Cajun cuisine, strong cocktails (and of course beads) make for a Mardi Gras celebration to remember. Fat Tuesday is kicking off a seasonal celebration — party at one of these NYC bars and restaurants hosting wild, New Orleans-style events. By Sarah Shaker.
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Two Boots celebrates Mardi Gras with live music, dancing, stilt walking, hat making and even body painting at LPR. Actress Rosario Dawson will host the event, and musicians ?uestlove and Cyndi Lauper will be crowned king and queen. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with tickets available for $25 for general admission or $125 for the VIP treatment (including an open bar, dinner and reserved seating). Proceeds benefit The Lower Eastside Girls Club.
The Delta Grill is hosting a Fat Tuesday party to remember. A $25 cover at the door includes an unlimited Cajun menu, one free Hurricane and the Southern style music from Citigrass. Head here right after work, as the buffet opens at 6pm and music follows at 7pm to get the party started right.
Celebrate Mardi Gras this year at Village Pourhouse’s Fat Tuesday Party in the East Village, including traditional Zydeco tunes, Hurricanes and of course, colorful beads. Opt for the open bar package and enjoy two hours of unlimited well cocktails and Bud Light drafts while rocking decorative masks and dancing the night away with your crew.
Party at T.G. Whitney’s in Midtown for a real bayou blowout with tons of free beads and other giveaways. Drink specials all night include $3 beers, $4 Pat O’Brien’s hurricanes, $3 voodoo shots and $6 car bombs and jager bombs. Zydeco music will be playing all night to get you in the festive mood. Food specials include Ragin’ Cajun Chicken Bites and Bourbon Street Wings.
Mable’s Smokehouse is hosting a happening Mardi Gras Party in Wiliamsburg, featuring comfort food like Crawfish Etoufee, Seafood Gumbo and Andouie Sausages, and fun music from Catahoula Cajun Band to keep you dancing all night long. Music starts at 7pm and the kitchen’s open until 11pm with no cover to join in.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.