Celebrate Fat Tuesday With a Fried Oyster Po’Boy


If you’ve been reading Midtown Lunch since the beginning, you know that I never pass up a chance to talk about how amazing New Orleans is (for example, my senseless, nothing to do with Midtown, live blogging of Jazzfest). And since today is the final day of Mardi Gras, it’s time for my obligatory “this is where you should eat lunch on Fat Tuesday” post. I suppose you could go to Bourbon Street Bar & Grill for the faux N.O. atmosphere and not authentic at all muffuletta, but if food is what you care about there is really only one choice: the under-appreciated, not mentioned nearly enough, take out window of the Grand Central Oyster Bar (just off the under ground food court in the basement of the Grand Central Terminal).

Sure, the restaurant is super expensive, but the take-out window has got a bunch of sandwiches under $10… including a fried oyster po’boy ($8.25) that doesn’t quite transport you to New Orleans, but gets you pretty damn close. (And is certainly the best option in Midtown.)  I had it last year on Fat Tuesday (along with a good buddy of mind originally from Nawlins), and the only other place I’d recommend on a day like today would be the Popeye’s (on 40th btw. 7+8th), which incidentally enough is celebrating its 2 year anniversary today! (Provided you count years from one Fat Tuesday to the next.)  Either way it’s going to be a fat tuesday…


  • Happy Mardi Gras Zach!

  • As Mamacita says to 99.9% of her men:

    It’s tasty, but it’s “smallish”

  • I’m finally going to Jazzfest this year–my cousin’s been pestering me for years and I haven’t been to NOLA since 2000–and am pumped about the food. Any recs for can’t-miss vendors, Zach?

  • get the cochon de lait po’ boy!!!!

  • Seriously scrumptious! If you’re going to fast for Ash Wednesday, this is a good way to prep.

  • FAT FRIDAY — LOL! WTF is that supposed to mean?

    I live FAT EVERYDAY, but I’m working on it you see. Hey, I’m up to 240 pounds at 5’4″ and my best friend chiffonade tells me that’s just a wee bit heavy.

    But WTF does she know anyway?

    Can we get over this holiday that insults the FU*K out of peopel like me?

  • The location at 40th & 8th was shut down due to a tax/rent levy issue. The notice on the door had yesterday’s date.

    Walked down to the 34th street location – that one is long gone.

    First MG in many years without Popeye’s red beans & rice.

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