5 Spots To Celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC
On Tuesday, February 28th, we turn our attention to another great American city: New Orleans (or NOLA, since New Yorkers appreciate acronyms!) NOLA will be flooded with folks from all around the world celebrating Mardi Gras. If it’s not in the cards for you to fly down this year, fear not. In true American comradery, NYC has enough Mardi Gras events right here in this city of ours to keep everyone well fed, well hydrated, and well celebrated. Big Easy–meet the Big Apple! Below we’ve rounded up five of the best ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday.
Authentic NOLA Experience: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
When: February 28th – March 1st
With this little number named after the famous Bourbon Street itself, you can be assured it’s the real deal. The NYC Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is located in Hell’s Kitchen, and you can go expecting $5 drink specials that are Mardi Gras staples–Hurricane cocktails, Abitas, and the tried and true beer of choice, Bud Lights. Jambalaya will be half price all day long, and the menu will be a host of NOLA favorites: bayou shrimp, red beans and rice, and of course loads of gumbo. And in case you’re worried about donning the proper attire, don’t. The restaurant will have enough beads and masks to go around!
All You Can Eat + Drink Feast: The Cannibal
When: February 28th, 3pm – 10pm
If Fat Tuesday has got you all in the mood to get your chow-down on, look no further than The Cannibal to celebrate. On the menu for this special day is an unlimited Mangalitsa pig feast (it’s 250 pounds!), paired with gluttonous sides and themed cocktails such as Hurricanes, Zombies, and Sazaracs. You’ll also enjoy the jazz band playing and a live feed of the Mardi Gras parade in NOLA to keep you entertained between courses. Festivities start at 3pm and go to 10pm, so you can truly while the night away in a food coma! Tickets for the event are $125, and can be purchased here.
A Legit Mardi Gras Ball: Treadwell Park
When: February 28th, 6pm – 10pm
Treadwell Park is new on the Fat Tuesday scene this year, and they’re determined to do it big! This Upper East Side beer hall will be hosting their own Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by drag queen Ariel Italic. Get ready to throw down some dance moves as the Triad Brass entertains with music, and on tap at the bar will be six brews straight from Louisiana. Treadwell Park put some special menu items on for the evening, as well: Fire Breathing Jambalaya, Boudin Balls, and, of course, some sweet beignets for dessert. Wear your most festive Mardi Gras getup, there will be prizes!
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A Classy Affair: Chef Isaac Toups’s Mardi Gras Dinners
When: Tasting Table Test Kitchen – February 27th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
The Cajun Guru and Top Chef contestant Isaac Toups will be hosting numerous dinners on the eve and night of Mardi Gras, so if you claim yourself a foodie, this is the RSVP you want to be making. On Mardi Gras eve (February 27th), Chef Isaac will cook an exclusive four-course feast at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen in Lower Manhattan, including Louisiana staples such as stuffed crawfish heads and Louisiana crawfish pie. On Mardi Gras, you can make reservations at “Manhattan’s most authentic southern elevated dining experience,” Bird & Bubbles, and enjoy a Louisiana crawfish boil dinner.
For A Funky Fat Tuesday Musical Performance: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
When: February 28th, Doors open at 6pm
If the sounds of Mardi Gras are perhaps more important to you than the tastes, head to B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill for their 5th Annual Funky Fat Tuesday with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (i.e. the king of Mardi Gras this side of the Mason Dixon line!) But don’t worry, even though the main focus is on the music, they will have an array of comfort food southern dishes available for ordering, too. Tickets start at $42.50, with a minimum order of $10 a person.