Gotham City Restaurant Group

Live Bait

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Bar, and American Restaurant · Flatiron District
14 E 23rd St (btwn Broadway & Madison Ave), New York, NY 10010, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Tue
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 AM
  • Wed
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Thu–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–4:00 AM
  • Sat
    • Noon–4:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Low-Country cuisine with a great bar!


Based on 318 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Rachel P.
    "Seafood jambalaya + fried pickles + beer = YUM x 1000"(8 Tips)
    Doug D.
    "Noisy but delicious authentic Cajun food too."(2 Tips)
    Tony C.
    "Get the chicken fried steak and jalapeño rings!"(2 Tips)
    Max K.
    "Try their fresh oysters and spicy jambalaya, sooooo gooood!!!"(9 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • oysters
  • fried pickles
  • Southern food
  • delicious authentic cajun food
  • chicken fried steak
  • beer
  • chicken wings
  • gumbo
  • catfish
  • grits
  • crab cakes
  • casual
  • barbecue
  • lively
  • sandwiches
  • eggplant fries
  • good for a late night
  • shrimp
  • cocktails
  • Tim C.

    Great dive bar - good oystahs!

    Tim Clarke · September 15
  • drew t.

    A fun dive bar with very good mac and cheese.

    drew tarvin · July 12
  • Maya J.

    Awesome happy hour specials with oysters!

  • Dustin L.

    Their gumbo is actually more of a jambalaya but it's delicious

    Dustin Lee · March 25
  • Dianna H.

    Two words: fried pickles

    Dianna H. · March 23
  • Dan L.

    The Mac and Cheese is great, very cheesy and full of texture. Gets a bit crowded by people that work around the area around 7pm. They serve food at the bar or you can be seated at a table.

    Dan Lam · February 28
  • Kimmie O.

    Order the gumbo, shrimp & grits, jalapeño cornbread & the eggplant fries! Great beer here too!

    Kimmie Ohh · February 24
  • John P.

    Appearances are deceiving. Push through the crowd at the bar; the restaurant in the rear usually has plenty of seating.

    John Paterakis · January 23
  • Russell H.

    Good oysters and draught beer, pretty divey and even if the bak is completely empty they wont let u sit. Face it guys, no one is going there for a sit down dinner.

    Russell Hirschorn · January 10
  • Nicolette C.

    Bar tender was a bitch and gross. Can't be both...pick one. 👹

    Nicolette Corrao · December 24, 2014
  • Samantha V.

    They have their own beer called Southern Brew. Try it for $5 on tap!

    Samantha Vanderhoof · November 22, 2014
  • Max K.

    Don't let the simple look fool you, the place has high quality food, friendly waitresses and a good selection of beer

    Max Koroteyev · November 7, 2014
  • Andrew R.

    Bartenders are amazing here

    Andrew Rebennack · October 22, 2014
  • Max K.

    Very friendly service. Try their fresh oysters and spicy jambalaya, sooooo gooood!!!

    Max Koroteyev · October 14, 2014
  • Joseph C.

    Love the decor

    Joseph Chagan · October 12, 2014
  • Rebekah H.

    Good happy hour. Love the frogmore stew. And there is always an open booth if you want to eat.

    Rebekah Havrilla · October 10, 2014
  • Bridget B.

    Fried food om nom nom

    Bridget Badore · September 28, 2014
  • Jacky A.

    Try the oysters!

    Jacky Alciné · August 26, 2014
  • Daniel M.

    The fried chicken sandwich is a little bland. Ask for some pickles to put on top. The French fries are awesome.

    Daniel McDonough · August 1, 2014
  • Jane S.

    Love the shrimp and grits. XO

    Jane Swerdlow Rieck · July 25, 2014
  • Mario G.

    Nice drink specials. Not really digging the suits though.

    Mario Gonzalez · May 15, 2014
  • Travis B.

    Great prices, great atmosphere, great cheap beer. Definitely worth a try

    Travis Bloom · April 13, 2014
  • Jesse L.

    Cool vibe, good drinks and food, but waitresses are pretty aloof. Will definitely be back, but will be grabbing a seat at the bar.

    Jesse L · April 4, 2014
  • Tim B.

    Not sure why but this place consistently gets bad Health Department grades. Be careful.

    Tim Baker · January 29, 2014
  • Wyngspan

    Great happy hour spot for fried pickle lovers. Try it out and leave a trust rating: Read more

    Wyngspan · January 27, 2014
  • Ben L.

    Bartender was an ass. Beer was $7. I don't recommend this bar. Go elsewhere.

    Ben Loeb · November 16, 2013
  • Ljuba C.

    Crab fritters!! Amaze!!!!

    Ljuba Castot · October 7, 2013
  • M T.

    The hush puppies have cheese in them. Not mentioned on the menu & it's not an authentic hush puppy component. Take it from the NC native. But if you like the idea, go for it.

    M T · July 8, 2013
  • Neil H.

    Chili Cheese Fries are a go.

    Neil H · July 2, 2013
  • Bryant B.

    Chicken fried steak, fried chicken, fried pickles and porkslap beer in a can. Life is good.

    Bryant Belknap · July 2, 2013
  • Malcom B.

    I only walked in for one beer, but the decor of this place is great.

    Malcom Benites · May 28, 2013
  • Daniel G.

    Cool place

    Daniel Grinkevich · May 23, 2013
  • Meg M.

    Worst Strawberry Margarita Ever! Feels like I just threw $10 in the toilet. Go for the french fries instead.

    Meg McD · May 6, 2013
  • Joel

    Dive-y with a Southern twist? Reasonable drinks and service.

    Joel · April 26, 2013
  • Liena E.

    Awesome!!!! Jalapeño rings and any shrimp here are to die for!!!

    Liena Elhagemoussa · April 24, 2013
  • P B.

    Sit at the bar, drink Abita and remember that you're still not in Louisiana

    P B · April 4, 2013
  • Dom G.

    You've got to try the raw oysters.

    Dom George · March 30, 2013
  • Brittany C.

    James is an awesome bartender!

    Brittany Coolidge · March 30, 2013
  • Peter D.

    Cool atmosphere. Amy the bar tender looked after us!

    Peter D · March 16, 2013
  • Heather R.

    Amy the bartender for the win!

    Heather R. · March 16, 2013
  • Carlton B.

    Tequila Shots!

    Carlton Bridgeforth · March 10, 2013
  • Anne M.

    Love the music! And Happy Hour beers are great :) Nice bartender, too!

    Anne Myers · January 28, 2013
  • Jeremy C.

    Leave your expectations at the door and come in to avoid whatever you're avoiding in the neighborhood.

    Jeremy Carpenter · January 25, 2013
  • Rich M.

    Pretty good happy hour. Definitely recommend, especially if you can get there just before 5 to get a seat at the bar

    Rich Mazzuto · November 29, 2012
  • Heather R.

    Spiked warm cider yummo! Best solution for a cold night

    Heather R. · November 25, 2012
  • Adllogan R.

    "try the fried pickles, they will change your life" (4 tips) "get the chicken fried steak and jalapeño rings!" (3 tips) "... delicious authentic cajun food too." (2 tips)

    Adllogan Roberto · October 11, 2012
  • Collin L.

    This place rocks. Attempt to complete the "QUIN-TILLA". 5 weekdays, at least 2 drinks at the "bait". Do it!!!!

    Collin L · August 25, 2012
  • Laura F.

    $1 oysters Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30

    Laura Ferrino · August 3, 2012
  • misskittyinnyc

    Great food but the waitresses are seriously moody bitches. Very unfortunate.

    misskittyinnyc · July 10, 2012

    If you haven't had the plantation gumbo and candied yams from Live Bait you're missing out! · June 28, 2012

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