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Mara’s Homemade

Posted on: March 18th, 2009 by admin No Comments

This weeks restaurant review is courtesy of NYCase, but we can back up everything mentioned here as Mara’s is one of eatpress’ fav places to eat in New York city too.


Who ever thought of going out for great Louisiana Cajun in New York City? Well, if you crave giant servings and good old fashioned family service, then Mara’s Homemade is the place to go. Mara herself is usually working most nights, and if not her husband should be at the bar and her kids usually wait tables too. Mara loves to get your taste-buds tingling with a long list of specials for the night. She usually gives hints as to what seafood the kitchen just got in fresh so it’s good to listen to her. Be warned– she will try to make you overeat so embrace it or be strong and stick to one main as they are big portions. The very extensive menu ranges from pot pies to almost every kind of seafood, to great ribs and delicious desserts.

The decor is none too flash, but it has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the cocktails are delightfully served in jam jars. I have had some delicious ribs at Mara’s, served on a tray with jalapeno corn bread and a choice of sides. I also partook in what I will always remember as the “Shrimp fest of 08″ where I ordered the Shrimp Special and proceeded to eat huge amounts of shrimp with my hands. I tasted shrimp cooked in ways I’ve never imagined before, some a bit spicy for my weakling mouth but nonetheless delicious. If you like oysters there are always fresh ones to be had.

If you have room you can’t go past the desserts, handmade by Mara. The peach cobbler is what I would call “perfect” and the strawberry pie is mouthwatering essence of strawberry delight.

This is ironically one of my favorite places to take people to who are visiting New York. I know it’s not traditional fare, but it definitely is unique and when it comes down to it the food is just so good I’d go anywhere to get it.

Address: Mara’s Homemade, 342 East 6th St. Between 1st & 2nd Ave

Phone: 212-598-1110

Hours: Open Mon,Wed, Thu 5pm-10:30pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Weekends 4pm-11pm

Prices: Starters – $5 – $19, Mains – $8 – $24

The menu at Mara’s highlights Gluten free and Dairy free options too.

Tot Hoddy

Posted on: February 7th, 2009 by admin 3 Comments

Time for the first special guest post! Today our resident cocktail expert NYCase is in the house……

There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day and sitting down with a relaxing cold beer in hand. Unless it’s winter and you need to wear gloves to hold the beer. I prefer drinks that warm you up while you wind down. My favorite winter drink is a Hot Toddy.
There are many different ways to make a hot toddy but I found a simple no frills recipe that works for me:

  • 1 c apple Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 shot of whiskey, brandy or rum

Warm the apple juice, cinnamon stick and honey on the stovetop (to let the cinnamon steep. Alternatively you can microwave). This should only take about 4 minutes on medium heat. Pour into a mug and top with the liquor. Make sure to keep the cinnamon stick in the cup for extra flavor and stir. If the liquor is added before heating the alcohol will burn off and reduce its toasty effect!

Some other variations use lemon juice, tea, cloves, sugar, or apple cider so experiment with flavors to find a toddy that works for you. Think of it as a warm, sweet winter concoction that your grandmother might serve to keep the cold away.