Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras in New York City on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and as good an excuse as any to get out there and celebrate! Our friends in New Orleans may do Mardi Gras bigger, but if you can't get away to the Big Easy this year, you can still have a good time right here in Manhattan.
We've rounded up some great ways to live it up for Fat Tuesday in NYC with Cajun food, drink specials, and live NOLA-style music at Mardi Gras parties. Check out the top picks for 2016 events here:
- Bourbon Street Bar and Grill: Be transported to the French Quarter of New Olreans right on West 46th Street this Fat Tuesday with specials that include $5 Hurricanes, $6 Abitas, $10 po' boys (with "Zapps Voodoo potato chips"), and $12 jambalaya plates. Plus, revelers will enjoy a DJ (from 5pm till 10pm), tons of beads on hand, and other giveaways.
- "Funky Fat Tuesday" Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at B.B, Kings: Add some funk to your Fat Tuesday while grooving to the master of funk, George Clinton, who will be hosting a memorable Mardi Gras celebration with the rest of his funkadelic band. Tickets cost under $40, which leaves you some left over for some Fat Tuesday-style imbibing.
- Mardi Gras at Duane Park: Swing by this unique East Village burlesque supperclub as it pays homage to New Orleans. Guests are treated to a three-course meal, featuring an old Southern style menu (like pan-roasted shrimp, cheese grits, and chicken-andouille gumbo) paired with live entertainment. The "parade of performers" will include magician Albert Cadabra, in-house songstress Storm, and more.
- Fat Tuesday at VSPOT Organic: For a healthier Fat Tuesday alternative, check out this wholesome party at East Village eatery VSPOT Organic, where you'll get live comedy and a dessert ticket for made-from-scratch vegan pralines, beignets, or king cake.
- THE SALON: Mardi Gras: Make way to this Delancey Street event space for their 4th annual creole carnival, complete with a DJ and nearly 30 live performers, including burlesque acts and three bands on three separate floors. There'll be crawfish cooking and a Cajun prix-fixe dinner, too. And, naturally, plenty of Mardi Gras beads to keep things festive.