What happens when Tupac envisions his own restaurant and leaves the blueprint for the concept? Sweet Chick, nestled in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, brings this idea to life 20 years later and becomes Powamekka Cafe for you to enjoy over a 3-day stint. It was time for yet another much needed catch up and I’m so happy she suggested going to this.
The cafe was filled with pictures of Tupac from childhood to adulthood, portraits of what I took to be some of his musical influences and even newly designed restroom signs for the “playaz” and “divaz”. Handwritten notes from Tupac about the restaurant concept, infamous quotes from the artist himself and never seen before poetry also lined the walls of this pop-up cafe. Classic songs from Tupac flowed throughout and definitely made you feel his presence. Although I knew this was not going to happen, it felt like at any given moment Tupac was going to appear surprisingly and thank the patrons for stopping by and supporting his vision. That’s just how much the ambiance made you feel his presence even in his absence.
The menu was made up of the artists’ favorite meals so for my entree I went with the meatloaf. This wasn’t just ordinary meatloaf; it actually was made with duck and short rib. The dish also came with mashed potatoes and a creamy mushroom sauce. Delicious is an understatement for this one. I cannot recall what was in my mixed drink but I definitely picked it solely based on the name “Queen of Cali”. Overall I was very happy with my experience at this Tupac inspired restaurant and Sweet Chick did a phenomenal job of executing the concept that was laid out for Powamekka Cafe. Enjoy the pics below.
New Orleans is home to so many great things. From the historic French Quarter, to the eccentric beauty of the street art and the musical influence shown by the harmonic tunes played through a saxophone by a local. Oh how I love thee. Another important aspect of this culture is the Creole background which is also reflection of the great cuisine you can find here. Neyow’s embodies a lot of things which I’ve grown to appreciate and love about the city of New Orleans and its food.
I think one of the most popular items are the char-grilled oysters. I visited once back in November for a friend’s birthday and went back this month for another birthday celebration. Neyow’s and their oysters were a must for both visits. I think I fell more in love with them the second go round. Whatever is used in the sauce and seasoning is very addictive! I ordered a dozen and barely wanted to share two with other people within our party. For starters, I’ve also tried the gumbo, crab claws and crawfish balls. All were amazing! The stuffing used for the crawfish balls had the perfect mix of flavor for the crawfish. Another order to go please?
For the entree, I also double backed and ordered the pasta on the bayou. The fresh gulf shrimp and crawfish tossed in a creamy sauce with penne pasta is to die for. I remembered uttering “I’m stuffed” but refused to take home leftovers! I also sampled my friend’s shrimp creole which was equally as amazing. The spiciness of Neyow’s special sauce and the sauteed shrimp served with a bed of rice was a pure delight. As if the food wasn’t enough, they are also known for a drink called the ‘Bow Wow’. Not sure what’s in it but its definitely served with a kick. Neyow’s has yet to disappoint. If in the Mid-city area and you want the best char-grilled oysters in New Orleans, stop by and tell them I sent you.