this side of a Woody Allen film soundtrack. Notable regulars include the John Gillis' Jazz Kings. "This is one of the only places in the world where you can hear this old music," says one saxophonist and regular. "I mean, where else are you going to go?"

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