Let the good times roll. There’s plenty of Louisiana-style fun in NYC this week at special Carnival-related food and music events, and year-round at New Orleans-style restaurants. Here are our four picks:
- Tonight, Feb. 26th
Let’s Zydeco – C. J. Chenier (pictured above), described as the “Best Living Zydeco Singer & Accordionist” by Living Blues magazine, plays his toe-tapping rhythms at a dance party in Midtown. There’s a FREE Zydeco dance lesson at 7PM, and you don’t need a partner to take advantage. Music is 7:30 to 10:30, at Connolly’s, 121 West 45th St., bnetween Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Admission is $25, and food and drink is available. Let’s Zydeco brings in musicians from Louisiana on a regular basis for dance parties like this one, which happens to coincide with Mardi Gras.
- Tonight through March 3rd
Brooklyn Bowl – The combination bowling alley and concert hall in Williamsburg has a week of concerts by musicians from New Orleans, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Walter “Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters. Showtimes are either 8PM or 8:30PM, tickets are $8-$25, and food and drink is available. Brooklyn Bowl is at 61 Wythe Ave.
- Tuesday, Feb. 28th
Bourbon Street Bar & Grille – Celebrate the Big Easy year-round at this popular outpost in the Theater District. On Fat Tuesday, there are $5 Hurricanes and Abita beers all day, and half-price Jambalaya. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is at 346 West 46th St. Reservations recommended for Mardi Gras week.
Infirmary NYC was opened by a New Orleans transplant who relocated to New York after Hurricane Katrina. The setting is modern, but the menu is traditional Cajun favorites including po-boys, fried oysters and boudin balls, along with traditional NOLA specialty drinks like the Sazerac. 1720 Second Ave, between 89th and 90th Streets. Open daily.