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Dining briefs: Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras edition


Virgil's celebrates Mardi Gras all week long.

Mason Dixon
133 Essex St., 212-260-4100.
Tuesday, 6 p.m.-4 a.m.
Menu highlights: Cajun blackened catfish tacos ($10.95) and grilled tiger shrimp with Cajun andouille sausage, peppers, onions and cheese grits ($14.95).
Bar specials: NOLA’s drink of choice, the absinthe-infused Sazerac ($10); Mason Dixon’s special Hurricane ($10); mimosas ($5); and Bloody Marys ($7). Free bull rides will be offered with the purchase of a bourbon and a beer.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

1485 Second Ave., 212-288-0999; Tuesday, 12 p.m.-4 a.m. 181 Lexington Ave., 212-779-7427; Tuesday, 5 p.m.- 4 a.m. 428 Amsterdam Ave., 212-501-7515; Tuesday; 5 p.m.-4 a.m.
Menu highlights: Blackened chicken breasts with a side of jambalaya ($15) and catfish, chicken or shrimp po’boys ($10). Exclusive to the Murray Hill location will be a traditional crawfish boil ($10).
Bar specials: Individual Abita Ambers or Abita Turbodogs ($5) or buckets of the stuff ($22); a special cocktail, Hurricane Jimmy, in a mason jar ($7); and their signature fishbowl ($20).

Virgil’s Real Barbecue
152 W. 44th St., 212-921-9494.
Specials running now through Tuesday. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Menu highlights: Fried green tomatoes with shrimp, crab and a remoulade sauce ($11.95); gumbo of the day (cup $4.25, bowl $5.95); “Not just for Mondays,” red beans and rice with smoked sausage ($16.95); bananas foster ($6.50); and sweet potato pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream ($6.50).
Bar specials: Partyers can enjoy specialty Bourbon Street cocktails ($9.50) and beer flights from Magic Hat Brewery ($8.50).

Back Forty:
190 Ave. B #1, 212-388-1990.
Tuesday, seatings at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (all seatings are communal). The restaurant closes at 11 p.m.
Menu highlights: Crispy red Maine shrimp and hush puppies with spicy remoulade; jambalaya with house made andouille and Louisiana white shrimp.
Price: $55 per person for a four-course Cajun meal with beer pairings from Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint Craft Ales.

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