For those of us who aren’t bashful about eating with their hands and who boldly let the fat drip down their chin in public, our time has come. This weekend marks the return of Crawfish NY’s Crawfish Boil for NOLA. The original event is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 on the water at Stuyvesant Cove Park from 4 to 8, and it quickly sold out. Thankfully, because of the high demand, an identical event will be staged the next day at the same location from 3 to 7, so if you missed your chance to sign up for the Saturday event, you still have a chance. (Or, if you did sign up for Saturday, and just want to indulge your inner glutton in all its glory, you can go for both).
What is a crawfish boil? Its a New Orleans-style party where live crawfish are shipped up from Louisiana and cooked at the party in a giant pot with the other traditional ingredients, like corn on the cob, onions, garlic, lemons, sausage, and pretty much anything else the chef deems worthy of throwing into the mix. The event’s hosts state that “Once the boil is ready, the boilmaster spills the steaming hot mix onto your tables, and everyone rolls up their sleeves and dives in. No forks, no knives. You stand and eat with your hands, bond with the other guests at your table, and occasionally fight over the sausage. Once the boil is done, it’s cleared away, you grab a fresh drink, and start it all over again!”
Even the most ravenous of appetites will find it a challenge to finish this formidable feast; according to Erin Zimmer of Serious Eats New York, “there will be enough crawfish for each person to eat four or five pounds worth.” After wolfing down the crawfish, wash it down with the unlimited beer, or a New Orleans hurricane.
The pounds and pounds of crawfish and unlimited free beer should be enough of a draw on their own, but there’s one more feature that makes this event even more enticing. Proceeds go to benefit the Make it Right Foundation, a charity seeking to help continue the rebuilding process in New Orleans. Get your tickets here for what promises to be a good time with great food on the waterfront.