Amidst a plethora of fancy, overpriced, trendy, boutiquey spots and booked-out reservation lists exists a special little place that is nothing of the sort. The next time you are wandering around the Bowery District in NoHo in search of some seriously delicious grub and utterly unfussy service, hit up Great Jones Cafe.
Named after the street where it's lived since the early 80s, Great Jones Cafe is the easy-going, cooler and far more original elder in a neighborhood full of younger, stuffier establishments. Like its honest moniker, The Cafe is great because of its small, unchanged interior, the mixed bag of super chill staff, and most importantly--the damn good food. On their lunch, brunch or dinner menus you'll find cajun-style delights from house-made gumbo, cornmeal fried clam strips and oysters, burgers and po'boys, catfish and pork, and various other delectables.
When the bar/restaurant was opened in the summer of '83, the Great Jones block wasn't exactly the sparkly, hip locale it is today. The owner created a sort-of hideout for locals and regular folk, offering them a homey respite to wet their whistle and satiate cravings with simple patrons and good tunes (their rare vinyl jukebox remains alive and well today). Due to the "hideout" nature of the space there isn't a ton of natural light making its way in, but this is just one of the many original aspects of The Cafe which sets it apart from the rest, and the locals have already become accustomed to seeing Elvis in one of their only windows, it would be a shame to take him down now.