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Mardi Gras

70-20 Austin St., Queens, NY 11375 40.72065 -73.846224
nr. 70th Rd.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-261-8555 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Cajun/Creole, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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    7 out of 10

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Official Website

mardigrasnyc.com

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Forest Hills-71st Ave.

Prices

$15-$25

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

With its abundance of chain stores and franchise restaurants, Forest Hills' Austin Street has the feel of an open-air shopping mall. You'd be forgiven, then, for assuming that Mardi Gras is the T.G.I. McBigEasy's of Cajun cuisine—and you'd also be about half-right. Just because this faux-Louisiana eatery—decorated with statues of street jazz musicians—has all the authenticity of a bagel joint on Bourbon Street, doesn't mean they don't get some things right. One of them is the roomy bar area, which holds several tables that make for a far less claustrophobic dining experience than the crimson-walled, dimly lit dining room upstairs. The food is more thoughtfully prepared than it needs to be: The chicken and shrimp in the gumbo starter are appropriately firm even if the roué is bland (nothing a few dashes of Tabasco won't improve), while the Louisiana-style barbecue ribs are tender enough to masquerade as pulled pork. But the real surprise is the catfish. Plump and nicely seasoned, this dish easily overcomes its trash-fish reputation; its accompanying hush puppies are also satisfying, and eschew the greasy heaviness of the jalapeño-cheese mashed potatoes that come with, and stick to, the ribs.

Note

On Fridays and Saturdays reservations are accepted only for parties of 5 or more and only for dining times before 7 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Catfish platter, $17.95

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