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Ida Mae Kitchen-n-Lounge

111 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018 40.752511 -73.98632
between Sixth Ave. and Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-704-0038 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Cajun/Creole, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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Official Website

idamae.com

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.

Prices

$25-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Singles Scene

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

Certain cuisines resist gentrification: Jack up the price of fish tacos, stuff foie gras in your fried dumplings, and you're likely to ruin whatever made them toothsome in the first place. At Ida Mae, the food getting gussied up is Southern, or perhaps Pan-Southern, as it stretches all the way from collard greens and grits to gumbo to tostaditos. The fancy dress comes in the form of, say, goat cheese (accompanying the pickled beets), or the mango-cucumber slaw (a counterpart to crab cakes), and extends to the dining room itself, a dark space with remarkably comfortable chairs and a plush, enclosed lounge. But despite all these attempts to go upscale, the flavors remain stubbornlyï申and, often, tastilyï申familiar. A deconstructed lamb gumbo is, Derrida aside, just lamb chops with okra; the braised short ribs with a sweet glaze taste just like barbecued ribsï申minus the bones. Even the self-consciously stylish atmosphere managed one night to attract a single celebrity: Dawnn Lewis, former star of "A Different World". A reasonably priced wine listï申most bottles are under $40ï申lets these fumbles go down a bit easier, but even so, y'all might be happier with a bucket of Popeye's and a magnum of Cristal.

Recommended Dishes

Pickled beet salad, $11; Louisiana crab cake, $15; roulade of redfish, $27

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