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A Big Easy way to celebrate Fat Tuesday on Long Island

Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras celebration, is coming

Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras celebration, is coming to Jessie's Roadhouse in Merrick, plus other venues on Long Island. (Jan. 27, 2010) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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.

1 Park Lane, Massapequa, 516-799-8877,

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).

2823 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore, 516-785-9263,

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.

1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-379-7140,

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.

153 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-378-7177,

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.

70 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-447-7744,

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.


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