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1072 Bay St., Staten Island, NY 10305 40.616768 -74.068148
nr. Chestnut St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-273-4383 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Cajun/Creole
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, noon-10pm



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


It sits near Upper New York Bay, not the mighty Mississippi, but since it opened in 2003, Bayou has given this outlying section of Rosebank a little Louisiana flavor. Inside, purple, gold, and green Mardi Gras beads dangle from the chandeliers; walls lined with worn clapboard evoke a faux Preservation Hall, with stucco and brick. A portrait of the nineteenth century New Orleans voodoo queen Marie Laveau gazes over the brown-paper-lined tables, where diners dig into bowls full of chef and co-owner Julian Gaxholli’s beer-simmered, smoky red beans and rice, paired with chubby pale-golden crab cakes, or stewy jambalaya, packed with andouille sausage, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, and scallops. Some dishes blend tradition and funk, like the huge double-cut pork chop exploding with brie-lapped crawfish and topped with a tangy mix of kalamata olives, red onion, and grape tomatoes. Others, like the garlic-and-cream-cheese Creole sushi, fail. Still, the Abita beer selection, brewed in the woods north of New Orleans, makes up for most transgressions.

Recommended Dishes

Riverboat crab cakes, $23; big easy pork chop, $24