Mardi Gras in New York
Mardi Gras is this Tuesday and, while we might be in New York, rather than New Orleans, there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate. Below, three of our best bets.
Doughnuts are a Fat Tuesday tradition and, though New York doesn’t have the beignets of the Big Easy, we still live in one of the world’s great doughnut cities. Start your day at the new Doughnut Plant in Chelsea (222 W. 23rd) for a decadent creme brulee number. Oh, and grab a peanut butter and jelly doughnut while you’re there as well. Hey, they don’t call it Fat Tuesday for nothing.
Want to party while doing good? Shell out the $25-100 for tickets to the Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball at (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street). Hosted by drag king Murray Hill, the benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club will feature live music and comedy from Luis Guzman.
Of course, sometimes Mardi Gras doesn’t require anything more than just drinking in a bar. If so, may we suggest Red Hook’s Fort Defiance (365 Van Brunt Street)? Though New Orleans themed, it’s not as cheesy as the tacky NYU bars lining 8th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Settle in with a Sazerac and a plate of shrimp and grits: it’s almost as good as a trip to Louisiana.
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