Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mardi City

Five ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday without leaving town

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Today is Mardi Gras, and that means you have no excuse not to drink up some hurricanes and suck down some crawfish. Here are five spots honoring NOLA's grand party:
 
Andrew Carmellini's joint serves a three-course menu of oysters Rockefeller, seafood gumbo, frog's legs, pork roast, and beignets, plus hurricanes and Sazeracs.
131 Sullivan St. (Prince St.), Soho (212-677-6200). $75 prix fixe.
 
It's a whole hog feast, courtesy of Chef Charlie Foster, with hurricanes and Louisiana's own Abita beer, chicharrones, oysters, and king cake.
299 Bowery (Houston St.), Bowery (212 933 5300). $75 prix fixe here.
 
Live jazz and beer? Yes, please. Alobar pairs five courses — fried okra, andouille, crayfish, and crab po' boys — with five Abita beers. If that's not enough, this place has over 100 whiskeys, too.
46-42 Vernon Blvd. (47th Ave.), Long Island City (718-752-6000). $50 prix fixe.
 
The celebration goes all week here — really, as it should everywhere — with à la carte smoked duck gumbo, dirty rice, andouille sausage, and bahn mi sandwiches, plus limited-time Sazeracs and Bayouteche beer.
190 Ave. B (E. 12th St.), East Village (212-388-1990)
 
OK, it may be a little cheesy, but Bourbon Street also offers $5 hurricanes all day (plus chicken-and-sausage jambalaya and po' boys). This is your best bet if you can only celebrate on your lunch hour(s). 
346 W. 46th St. (9th Ave.), Midtown (212-245-2030)

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