Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Live Bait
Flatiron District, Madison Square Park, New York, NY
212-353-9100
Review by SuSu, MaceVindaloo, Sparticus, Diana

"Shack" type restaurants seem awfully popular these days. Even in a place like mid/downtown New York City. The idea seems to be a casual eatery with a bar, with the idea that you can get decent seafood and diner fare. Real estate prices being what they are, they aren't necessarily cheap ... but there is a lot to be said for a place that is comfortable in a down-homey sort of way, rather than being snooty and exclusive. Both can be found here, of course.

Live Bait evokes lots of thoughts and emotions, including smelliness, so it was a long while before we tried this place. I mean, what if they took their concept too literally? At the time we tried, we had a "diverse mix" of -vores with us, including carnivores and herbivores. Why not test a place out to see if their concept spreads that far?

Short analysis: Live Bait was great. A lot of places like that just toss a bunch of decorations to try and give a feel of eating at a Deep South fish shack. This place actually pulls it off, in decor AND content.

As soon as you walk in, you see the stuffed 'gator heads and you become suspicious that this may be another one of those cheesy joints. We were seated in a booth in the back. Maybe it was the old-time ice cream fridge with the multiple doors, but you do feel like you should be swatting mosquitoes ...

They make excellent hushpuppies, and their fish is cooked perfectly. Their side dishes made the herbivore very happy. They made excellent collards, and their barbecue was decent enough to keep the carne'd one happy. Side dishes included macaroni and cheese, as well as extra hushpuppies.

Curious thing about these "shack" places — they offer unlimited iced tea. Everything else is a per-drink charge. Remember that.

This place really made all of us happy. We were too satisfied to try dessert ... and really, the food was so good that we were afraid dessert would ruin it. We'll try to be braver next time.

We're not sure what that thing is in the foreground of the photo. We think it's a droidekar ... Come to think of it, the neon does give it an under-level Coruscant feel ...


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