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How to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC: Rooftop bars, good food, live jazz and more

Grab a drink and let the good times roll.

Mardi Gras parties in New York City are

Mardi Gras parties in New York City are aplenty; grab some fried chicken and andouille gumbo from Good Stock or grab a brew at Treadwell Park. Photo Credit: Ashley Spears

Fat Tuesday is Feb. 13. Here are six ways to celebrate the New Orleans carnival tradition right here in NYC.

Sip hurricanes while listening to live jazz

The Sound Bite Restaurant, a brand-new Hell’s Kitchen spot specializing in Cajun-Southern-Italian fare, is offering $8.50 hurricanes during happy hour (4-7 p.m.) now through Tuesday. On Mardi Gras itself, the jazz joint will also have live music and specials like gumbo. 737 Ninth Ave., 917-409-5868,

Dance at a rooftop bar

The rooftop bar atop the Sanctuary Hotel in midtown is throwing a Mardi Gras party complete with a DJ spinning dance music, hurricanes, king cakes and free beads and masks for revelers. Doors open at 4 p.m., reservations at; 132 W. 47th St., 212-466-9000,

Party at a brewery

Threes Brewing in Brooklyn is pulling out all the stops for its Fat Tuesday party: live music from Three Ring Bender, NOLA-themed cocktails, food specials from The Meat Hook, king cake and beads. From 5 p.m.; 333 Douglass St., Gowanus, 718-522-2110,

Slurp up gumbo

Good Stock’s founder Ben LeBlanc hails from Louisiana, so he knows a thing or two about gumbo. Now through Feb. 18, you can get his fried chicken and andouille gumbo, which features a dark roux, thin broth, chicken and andouille sausage, from the soup specialist. $9/12 oz., $11/16 oz.; 31 Carmine St., Urbanspace Vanderbilt, East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue,

Chow down on po-boys and oysters

Lowerline calls itself a classic New Orleans neighborhood restaurant — but in Brooklyn. It opens on Mardi Gras with po-boys made with Caputo’s bread, seafood gumbo and a daily selection of oysters on the menu from chef and owner John Verlander, who hails from a long line of New Orleanians. 5-10 p.m.; 794 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, 347-533-7110,

Get specials all day

French market Le District is celebrating Mardi Gras with all-day specials at its bars, including $10 frozen patis and $8 absinthe at Le Bar, $7 house wine at Bar A Vin, and $5 Abita beer and $6 fries at Bar A Frites. A party from 5-10 p.m. at the three spaces will also have music, beads, masks and a chance to win a trip to the real deal in New Orleans next year. 225 Liberty St., 212-981-8588,


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