NYC becomes NOLA on Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the celebration of all things excessive: feasting, drinking, dancing... Celebrate gluttony at some of these fun events!
The Lion will host its first ever Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. The West Village eatery will be featuring live music and serving classic New Orleans cocktails such as Sazeracs, Vieux Carres, French 75s and Absinthe Frappes and bites including oysters, crawfish and shrimp. Black tie attire suggested and masks are mandatory. Feb 15th, 7:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., 62 W. 9th St., tickets start at $50
Sons of Essex's dinner series, Lulu’s Dove House will bring Bourbon St. to Essex St. with a 1920’s themed Mardi Gras celebration. Flapper dresses, fedoras and plenty of characters will help turn the restaurant into a golden-age speakeasy. Jazz, Cirque De Soleil performers and burlesque dancers will perform throughout the evening to accompany French Quarter inspired dishes such as Blackened Shrimp over charred kale with bacon vinaigrette. Feb. 17th, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 133 Essex St., $60 tickets
Duane Park will offer two seatings for their Mardi Gras Soirée. A three-course feast will feature an old southern style menu with options like pan-roasted shrimp with Nora Mills cheese grits, chicken-andouille gumbo and a tender Abita-braised pork. Live music, burlesque and craf tcocktails will also make the festivities. Feb. 17th, 308 Bowery, 6-6:30 p.m. $55/person, 8:45-9:15 p.m., $65/person
NYC Mardi Gras at Brooklyn's Irondale Center will be an all-out celebration featuring all you can drink and eat beer, spirits and gumbo along with live entertainment including tap dance and burlesque. Feb. 17th, 85 S. Oxford St., 6 p.m. - 10 p.m, tickets start at $45
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn will feature a special menu in honor of Fat Tuesday. The seafood spot will cook up gumbo, hush puppies, crawfish boils, poisson rouge courtbouillon, blackened catfish, seafood etouffee and more to celebrate Mardi Gras! $7 mint juleps, Hurricanes and Sazeracs as well as other Cajun treats will be available at the bar all day. 254 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn
French Roast is bringing NOLA both uptown and downtown. Special New Orleans menu items at both of their restaurants will include chicken and andouille gumbo, ahrimp remoulade, blackened catfish with dirty Rice, crayfish and shrimp etouffee and poor boys. For dessert, a traditional king cake with a small baby doll baked in it will be served-- whomever gets the doll will win a $25 giftcard. 78 W. 11th St. & 2340 Broadway