Even if you're not able to be in New Orleans for the big day, you can still break out the beads and cause a raucous. It might not be the same as the real thing, but there are plenty of restaurants and bars that offer Southern charm and hospitality in good ol' NYC. Unless you're one of the lucky ones that either a) took today off or b) called in "sick" and are already knee-deep in hurricanes and jumbalaya, grab your crowd after work/class/etc. and put your party pants on. Mardi Gras (which means Fat Tuesday) is meant for eating and debauchery before Lent begins, so get ready - we've rounded up a few of NYC's most authentic Nawlins parties sure to fatten and rowdy up its patrons.
Saunter out of work a few minutes early to catch the $2 beers and hurricanes from 4-5pm. Follow with $3 Big Easy shots, along with many more specials. 244 E. 53rd St, 212.888.5772
As Cajun as it gets in this city every day of the year, Bourbon Street Bar & Grill is throwing a special celebration for Fat Tuesday. They'll have live music, endless jumbalaya bowls, and $5 hurricanes. Also indulge in other Cajun dishes like Alligator in a Blanket, Creole Red Beans, and all varieties of Po'Boys. 346 West 46th St (btw 8th & 9th Aves), 212.245.2030
Billy's is serving free drinks between 7-8pm on March 8-12th to get the party started, then following with a weekend celebration this Saturday, March 12th. You can spin the Wheel of Shots (if you dare) and entertain your taste buds and your wallet with specials on Cajun comfort food. 25 Ave B (btw 2nd & 3rd Sts), 646.692.6216
Remaining faithful to its name, Southern Hospitality boasts "the biggest Fat Tuesday party in NYC" on their website. You can be the judge of that yourself - $6 hurricanes, beer specials, live perfomances by Mike Preen & The Hot Six and thousands of beads to give away. Also be sure to dress your wildest, because there are cash prizes for whoever's the most Mardi Gras'ed out. May the best partiers win! 1460 2nd Ave (btw 76th & 77th Sts), 212.249.1001
If you're looking more for getting full rather than getting wild, $20 will get you Cajun buffet, a free hurricane, and music by the Citigrass Band till midnight. 700 9th Ave (@ 48th St), 212.956.0934