8 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Right Here on Long Island

bloody mary with mardi gras beads

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Hey now! Tuesday, March 4 is Mardi Gras. While Long Island lacks some of the zaniness of the Big Easy, there are beaucoup places to head to if you are fixin’ to let the good times roll. There will be beads and doubloons aplenty, but you had better make reservations because these joints will be jumpin’.  Awrite, den.

Storyville (Huntington), whose name is inspired by the historic red-light district in New Orleans, is observing Fat Tuesday in true Nola-style with a 3 course prix-fixe menu that has a little sumpin’ for everyone. It’s not a party without music…count on Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns to keep Storyville hoppin’ till the wee hours.

Mara’s Homemade (Syosset) and Mara’s Too (Wantagh), hailing from the south, Mara Levi serves up classic Cajun cuisine year ‘round. Mardi Gras specials include Chicken and Dumplings, Crawfish Mara, homemade King Cake, Abita craft beer on tap and live music.

cray fish etouffe

American Cheese (Sayville) is serving authentic southern food from their small plates menu including Jambalaya, Mini Muffuletta, Cajun Crawfish Bisque along with craft beer from Abita Brewing Company in Louisiana.

The Bayou (Bellmore) is partying in true Crescent City form with a “3 course Amazin’ Cajun prix fixe dinner” (3 seatings), live music featuring The Buzzards and face painting, too.

Big Daddy’s (Massapequa) is serving a classic New Orlean’s style buffet and live music featuring The King Cobras. They recommend wearing costumes…

Grasso’s (Cold Spring Harbor) Fat Tuesday celebration is a bit less raucous, but still plenty of fun with live jazz music and savory dinner specials.

Jewel (Melville) lets the good times roll with specials including Seafood Okra Gumbo, Blackened Catfish, New Orleans Bread Pudding and live music featuring Naw’lins Funk Band.