REVIEW: Battery Park Becomes Central City With Seafood Boils, Beignets, and King Cake for Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for classic food at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023, stop by the Battery Park pavilion for the taste of Central City.

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Menu for Central City at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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Food:

  • Crawfish & Shrimp Boil – $14.49
  • Crawfish Boil – $12.49
  • Shrimp Boil – $12.49
  • Beignets – $6.99

Beverages:

  • Category 5 Punch – $12 for 12 oz. single serve, $13.50 for 12 oz. souvenir cup, or $16.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup
  • 🆕 Oh Baby – $12 for 20 oz. single serve or 12 oz. souvenir cup, $14.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup
  • Abita Purple Haze – $11.50 for 20 oz. single serve or 12 oz. souvenir cup, $14.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup

Photos of Menu Items for Central City at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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Crawfish & Shrimp Boil – $14.49

mixed bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob

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This looks like a smaller portion than the other two, even though it should be bigger.

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If you want a little bit of both, the combo is a nice option, but the crawfish was the better of the two so we would recommend just the crawfish boil (read more below).

Crawfish Boil – $12.49

mixed bag of crawfish, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob

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This is the winner. The crawfish was delicious and had the perfect amount of moisture.

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We would order this again just for the crawfish.

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The portion size is pretty large, so even if you skipped the corn and potatoes, it would still be worth ordering for the crawfish.

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Shrimp Boil – $12.49

mixed bag of shrimp, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob

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This one isn’t great. It’s difficult to get the shells off the shrimp.

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The shrimp was slightly overcooked but the taste was good. It was dry and you expect moisture from a boil.

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The seasoning was definitely just dumped on afterward instead of cooked with the food, which would have made the flavors seep in. The flavor is on the exterior, so the potatoes have a ton of coating on the outside but are kinda flavorless on the inside.

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The corn was excellent and soft and easy to eat, but half of it was coated in seasoning and half of it wasn’t. So you have bites of extreme flavor or blandness.

Beignets – $6.99

sweet fried pastry dusted with powdered sugar

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If you’re looking for us during Mardi Gras, just follow the trail of powdered sugar because these beignets are on point.

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They are puffy, fluffy, and sweet. Make it a point to grab a bag of beignets.

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Category 5 Punch – $12 for 12 oz. single serve, $13.50 for 12 oz. souvenir cup, or $16.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup

Myers’s Dark rum, Cruzan Aged Dark rum, passionfruit purĂ©e, mixed with grenadine, orange and lime juice

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The drink is returning from last year, but it’s gone down in quality significantly.

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It has a strange, sour aftertaste and is far too heavy on the syrups.

*NEW* Oh Baby – $12 for 20 oz. single serve or 12 oz. souvenir cup, $14.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup

this custom brew is bursting with vanilla and cinnamon flavors on a base of sweet yet roasty malt

Abita Purple Haze – $11.50 for 20 oz. single serve or 12 oz. souvenir cup, $14.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup

a lager brewed with real raspberries, wheat malts, and Wanguard hops

Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval runs from February 4 through April 16.

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