Newsday LIVE TV visited us to film our live Crawfish boil and enjoy some "Cajun cookin'" on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Crawfish season is HERE, so savor the spicy flavor NOW!
Newsday's Peter Gionatti recommended us for our Southern comfort food and barbecue on February 8, 2018.
Edible Long Island recommended our King Cake, baked fresh to order, for Mardi Gras...and we bake anytime all year round! 516.682.9200 to order yours with at least 2 days' notice.
On Friday, September 2, 2016 Newsday stopped by Mara's Homemade restaurant to talk about and see how we prepare our barbecue - since it's a traditional favorite for the Labor Day weekend! Everything shown is available daily.
On Sunday, April 17, 2016 Mara's Homemade was in the New York Times for JazzFest food on Long Island - we serve all the favorites daily!
In December, 2015, Newsday listed Mara's Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie as one of the top 20 best eats of 2015.
OpenTable customers have voted Mara's Homemade a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Diner's Choice Winner and Neighborhood Gem. OpenTable also recognized Mara's Homemade as a top 5 winner of Barbecue Cuisine in the Tri-State area.
On January, 18, 2015, “New York Times, LI” featured Mara’s for takeout for Super Bowl. For something different as a “Feast of Championships”.
In October, 2014, Mara’s Homemade received an award for being a “Top 10” barbecue restaurant on Long Island by Newsday, as well as a Top 100 restaurant on Long Island.
On February 23, 2014, “USA Today’s” Travel journalist, Sharon McDonnell, posted an online story, including Mara’s Homemade as one of ten places in the USA that bakes Mardi Gras King Cakes.
March 3, 2012 NBC’s First Look aired a segment featuring Mara’s Homemade!
February 2, 2012 Rob Petrone, the Restaurant Hunter on FIOS1 Long Island hunted Mara's Homemade down for their alligator!
January 16, 2012 blogger Mark Levine of EastOfNYC posted a review. It was a fun time teasing about the “heat of the crawfish boil” and savoring gator!
January 6, 2012 the New York Daily News ran a story on Three Kings Day, quoting Mara regarding King Cakes.
On October 16, 2011 Joanne Starkey of The New York Times reviewed Mara's Homemade in the Metropolitan Section, Long Island Edition.
Newsday’s Explore LI on October 10, 2013 featured Mara's Oyster Po’ Boy as one of ten best sandwiches on Long Island. March 13, 2013 Erica Marcus of Newsday blogged about the house ground brisket burgers on house baked pretzel buns. Throughout the year, Newsday has highly recommended Mara’s Chocolate Cream Pie, one of Peter Gianotti’s favorite chocolate dishes! On November 3, 2011 Newday’s Explore Long Island featured a cover story on where to get ribs. Mara's Homemade was one of the featured restaurants with the ribs in prominent display!
Joan Reminick at Newsday welcomed Mara's Homemade to Long Island in its first Long Island review June 7, 2011. The only thing different at the new location, is the address! Peter Gianotti did a full page Newsday review on July 1, 2011.
The end of an era arrived on May 14, 2011, when Mara's closed their doors on 6th Street after 7-1/2 years and moved to Long Island. What was originally to be a second location, became their only one. Please join the family at 236 West Jericho Turnpike (Muttontown Plaza), Syosset, Long Island, NY 11791 as the tradition of good food and of fun continues!
While in Manhattan Mara’s Homemade gained recognition:
On March 31, 2011 HBO sent a TremeTruck to the streets of Manhattan to distribute our mini king cakes and more in honor of the season 2 premiere on April 24, 2011.
On March 23, 2011 The Gothamist encouraged a New Orleans Staycation in NYC including Mara’s Homemade as a main ingredient of the story.
On Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011 WNYC Radio featured a story about Mara's King Cakes. Mara's Homemade also shared the king cake tradition of Mardi Gras with Saveur Magazine by baking cakes for them to send to clients.
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, Mara’s Homemade participated in the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in NYC serving Grits three different ways.
On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the Long Island Pulse Magazine published a review of Mara’s Homemade.
On October 20, 2010, BBC News aired a segment with Ultra, sharing her favorite restaurant in NYC, Mara’s Homemade!
Mara was interviewed by Brian William’s NBC Nightly News on July 16, 2010. David was interviewed by CBS Money Watch on June 21, 2010 regarding the impact of higher seafood prices due to the Gulf oil situation. Mara was interviewed June 20, 2010 by the Times Picayune regarding effects of the oil spill two months from it’s initial occurrence. NPR’s All Things Considered on June 3, 2010 interviewed David, who purchases Mara’s seafood, regarding the ongoing effects of the Gulf oil spill on the oysters. When the Gulf oil spill occurred, both Mara and son, Josh were interviewed on April 30, 2010 by NBC news on the impact of seafood at the restaurant.
On March 2, 2010, Mara demonstrated Artichoke Dip on Fox 5 Good Day New York.
On Fat Tuesday February 16, 2010, the Today Show featured Mara’s King Cake as one way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Sirius/XM Radio’s Road Dog station interviewed Mara on the “Freewheelin” Show on Mardi Gras, 2010. Bloomberg News featured Mara’s Homemade as one of several locations to celebrate Mardi Gras 2009 in NYC. NY1 publicized Mara’s on their Zagat Review for Mardi Gras, 2009.
The NY Press featured Mara’s Crawfish Cheesecake as “One Great Plate” in September, 2008.
Channel 7 News interviewed Mara regarding Super Food for the 2008 Super Bowl which aired January 31, 2008.
In the August, 2007 issue of Louisiana Cookin’, Mara’s Homemade was featured as a Cajun restaurant outside Louisiana. In the February, 2005 issue of Chili Pepper Magazine Mara’s Homemade was listed as a Cajun restaurant to visit in New York.
Al Roker brought his "Roker on the Roadshow" on the Food Network to Mara’s Homemade. The show aired May 10, 2005.
City Search voted Mara’s as the 2007 and 2006 Best of CitySearch for Barbeque Restaurants and 2004 Best of CitySearch for Cajun and Creole Restaurants. Mara’s Homemade was highly rated in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 & 2005 Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants and “Time Out New York’s”2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005 Eating and Drinking Guide . Mara’s Homemade was listed in USA Today on September 23, 2005 as one of seven recommended Gulf Coast restaurants outside of Louisiana.
On Thursday, May 14, 2009, Mara and Josh did a cooking demonstration of Shrimp Grits and Shrimp Etouffee at Macy’s cellar, Herald Square. On Thursday, June 28, 2007 Mara did a cooking demonstration of Jambalaya and Crawfish Mara at Macy’s cellar, Herald Square and on Friday, October 6, 2006 Mara did a cooking demonstration of Crawfish Mara and Shrimp Etouffee atBloomingdale’s 6th Floor Houseware’s dept.
Mara’s Homemade was a participant in the White Boot Brigade’s June, 2006 trip to New York City to promote Gulf coast shrimp. Mara’s Homemade, from inception, has ONLY served Gulf Coast shrimp. The White Boot Brigade, on behalf of the Mayor of the city of New Orleans, presented Mara’s Homemade a proclamation in honor of our continuing support in the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans.