Oh, look. It’s Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day this week. Had y’all heard about either of those yet? We’ve already laid down the lineup for where to eat on V-Day, but there are a few other things going on February 14 if you’re in a less amorous mood but still looking to slake your appetite.
Plus we’ve thrown in a few less traditional Mardi Gras venues and a dinner with the Wolfgang Puck. Rejoice, single people. You’ve got so much more flexibility than those lame couples.
Tuesday, February 12
Mardi Gras Dishcrawl
Dishcrawl is back for its second go-around after January’s debut. There are literally two tickets left for this Arts District Mardi Gras crawl. It begins at 7 pm and goes through four (secret) restaurants. Cost: $45 per person.
Mardi Gras at Shinsei
Gumbo only goes so far, so celebrate your Fat Tuesday with $5 tsunamis and crawfish rolls from 5 pm to close. No word on the bead situation, so you should probably bring your own.
Wednesday, February 13
Chinese New Year at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
The Chinese New Year was February 10, but if you missed it, catch up at Five Sixty with a six-course tasting menu with lapsan souchong tea smoked snakehead, wok-fired Maine lobster and crispy whole quail. Chef Puck stops by to lead the festivities. Reservations can be made between 5:30 and 10 pm, and the meal is $135 per person plus $50 for optional wine pairings.
Thursday, February 14
Anti-Valentine’s Day at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill
Enjoy a communal misery at Frankie’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Bring in a letter, email or photo from your ex and feed it to the shredder for a free drink worth up to $6.50. If you sport black, you can enjoy happy hour pricing all night for $4 specialty cocktails.
“Screw Valentine’s Day Night” at Mockingbird Taproom
The Taproom is also getting in on the action with its “Screw Valentine’s Day Night” with $1 Pony Pints and $1 Bubbles all night. That’s a good deal, we believe. Plus, they got new chairs, which, yeah, about time.
Belly & Trumpet Opening
The spot formerly occupied by The Bowery on McKinney Avenue is now Belly & Trumpet. The focus here is social, with shared plates galore, and it opens for business on Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed and low-key than Champagne and undying love, B&T is your “Oh, it’s just February 14, no big deal” date spot.