Gotham City Restaurant Group

Live Bait

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
Flatiron District, New York
  • Rachel P.
    "Seafood jambalaya + fried pickles + beer = YUM x 1000"(9 Tips)
    Max K.
    "Try their fresh oysters and spicy jambalaya, sooooo gooood!!!"(13 Tips)
    Tony C.
    "Get the chicken fried steak and jalapeño rings!"(6 Tips)
    Doug D.
    "Noisy but delicious authentic Cajun food too."(2 Tips)
122 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • happy hour
  • Southern food
  • fried pickles
  • casual
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  • Howard
    HowardJune 14
    $1 Oysters All Day
  • Matt H.
    Matt HillApril 14
    Great, casual bar atmosphere
  • Trevor K.
    Trevor KivJanuary 2
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 oysters
  • Olev T.
    Olev TammerSeptember 23, 2016
    Fun, loud dive bar
  • Eva M.
    Eva MiliSeptember 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    good vibes & bartenders. hard to find a chill, divey, inexpensive bar in this area, but this is it. awesome happy hour to help u get drunk enough to forget you're in midtown & talk to fellow barflies
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenAugust 19, 2016
    Nice happy hour spot. $5 beers and $1 oysters
  • San S.
    San SanAugust 13, 2016
    Casual oyster bar.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfJune 25, 2016
    Friendly dive bar, strong drinks
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttJune 3, 2016
    Have passed by many times and finally had the chance to sample their delicious fried pickles, sweet hush puppies infused with jalapenos, and lightly fried catfish. Don't know what I waiting for.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerApril 20, 2016
    Post-Work Margarita after walking past all the miserable faces in the Shake Shack line? Count me in.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerApril 13, 2016
    Chicken fried steak, margaritas and a whole bunch of raw shellfish. It's great for post work and pre train. Makes your commute home tolerable.
  • Arjumand B.
    Arjumand BonhommeMarch 3, 2016
    Food was good. Service was meh.
  • Arjumand B.
    Arjumand BonhommeMarch 3, 2016
    Fried Catfish. Gumbo
  • Avinash S.
    Avinash SalgamDecember 27, 2015
    Long wait but great chicken and waffles
  • Precious C.
    Precious CoxNovember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Laid back vibes with good drinks and good people. Currently under new management and he's holding it down. You gotta ask for Alec, Kelly, or Hanna to guarantee a good time. Food up until 7#happyhour
  • Fatih G.
    Fatih GuvencNovember 21, 2015
    Great bar and foof affordable price
  • Fatih G.
    Fatih GuvencNovember 21, 2015
    Good american bar with food option try oyster
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeSeptember 15, 2015
    Great dive bar - good oystahs!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJuly 12, 2015
    A fun dive bar with very good mac and cheese.
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬April 1, 2015
    Awesome happy hour specials with oysters!
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeMarch 25, 2015
    Their gumbo is actually more of a jambalaya but it's delicious
  • Dianna H.
    Dianna H.March 23, 2015
    Two words: fried pickles
  • Dan L.
    Dan LamFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 24, 2015
    Order the gumbo, shrimp & grits, jalapeño cornbread & the eggplant fries! Great beer here too!
  • John P.
    John PaterakisJanuary 23, 2015
    Appearances are deceiving. Push through the crowd at the bar; the restaurant in the rear usually has plenty of seating.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJanuary 10, 2015
    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.
  • Samantha V.
    Samantha VanderhoofNovember 22, 2014
    They have their own beer called Southern Brew. Try it for $5 on tap!
  • Max K.
    Max KoroteyevNovember 7, 2014
    Don't let the simple look fool you, the place has high quality food, friendly waitresses and a good selection of beer
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RebennackOctober 22, 2014
    Bartenders are amazing here
  • Max K.
    Max KoroteyevOctober 14, 2014
    Very friendly service. Try their fresh oysters and spicy jambalaya, sooooo gooood!!!
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ChaganOctober 12, 2014
    Love the decor
  • Rebekah H.
    Rebekah HavrillaOctober 10, 2014
    Good happy hour. Love the frogmore stew. And there is always an open booth if you want to eat.
  • Bridget B.
    Bridget BadoreSeptember 28, 2014
    Fried food om nom nom
  • Jacky A.
    Jacky AlcinéAugust 26, 2014
    Try the oysters!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughAugust 1, 2014
    The fried chicken sandwich is a little bland. Ask for some pickles to put on top. The French fries are awesome.
  • Jane S.
    Jane Swerdlow RieckJuly 25, 2014
    Love the shrimp and grits. XO
  • Mario G.
    Mario GonzalezMay 15, 2014
    Nice drink specials. Not really digging the suits though.
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomApril 13, 2014
    Great prices, great atmosphere, great cheap beer. Definitely worth a try
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneApril 4, 2014
    Cool vibe, good drinks and food, but waitresses are pretty aloof. Will definitely be back, but will be grabbing a seat at the bar.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BakerJanuary 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not sure why but this place consistently gets bad Health Department grades. Be careful.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Great happy hour spot for fried pickle lovers. Try it out and leave a trust rating: Read more
  • Ben L.
    Ben LoebNovember 16, 2013
    Bartender was an ass. Beer was $7. I don't recommend this bar. Go elsewhere.
  • Ljuba C.
    Ljuba CastotOctober 7, 2013
    Crab fritters!! Amaze!!!!
  • M T.
    M TJuly 8, 2013
    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.
  • Neil H.
    Neil HJuly 2, 2013
    Chili Cheese Fries are a go.
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BelknapJuly 2, 2013
    Chicken fried steak, fried chicken, fried pickles and porkslap beer in a can. Life is good.
  • Malcom B.
    Malcom BenitesMay 28, 2013
    I only walked in for one beer, but the decor of this place is great.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GrinkevichMay 23, 2013
    Cool place
  • Meg M.
    Meg McDMay 6, 2013
    Worst Strawberry Margarita Ever! Feels like I just threw $10 in the toilet. Go for the french fries instead.
  • Joel
    JoelApril 26, 2013
    Dive-y with a Southern twist? Reasonable drinks and service.
  • Liena E.
    Liena ElhagemoussaApril 24, 2013
    Awesome!!!! Jalapeño rings and any shrimp here are to die for!!!
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmApril 4, 2013
    Sit at the bar, drink Abita and remember that you're still not in Louisiana
  • Dom G.
    Dom GeorgeMarch 30, 2013
    You've got to try the raw oysters.
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CoolidgeMarch 30, 2013
    James is an awesome bartender!
  • Peter D.
    Peter DMarch 16, 2013
    Cool atmosphere. Amy the bar tender looked after us!
  • Heather R.
    Heather R.March 16, 2013
    Amy the bartender for the win!
  • Carlton B.
    Carlton BridgeforthMarch 10, 2013
    Tequila Shots!
  • Anne M.
    Anne MyersJanuary 28, 2013
    Love the music! And Happy Hour beers are great :) Nice bartender, too!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarpenterJanuary 25, 2013
    Leave your expectations at the door and come in to avoid whatever you're avoiding in the neighborhood.
  • Rich M.
    Rich MazzutoNovember 29, 2012
    Pretty good happy hour. Definitely recommend, especially if you can get there just before 5 to get a seat at the bar
  • Heather R.
    Heather R.November 25, 2012
    Spiked warm cider yummo! Best solution for a cold night
  • Adllogan R.
    Adllogan RobertoOctober 11, 2012
    "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)
  • Collin L.
    Collin LAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place rocks. Attempt to complete the "QUIN-TILLA". 5 weekdays, at least 2 drinks at the "bait". Do it!!!!
  • Laura F.
    Laura FerrinoAugust 3, 2012
    $1 oysters Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30
  • misskittyinnyc
    misskittyinnycJuly 10, 2012
    Great food but the waitresses are seriously moody bitches. Very unfortunate.
    delivery.comJune 28, 2012
    If you haven't had the plantation gumbo and candied yams from Live Bait you're missing out!
  • Irina G.
    Irina GJune 22, 2012
    Good food very laid back atmosphere <3
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈June 10, 2012
    They don't have any vinaigrette for the oysters, but they do have malt and clear vinegar so be sure to ask because they won't bring it with your dish.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpringbornJune 10, 2012
    Terrible service. The server clearly had no interest in our table.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GrishamApril 13, 2012
    great place to watch New Jersey Devil Hockey. Waitresses are friendly and the bartenders are great. I highly recommend this place
  • Vivian
    VivianApril 11, 2012
    Ordered fish n chip. Very yum. The dish didn't come with pickles so I asked the waitress for pickles. When we got the bill they charged us $0.50 for five slices of pickles, seriously?
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzMarch 29, 2012
    $5 drafts (good selection) for happy hour: 4:30 to 6:30.
  • Maurice F.
    Maurice FontenotMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jailhouse Chili: a lot more rice than actual chili
  • Jen B.
    Jen BarclayMarch 9, 2012
    Good bloody Mary!
  • Lucius K.
    Lucius KwokFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The crispy battered catfish, chicken fried steak, and the coconut shrimp are good. Skip the fried chicken though.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BirchFebruary 24, 2012
    Blackened Voodoo is the beer if choice here
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldFebruary 11, 2012
    Loud. Fun, but better for drinks than food.
  • Amar
    AmarJanuary 2, 2012
    Delicious food!
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕December 26, 2011
    Horrible service. Waited 20 mins. for a beer in an empty bar. Fail.
  • Kim W.
    Kim WilliamsDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kick ass veggie burger, but get salad. Fries are cooked in shared fryer. Have salad instead.
  • Boris
    BorisDecember 17, 2011
    Me and my friends were turned on by the bartenders...we weren't being rowdy or loud or anything but suddenly, we were told, very rudely, that we couldn't have anymore and no reason was stated. Avoid.
  • Claude N.
    Claude NorvezNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Chicken Fried Chicken sandwich. This is not a typo.
  • KR P.
    KR PeraltaNovember 18, 2011
    love their buffalo wings! A must try!
  • Jae M.
    Jae MellzNovember 16, 2011
    Great drinks and ambiance! Love the mini cornbread muffins while we wait for our meal :)
  • Heather R.
    Heather R.October 9, 2011
    There's a cute little red headed waitress who was so awesome! best service and had a good vibe! Definitely worth the extra tip!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CalegaOctober 6, 2011
    Get the chicken fried steak and jalapeño rings!
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 24, 2011
    Gulf coast cooking this side of the Mason Dixon. Love their burgers & crab cakes.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MerrimanSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheese fries = da bomb
  • A B.
    A BayzSeptember 5, 2011
    Great place for a drink- try the coconut shrimp. Loved it!
  • Boy_Lucey
    Boy_LuceySeptember 4, 2011
    20 someodd years ago this was the coolest bar and restaurant, but it has now joined the corporate bandwagon and is only a pathetic shadow of the place it once was. Go somewhere else
  • Lori S.
    Lori SSeptember 2, 2011
    The wait was long food meh
  • Yamil A.
    Yamil A-MAugust 25, 2011
    The main girl bartender, with black hair, is extremely rude. Please try to evade her and order from the blonde lady or the boys.
  • Masha M.
    Masha MurakhovskyAugust 20, 2011
    Fried pickles with yogurt sauce is a must
  • Liz B.
    Liz BravoAugust 18, 2011
    Great fish and chips
  • maura c.
    maura curtinJune 14, 2011
    The one waitress working- tall, black bob haircut is beyond spacey & checked out. Hope you're not in a rush!!
  • Haley H.
    Haley Hughes BryanJune 6, 2011
    Get the hushpuppies... if you like cold tempura cornmeal balls drowning in grease.
  • Christina H.
    Christina HartMay 30, 2011
    Worst service ever. Waitress was high or something. Wow. Terrible.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HartMay 30, 2011
    Service was horrible; waitress was totally spaced out. Won't be coming back.
  • Fiona S.
    Terrible service
  • Wesley G.
    Wesley GunnMay 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp and grits... nuff said!
  • Brian J.
    Brian JeremyApril 22, 2011
    Try the fried pickles, they will change your life
  • Lily
    LilyApril 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 apps at happy hour = great deal
  • Todd L.
    Todd LynchMarch 28, 2011
    Love the chicken fried chicken
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrownMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Crab cake sandwich is AMAZING.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMarch 15, 2011
    Solid sports bar for the flat iron district.
  • Stacy C.
    Stacy CarrollJanuary 14, 2011
    Not as cool as it used to be, miss the old bartenders - happy to still see Eddie out front though :)
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrowneDecember 31, 2010
    Fried pickles are a great starter.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is kind of overpriced but they have a good raw bar and beer selection. For the most part, the staff is pretty good. It's not the place for someone who needs nice bathrooms though.
  • Aniq
    AniqSeptember 17, 2010
    Hot waitresses (sometimes).
  • Yari A.
    Yari AAugust 29, 2010
    The Honey BBQ wings are riddiculously delicious!
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PerlinJune 18, 2010
    Seafood jambalaya + fried pickles + beer = YUM x 1000
  • Horace L.
    Horace LinMay 14, 2010
    BBQ rib is HUGE and delicious!
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanMay 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour ROCKS!!! Oysters, wings, fries $6. Good deal on beer too!
  • Lucius K.
    Lucius KwokMarch 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Ale, and Yuengling on draft are good. Chicken fried steak, catfish.
  • Emma S.
    Emma StoryMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the buffalo chicken salad. The cornflake catfish is pretty great, too.
  • Christopher Z.
    Christopher ZumbrennenDecember 22, 2009
    This place rules. Great after work bar for flatiron area. Light on the finance geeks, heavy on good Cajun food!
  • Doug D.
    Doug DeSimoneDecember 17, 2009
    not a bad place to have a drink if you're in the Flatiron district. Good beer selection. Noisy but delicious authentic Cajun food too. Read more
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuarteNovember 13, 2009
    rusty is a douche!!!
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierAugust 14, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    have the Chili Cheese Fries!!
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierAugust 4, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't have the hand grenade shots...
  • Alexis A.
    Alexis AbreuAugust 1, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the raw bar, wings, catfish and rare NYC selection of Abita.
  • M A.
    M AmeresMarch 23, 2009
    Have an Abita Amber after upgrading your cable box at Time Warner a few blocks away
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