New Orleans Shrimp

7 Sullivan Street bet. Prince & Spring Streets

I love this dish. It reminds me of growing up on the Gulf Coast. It's an appetizer portion, but I've had it as a #singlegirldinner: three enormous head-on shrimp, simply boiled and served ready to peel and eat, with the shells still hot to the touch. Meaty and delicious. Brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then dip the shrimp into the side of homemade aïoli, which is covered with a thick coat of Cajun spices. And don't forget to do what we do down South—as vulgar as this may sound: You've gotta suck on them heads. 

Bayou Beast Pizza

74 Bleecker Street near Broadway

Two Boots' namesake is derived from the boot-shaped outline of Italy and Louisiana: Cajun-Italian pizza--how that's for fusion? Nothing else epitomizes this better than a slice of their Bayou Beast, which has BBQ shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, chopped jalapeños, and mozzarella on a red pie. The crust is neither too thick or too thin, and there's a cornmeal crust at the bottom that keeps it crisp. When I'm hungry, I can polish off two slices without a hitch.