by Julie Besonen, 07/18/2012
Mad Clams. Courtesy, Bayou
1072 Bay St., 718-273-4383, Rosebank, Staten Island
Looking to alter your Sunday-brunch routine? Wend your way to Staten Island for some of the best New Orleans–style food this side of Bourbon Street. There's live jazz and a three-course prix fixe for $19.95, which includes a Bloody Mary or champagne cocktail. Eggs Hussarde evoke a famous specialty at the New Orleans eatery Brennan's, the poached eggs and ham finished with marchand de vin sauce and hollandaise. Bayou's bordello-style dining room cleaves to the Big Easy theme as well, decorated with swag red curtains, images of jazz musicians and Mardi Gras masks and beads. It's romantic at night, when you'll find shrimp rémoulade, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée on the menu. Tarot card readings add an occult flavor on Monday nights, and there's more live music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.