This isn't New Orleans! Nevertheless, on "Fat Tuesday," which is rapidly approaching on March 8, you can score some beads, as well such southern delicacies as fried gator, crawfish boil and jambalaya, while drinking frozen hurricanes and listening to live bluegrass music.
Two good ole' southern-style bars planning Mardi Gras celebrations:
At The Delta Grill, located on the corner of 48th and 9th, for $20 admission you get a free hurricane, a buffet of crawfish boil, jambalaya, chicken creole and red beans and rice. Doors open at 5pm, food is available starting at 6pm and Citigrass Band will be entertaining revelers from 7pm to midnight.
Rodeo Bar, a personal favorite of mine, located on the corner of 27th and 3rd, never charges a cover, makes strong drinks and allows you to throw peanut shells on the saloon-style floor. Rodeo has live, danceable country, rockabilly and bluegrass music every night and never charges a cover. For Fat Tuesday, they will be having drink and food specials on hurricanes, jambalaya and fried gator (it tastes like chicken, really, it does!...), and Bill Sims, Jr. will start playing at 9pm. In theory, you could start out at Delta Grill, catch the Shuttle or the 7 from Times Square to Grand Central, and then grab the 6 train down to 28th and Park, to continue your night at Rodeo Bar.
A google search for "fat tuesday nyc" also led me to the following parties:
Village Pourhouse's Fat Tuesday, at 7pm. No cover, no food specials (although they do have a regular menu). Drink specials and "dress to impress." I often find Village Pourhouse to be overrated and crowded. I'm still rooting for Delta or Rodeo.
"The Biggest Fat Tuesday Party in New York City," according to their own website, is at Southern Hospitality BBQ. I've never been here so I can't comment, but I'm skeptical, especially of their "cash prizes for best Mardi Gras spirit..."
Annual Mardi Gras Ball at Le Poisson Rouge, sponsored by Two Boots Pizzeria, (which makes very tasty pizza for a chain, especially the "Cleopatra Jones" slice) at 7pm. $25 cover, or $100 for VIP dinner and open bar, benefits The Lower East Side Girls Club, and you can get a discount with promotional code "TWOBOOTS11". Poisson Rouge is your typical NYC club, it's loud and colorful, and drinks are expensive, but, for what it is, it's a good time. For this particular party there will be a costume contest, ping-pong, a coronation of a lucky "King and Queen," and a give away trip to New Orleans.
If you're really looking to drop some dough on Fat Tuesday, for $125 per person, BR Guest seafood restaurant Blue Water Grill (a favorite of mine for very occasional fancy food nights) will be serving a New Orleans three course prix-fixe menu, to include items such as Oysters Bienville (I'm not really sure what that is, but BWG oysters never disappoint...) and Lobster Jambalaya. Accompanying music in the Grill's jazz dining room provided by All Saint's Brass Band. $15 from every ticket purchase will be donated to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund.
Yet a few more suggestions: http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/mardigrasnewyork.htm