Mardi Gras In & Around Brooklyn by Sandra Manley

Mardi Gras (french for “Fat Tuesday”) is a Carnival celebration that begins sometime after the Christmas season and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday in a feast of rich, fatty foods. While many cities around the world hold Mardi Gras events, New Orleans is home to the most famous of these odes to decadence here in the United States. Of course, for those who won’t be traveling, there are plenty of places right here in Brooklyn to indulge in “N’awlins” style food. Here are just a few to get the started….

The Gumbo Bros, 224 Atlantic Ave – This Cobble Hill favorite specializes in Gumbo and Po’ Boys, and homemade Beignets that are perfect for Fat Tuesday.

Cafe BooQoo, 478 Smith St – Authentic New Orleans style Po’ Boys, Shrimp & Grits, and Beignets come to Carroll Gardens.

BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe, 182 South 2nd St – This Williamsburg eatery features comfort food and biscuits with dozens of toppings, including a gooey dessert biscuit.

Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt St – This Red Hook spot describes its cuisine as seasonal American, but the menu includes a classic Muffuletta and home-style Creole red beans.

And after you’ve stuffed yourself, there will be plenty of Mardi Gras music to keep the party going. Start with these….

“Funky Fat Tuesday” – The sixth annual Mardi Gras celebration at B. B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42nd St, NYC, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th, 8 PM.

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers – Ruffins, who was influenced by Louis Armstrong, is booked during the week of February 9th at the Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St, NYC.

Check for more events here! Enjoy the celebration!

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