For most Americans Mardi Gras is a well-known celebration distinguished by beads, outrageous costumes and booze. Every year, thousands of partygoers flock to New Orleans to participate in the eclectic festivities that originated in medieval Europe.
If you’re in the Big Apple and wanting to celebrate like you’re in the Big Easy, we’ve got festive recommendations so you can let the good times roll. Or, as someone from New Orleans would say, laissez les bons temps rouler!
Eat & Drink New Orleans-style
New Orleans meets New York at Bo’s, a contemporary jazz-filled bar and grill. Head here on March 28 for a New Orleans-style Fat Tuesday party to satisfy your cajun cravings. The celebration also includes free swag for guests, including beads, masks and more), as well as specials on NOLA favorites like the Hurricane, Sazerac and Albita.
Bo’s: 6 W. 24th St., 212-234-2373
Bourbon Street Bar and Grille
If you’re looking for a good party at a great price, join the Mardi Gras festivities at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille. Put on complementary masks and beads and join the Fat Tuesday celebration, including drink specials on cocktails like the Hurricane, Arbita and beer, paired perfectly with menu highlights including catfish po’boy, crawfish etoufee and Cajun jambalaya.
Bourbon Street Bar and Grille: 346 West 46th Street., 212-245-2030
Listen to Live Music
Brooklyn Bowl is bringing the New Orleans street party to the bowling alley with their Mardi Gras Masquerade on February 26. Performing bands include the world-famous Dirty Dozen Brass and The Get Right Band will perform live, ensuring a high-octane performance guaranteed to get your hips moving. Tickets are on sale here.
Brooklyn Bowl: 61 Wythe Ave., 718-963-3369
Authentic, traditional and personable are three words to describe the music of New Orleans native Kermit Ruffins. Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers are doing several performances leading up to Fat Tuesday at Blue Note Jazz Club, starting February 23. Reservations are available here.
Blue Note: 131 West 3rd., 212-475-8592
Visit a Fortune Teller
Saint Marks Psychic and Tarot Readings
While fortune tellers are not associated with Mardi Gras per se, New Orleans is historically famous for its elements of voodoo and fortune telling. Palmistry and Tarot card readings are a popular way to experience the Big Easy, and they are similarly popular in the Big Apple. Try Saint Marks Psychic and Tarot Readings for a glimpse into your future.
Saint Marks Psychic and Tarot Readings: 13 Saint Marks Pl. #3F, 917-569-3618
Reveal the foundation of your character from love, strength, health and other characteristics with a palm reading. Midtown Psychic is focused upon healing through love and teaching others how to harness their spiritual potential. Services include palmistry and basic tarot card readings.
Midtown Psychic: 141 W. 41 St., 347-541-9966