Red Gravy is entering a new chapter, and the staff would like to invite you to experience it with them. Red Gravy’s brand new Magazine Street location (4206 Magazine Street) features different hours and menu items than the formerly breakfast-centric eatery had. You are invited to dine during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM, and you will want to go back for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 PM to 9 PM.
After 10 years happily located in the CBD, Red Gravy decided to make this move due to the COVID-19 business restrictions and the subsequent tourism drop-off. Owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker knew that locals weren’t going to travel downtown to eat breakfast enough to make up for the loss of the tourists that had been her main customer base, so she found a location that was embedded in an area popular with local diners.
The new Red Gravy boasts charming indoor seating in the main dining room (which also features a long bar for cocktail lovers), but you are welcome to sit at one of the sidewalk tables or have a seat in the inviting patio area. Your furry friends are also welcome to join you on the patio by entering through the alleyway. There’s a good chance you’ll find Roseann making gnocchi or pasta right in the dining room!
Red Gravy’s dinner items alone could tempt anyone into the doors. Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Fried Porkchops, and rich Red Gravy with Spaghetti… it’s all so belly-filling and soul-satisfying. I’d recommend one of their more bright and refreshing cocktails to counter the decadent food. The Pink Gin Fizz is a fruity, bubbling drink made with Tanqueray Gin, prosecco, and a touch of cherry juice.
You can’t have an Italian dinner without dessert. The crunchy Cannoli is bursting with rich cream and bedazzled with pistachios for even more crunch. The adorable trio of quartet of beignet-like balls were oozing out a sweet dark berry jelly from the center.
If you never went to Red Gravy when it was located in the CBD or if you have, it is time to visit Red Gravy on Magazine Street and reacquaint yourself. This is a new era of Italian dining in New Orleans, and I hope that it will last much longer than a decade.