Two Louisiana State University alumns aim to fill the void of authentic Cajun and Creole cooking in New York City. Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware bring po’ boys, gumbos and more to their cool storefront – Gumbo Bros in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
This New Orleans styled spot really hits the mark with its concise menu serving a host of favorites such as crawfish mac n’ cheese, fresh shrimp and catfish po’ boys, fried green tomatoes, crawfish étouffée and of course, beignets along with Abita root beer floats and chicory coffee.
The Southern charm sure seems to be working its magic on New Yorkers as Gumbo Bros has received several rave recommendations from critics and press.
My absolute favorite dish was the shrimp po’ boy. Fresh shrimp marinated in buttermilk and hot sauce, deep fried to perfection is drenched with Duke’s mayo and served on bread which is flown in from the Leidenheimer bakery of New Orleans.
As for the rest of the menu I thought that the ettouffe fared better than the gumbo for me but I really did enjoy their banana pudding.
All in all Gumbo Bros gets the job done – it satisfies that Cajun craving without having to dip down too far South.
Here is some of what we ate:
NANNY’S SEAFOOD GUMBO
SHRIMP PO’ BOY
CRAWFISH MAC N CHEESE
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
MINI BOURBON PECAN PIE