Let the good times roll here in NYC, where you can feast on the flavors and fun of the Big Easy year-round at Louisiana-themed restaurants and bars, and others with special Mardi Gras menus. Grab your beads and head here:
Vander Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is serving up a special Fat Tuesday menu on Feb. 9th, plus giveaways. Cajun and Creole favorites include chicken and sausage gumbo, shrimp and crawfish étouffée, fried andouille sausage and muffuletta, priced between $7 and $12. Cocktails are $11 and include French 75, the signature drink of Arnaud’s, the iconic New Orleans restaurant. It’s a heady mix of gin, sparkling wine or champagne and a spalsh of fresh lemon juice. NOLA-favorite Abita Purple Haze is $7. The Vander Bar is just off the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue at 45th St. in Midtown.
Loosie Rouge is a NOLA-themed bar serving Southern comfort food and drink. There’s live music and a Carnival atmosphere on Fat Tuesday. Loosie Rouge is at 91 Sixth St. in Williamsburg.
New Orleans Crawfish Boil discount tickets are still available for this one-night-only food and music event in Brooklyn on Fat Tuesday. Details here.
Read my article about the “other” Mardi Gras in Louisiana,
the family-friendly Mardi Gras in Lake Charles
Silver Moon Bakery makes a one-pound King Cake just for Mardi Gras, for $12. It’s topped with traditional Carnival colors of purple, yellow and green, and contains the traditional little doll – the King. Custom says the person who gets the piece with the baby doll gets a year of good fortune. Silver Moon Bakery is at 2740 Broadway, at 103rd St., on the Upper West Side.
Bourbon Street Bar & Grille serves up gumbos and a variety of po-boy sandwiches, to wash down with Abita or a Hurricane (rum, passion fruit and mango juice, and a splash of sweet and sour mix). It’s a year-round party here. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is at 346 W. 46th St., in the Theater District. There’s an outdoor patio in warm weather.
Claw Daddy’s serves up Louisiana Boil, a traditional Cajun feast in which you choose your seafood, including shrimp, crab, crawfish in season, and lobster, and your sauce and spice level, from mild to call EMS. Claw Daddy’s is at 185 Orchard St. on the Lower East Side. Note that this is a small restaurant, and reservations are absolutely required.
The Boil is a few blocks away, at 139 Chrystie St., and also serves Louisiana Boil. The Boil does not take reservations or credit cards.
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photo courtesy Lake Charles CVB