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The Red Maple Restaurant Restaurant Review: A neighborhood restaurant and longtime politico hangout, the Red Maple stakes its reputation on the Creole- and Cajun-inspired dishes that shape its menu. Steaks presented with the typical sauces are joined by uninventive side dishes, but lunch may yield a delightfully seasoned, thick and hearty corn-and-crab bisque. An evening standout is Hudson Valley smoked duck with cherry sauce. The chef’s fried soft-shell crabs are plump and crisped on the outside. In fact, the best dishes on this menu are those that are iconic to the city, such as crab meat au gratin and seafood-stuffed catfish. Insider’s tip: Order the sweet potato casserole on the side; it’s almost a dessert. Desserts proper feature all the usual local suspects, bread pudding and chocolate cake among them. More attention could be paid to developing the wine list, although there is a nice reserve section and an above-average number of half bottle offerings.