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.