Down in New Orleans, Fat Tuesday is a major event -- parades, food, costumes and such run through Mardi Gras. But Long Island has been known to get into the Big Easy swing of things itself. If you're looking for a place to take on some Cajun grub and party down, here's where the beads will be flying.
The Cajun restaurant has been counting down the days to Fat Tuesday - the blowout comes on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. with a buffet loaded with New Orleans fare and live music from the bluesy rockers the King Cobras at 8 p.m. Costumes are recommended (and things can get really spirited). Tickets are $35 at the door ($25 in advance).
This thoroughly Cajun-Creole station has festive decor year-round and a menu marked with gumbo, étouffée and the like. For Fat Tuesday, the four-course prix-fixe dinner costs $59 (reservations recommended). Expect giveaways, prizes for the best costumes and live music from The Buzzards at 8 p.m.
The guitars and classic album covers on the walls channel a vibe that's more rock-and-roll than zydeco. Nonetheless, Mardi Gras festivities here include a special menu of New Orleans fare and Dixie Blackened Voodoo beer. Fat Tuesday dinner starts at 5 p.m., with drink specials, giveaways and music by Jim Treutlein & Friends at 9 p.m.
Normally a cowboy-themed place to catch live music, R.S. Jones is celebrating Fat Tuesday with a 5-10 p.m. party. Catfish and crawfish are among the Cajun offerings on the dinner menu. Patrons who arrive in costume will earn a Mardi Gras CD - the bar will serve up Bourbon Street-inspired "Hurricane" cocktails.
Jack's Waterfall will perform starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, with house "Hurricanes" and beer from Louisiana's Abita and Dixie breweries. As for Mardi Gras grub, planned dishes include classic favorites ranging from gumbo and crawfish to boiled shrimp (around $10). Guests are encouraged to dress up - beads will be bestowed by the handful.