Carnival has already been pretty wild this year, and it hasn’t even started in earnest. Down in New Orleans last week, the satirical Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion processions brought plenty of raunchy anti-Trump floats and golden shower gags, as you can see from the photos and video sprinkled below. And not even those could top the Wild West-themed Trump float spotted at an Italian carnivale. But please, folks, let’s not let our jester-in-chief ruin what should be a glorious time of indulgence. Come Fat Tuesday, you should be fully focused on snagging free booze, southern grub, and freebies– that’s right, some local spots are prepared to throw more than just beads at you. Here’s who’s letting the good times roll this year.
As if the opening of Orleans wasn’t exciting enough for the New Orleans starved, one of the city’s finest restaurants, Cochon, is next up in Momofuku’s Late-Night Dinner series, which has been importing some of the nation’s top toques to Momofuku Ssäm Bar for limited, late-night stints.
At Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side, things are starting to look normal again; or, as normal as it gets at Cheeky. After closing its doors just over two weeks ago due to a bad inspection by the DOH, Cheeky reopened them—cautiously—last Monday. Din Yates tells B+B that the basement is also under renovation, and it’ll open as a new, separate restaurant within the next two months, ostensibly to fill the void of his shuttered “breakfast club,” Bread for the Eater, in Greenpoint.
Oliver Vonderahe has always been a little disappointed in the culinary offerings of his neighborhood of a decade. His remedy? Open a stationary food truck in the heart of Bushwick, serving one of his favorite New Orleans staples: po’ boys.
“We’ve never been interested in anything that doesn’t include sex,” says Remy Bennett, granddaughter of crooner Tony Bennett. “I don’t understand who would be.”