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Big Easy food in NYC

It’s almost time for Mardi Gras, that annual Carnival celebration in New Orleans.

The festival kicks off on Feb. 9, with parties planned in the city and beyond, including in New York, to commemorate the feast day. But you don’t have to wait for Mardi Gras to enjoy the flavors of the Big Easy.

Here’s where you can go any night of the week in NYC to find New Orleans-inspired food and drink, from po’ boys to hurricanes.

Clawdaddy's NYC

The big draw at this three-year-old spot is
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The big draw at this three-year-old spot is the Louisiana Boil -- choose your seafood (options include shrimp, crawfish and lobster), sauce and spice level (mild to "insane"). Beyond the boil, there's a raw bar, small plates such as Louisiana gumbo, Cajun wings and entrees like jambalaya and shrimp or catfish po' boys. 185 Orchard St., 646-590-6816, clawdaddysnyc.com

The Boil

New York City's other Cajun-style boil destination operates
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New York City's other Cajun-style boil destination operates in a similar fashion to Claw Daddy's -- pick your seafood, sauce and spice level (mild to "fire"), with plenty of side options. Also on the menu: a catfish basket, catfish sliders, gumbo and more. Cash only; 139 Chrystie St., 212-925-8815, theboilny.com

Loosie Rouge

This NOLA-themed bar opened last spring, serving up
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This NOLA-themed bar opened last spring, serving up variations on classics like a French 75 and Sazerac, with bar food to match (think po' boys). Given its leanings, the bar has something special in the works for Mardi Gras, too, including a live band and a bar menu featuring a shrimp po' boy (pictured), fried chicken sandwich, Nutella beignets, crepe suzette and, to drink, hurricanes, from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 91 S. Sixth St., Williamsburg, loosierouge.com

Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room

The New American restaurant features plenty of New
Photo Credit: Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room

The New American restaurant features plenty of New Orleans flair on its menu, from the crispy alligator served with a chili aioli (pictured) to savory beignets overflowing with maple bacon. For Fat Tuesday, the restaurant will have drink specials on New Orleans favorites such as the hurricane and Sazerac, as well as Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band. 6 W. 24th St., 212-234-2373, bosrestaurant.com

Bourbon Street Bar and Grille

Yes, with a name that includes the words
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Yes, with a name that includes the words "Bourbon Street," you know you've got yourself an authentic Crescent City party. The French Quarter-inspired spot serves up chicken and andouille gumbo, fried pickles and a variety of po' boys to eat. And to drink, find hurricanes, swamp juice and Abita aplenty. For Mardi Gras, the bar will offer food and drink specials from 5-10 p.m. 346 W. 46th St., 212-245-2030, bourbonny.com

Cheeky Sandwiches

As the name implies, this New Orleans-inspired snack
Photo Credit: Cheeky Sandwiches via Instagram

As the name implies, this New Orleans-inspired snack shop is all about sandwiches. Stars include oyster po' boy and the veggie muffuletta (yes, no meat). Get some Zapp's Chips and a Big Shot soda and you're good to go. 35 Orchard St., 646-504-8132, cheeky-sandwiches.com

Catfish

Specializing in Cajun fare, this Brooklyn favorite is
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Specializing in Cajun fare, this Brooklyn favorite is all about the spirit of New Orleans, from its welcoming atmosphere to its motto ("Laissez les bon temps rouler") to, of course, the food and drink. Menu highlights include Louisiana crab cakes, jambalaya, chicken fried steak, crawfish bisque, catfish po' boy and, to drink, such cocktails as the rum-based swamp water, Sazerac, hurricane, vieux carre and French 75. 1433 Bedford Ave., Crown Heights, 347-305-3233, catfishnyc.com

City Crab Shack

This brand new spot, which officially opens Feb.
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This brand new spot, which officially opens Feb. 3, offers several New Orleans-style dishes on its seafood-heavy menu, from crab beignets to, for the month of February, specials including creole deviled crab with rolled eggplant and a crawfish boil. 10 E. 16th St., 212-529-3800, citycrabshack.com

And for dessert: King cake

The king cake is a delicious Mardi Gras
Photo Credit: Epicerie Boulud

The king cake is a delicious Mardi Gras tradition. The French dough-style puff pastry, also known as a pithivier or galette des rois, is typically topped with icing and purple, yellow and green colored sugar; stuffed with a rich almond filling; and has a small plastic or porcelain baby or trinket, aka feve, hidden inside (whoever finds it is king for the day!). Here are three places to find the baked good in NYC.

Epicerie Boulud

The bakery's pithivier (pictured) is filled with its special almond frangipane filling. It comes with a paper crown for the winner who finds the prize. Serves up to eight. $42; 1900 Broadway, 212-595-9606, 1 W. 59th St., 212-794-2825

Silver Moon Bakery

This bakery makes a one-pound king cake that's topped with purple, yellow and green sugar and contains a ceramic doll, as customary. It is available tomorrow until Tuesday. Serves up to eight. $12; 2740 Broadway, 212-866-4717

Mille-Feuille

The bakery's galette des rois is so popular it usually sells out. You can find it in either location now until Sunday, and can pre-order a day in advance to get one after then. Cakes are available in two sizes that serve six ($24.90) or 10 ($40.90), as well as by the slice ($3.90). 552 Laguardia Place, 212-533-4698; 2175 Broadway, 212-362-6261 (Katherine Barner)

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