Mara celebrates Mardi Gras in Syosset and Wantagh

Robin Sierra of Oceanside and Robin Dorfler of Robin Sierra of Oceanside and Robin Dorfler of Rockville Centre enjoy southern style drinks with friends at Mara's Too in Wantagh. Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

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At both Mara’s Homemade in Syosset and Mara’s Too in Wantagh, restaurateur Mara Levi is gearing up for Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which, this year, falls March 4.

On that day, Mara’s Homemade will open at noon and serve until the last customer leaves. The place will offer a roster of Cajun specialties, among them Gulf oysters, Louisiana crawfish and shrimp, jambalaya and more. Signature New Orleans drinks, like Hurricanes, Monsoons and Abita beer, will be available. Live music starts at 8 p.m.

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Many of  the same specialties will be available at Mara’s Too in Wantagh, which opens at 11:30 a.m. and where live music starts at 7 p.m.

Both places will be giving out Mardi Gras beads.

If you want to celebrate at home with a traditional king cake, Levi offers a choice of fillings — cinnamon sugar ($35) and also peach praline, cream cheese or nutella ($40). To order, call  Mara’s Homemade (516-682-9200) by Thursday, Feb., 28 and specify whether you want to pick up your cake in Syosset or Wantagh.

Watch for a story on Mardi Gras celebrations and king cake on Long Island to run on Tuesday, March 4 in Newsday's exploreLI.

Mara's Homemade is at 236 W. Jericho Tpke. (in Muttontown Plaza shopping center), Syosset, 516-682-9200; Mara’s Too is at 3261 Merrick Rd., Wantagh, 516-785-5300,

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