Ok, it's like they put crack in this thing. Went to Jacques Imo for the first time last night and, of course, ordered the alligator cheesecake as an appetizer for the three of us. Wow.....really blow-away great. We couldn't get enough of it. Nicly spiced, chunks of alligator and andouille sausage, strong cheese taste, really flavorful.
The "cheesecake" thing is a dodge. It's a quiche, looser and mushier than most I've had. But who'd buy it if the called it gator quiche?
I'm categorizing this as one of New York's most addictive foods, alongside Mojo's chorizo man 'n cheese and 11 Madison Park's gougeres.
Otherwise our food was good, though not screamingly so. I had a pecan jalapeno crusted amberjack (fish) that was good, though surprisingly not-spicy. BBQ shrimp come whole, head, shell, everything. They were ok. THe fried chicken was a huge portion, and pretty tasty from the slice I had. We didn't do dessert.
Entrees are pretty much $17-$22, including two sides.
Service was great and friendly. Slow night, lots of tables available, but it was a Monday (their first Monday)
The major downside is that's it's a little schticky. With all the crazy paintings on the wall it reminded me more of a Chicago restaurant than New York (or New Orleans). Ya know how Chicago seems to be loaded with all the big gimmikcy dining halls? That's what this feels like.
But it's for damn sure the best cajun food I've had in Manhattan (since La Gould Finch on Ave. B closed, anyway.) Far better than the mediocre Bayou and Delta Grill.