Mardi Gras is prime time for costumes, for revelry, and, of course, for eating and drinking to your heart’s content. (It’s not called “Fat Tuesday” for nothing.) In honor of the occasion, on March 4, 2014, here are the best places across New York to get a taste of the holiday. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
One of the city’s best parties will be at The Dutch in SoHo, where a special Cajun and Creole menu will accompany music by the People’s Champs, billed as “experimental funk, soul and Afrobeats from Brooklyn.” Cocktail specials include classic Hurricanes and Sazeracs as well as the white whiskey-lemon “Funky Pirate.” 131 Sullivan St., 212-677-6200, thedutchnyc.com
Chef Daniel Boulud’s downtown restaurant is throwing a New Orleans-themed whole hog feast for the holiday, with Oysters Rockefeller, Chicharrones and Cornbread, and suckling pig with Cajun stuffing–as well as all the Abita beer you can drink. Find the baby in your slice of King Cake–a classic Mardi Gras tradition–and you’ll win a DBGB gift card. 299 Bowery, 212-933-5300, dbgb.com
If all you need for your Mardi Gras is music, beads and beer, head over to this East Village bar for two-for-one Abita, $5 Hurricanes, Cajun food specials, and more. 64 Third Ave., 212-979-2337, villagepourhouse.com
Le Poisson Rouge
At the Fifth Annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, expect all manner of revelry — music from The Lost Bayou Ramblers (straight from New Orleans), Mamarazzi, Hungry March Band, and The Main Squeeze Orchestra, as well as stilt-walking, dancers and a celebrity King and Queen. VIP tickets get you a New Orleans-themed dinner and an open bar all night. 158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com
At Back Forty’s location on Avenue B, they’ve got Mardi Gras specials all week long (March 4 – 11), with smoked duck gumbo and andouille sausage, Sazeracs, Zydeco tunes and much more. 190 Ave. B, 212-388-1990, backfortynyc.com