The Big Easy meets the Big Apple at these New Orleans-style spots around town that will be handing out beads like water during Mardi Gras on Tuesday.
The Delta Grill
The French Quarter comes to Hell’s Kitchen with chef Bobby Bouyer, a Louisiana native, at the helm. Bouyer serves traditional fare — gumbo, alligator, po’boys — at this restaurant, where posters of blues legends, an alligator mural and a statue of Louis Armstrong give the place a Big Easy roadhouse feel.
Mardi Gras plans: Patrons can enjoy a $20 buffet-and-drink deal — which includes a Hurricane, crawfish and jambalaya — while rocking out to music from the bluegrass-rock band Citigrass.
700 Ninth Ave., 212-956-0934
Cooking With Jazz
New York-born chef Steve Van Gelder brings six years of Big Easy experience to his recently reopened Queens restaurant, which features Cajun and Creole cuisine. Stuffed eggplant, chicken jambalaya and etouffee are a few of the Louisiana favorites on the menu.
Mardi Gras plans: Normally closed on Tuesday, Cooking With Jazz is throwing a Fat Tuesday fete, complete with music and food.
179-22 Union Turnpike, Jamaica Estates, 718-380-0896
Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
Bourbon Street celebrates Fat Tuesday every Tuesday of the year, and Mardi Gras is expected to be especially festive. Plus, the French Quarters, a New Orleans-inspired hotel, is located above Bourbon Street if you get partied out from all those Hurricanes.
Mardi Gras plans: Specials include a Cajun buffet, $5 Hurricanes and strawberry daquiris and two-for-one Abita and Magic Hat brews.
346 W. 46th St., 212-245-2030
Owner Mara Levi puts her own spin on New Orleans cuisine at this eatery. “The most popular dishes served in Louisiana, we try to serve with my personal touch, so whatever is traditional there we have here,” Levi said.
Mardi Gras plans: A special menu is being served which includes catfish New Orleans ($22), seafood gumbo ($9) and crawfish cheesecake ($13).
342 E. Sixth St.,212-598-1110
The original d.b.a. is in New Orleans, but it has expanded to Manhattan and Brooklyn, bringing its whiskeys, tequilas and beers. d.b.a. Williamsburg also holds a Nola-style barbecue every Sunday.
Mardi Gras plans: Both locations are offering specials that include Hurricanes ($6) and king cakes. Dressing up is encouraged.
41 First Ave., 212-475-5097; and 113 N. 7th St., Williamsburg, 718-218-6006