5 NYC Spots to Party on Mardi Gras

5 NYC Spots to Party on Mardi Gras

Treadwell Park will be hosting a ball. Don't forget to wear some beads... (Courtesy Treadwell Park)

Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), which marks the last day of celebration before Ash Wednesday/the start of Lent (a time of fasting for Christians leading up to Easter Sunday). While not a national holiday in the U.S., Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, most notably in New Orleans with its huge parade and parties. On Mardi Gras in NYC, there is no parade, but there are pockets of revelry around the city. Here are five spots where you can take part in some Mardi Gras fun:

Treadwell Park (Upper East Side): What’s more fun than a ball? Drag queen Ariel Italic is hosting a Mardi Gras Ball featuring New Orleans cuisine (muffaletta sandwiches, beignets and a Fire Breathing Jambalaya made with Carolina Reaper peppers—the hottest pepper in the world), a Sazerac station, Abita beers, Mara’s homemade king cake, music from The Triad Brass Band and more. Dress to impress, as there is a prize for Best Ensemble. The party goes from 6-10 pm.  

SideBAR (Union Square): Did you know that the Hurricane—a fruity drink made with rum, juice and grenadine—is one of New Orleans’ most popular cocktails? For just $6, you can get a Hurricane with every purchase at SideBAR on Mardi Gras. 

Atwood Kitchen & Bar (Midtown East): Reserve your spot at Atwood’s third annual Mardi Gras Crab Boil. For $55, two people can enjoy a feast of snow crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes boiled in spicy broth and served with melted butter, as well as one Abita beer per person. There will be live jazz and free giveaways, as well as Hurricanes available for purchase. You can also get tickets to the Mardi Gras Party. For $10, the ticket gets you access to the upstairs at Atwood, an Atwood Yard Cup filled with Abita beer and access to the live music and free giveaways. Sign up for either package here.

Eataly Downtown (Westfield World Trade Center in the Financial District): Get to Eataly for the finale day of its pop-up Carnevale Bar! Indulge in traditional Italian fritters—sweet treats made with fried dough and filled with jam or chestnuts. There will also be a Martedì Grasso celebration of Carnevale where, for just $75 per person, you can party from 6-9 pm with unlimited food and drinks (yep—including beer, wine and cocktails), as well as fun masks and entertainment. For more information about Carnevale, click here.

The Bell House (Gowanus, Brooklyn): Celebrate the day at The Bell House’s Mardi Gras Bash. Doors open at 8 pm and the show kicks off at 9. There will be music from Hungry March Band (an award-winning brass ensemble/performance group from NYC), jazz musician Gordon Webster and soul DJ Jonathan Toubin. The event is hosted by MS Tanya Solomon and is for those 21-years-old and over. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased here.

The scene at last year's Mardi Gras Bash at The Bell House. (©Dan Wiley)

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