Maximum Fancy Shmancy: delicious celebration
Hello Folks out there in foodyville,
Let's talk luxury: I am celebrating the end of law school (and the end of the being the oldest student I know) and am looking for a dinner for four to talk about for years. I have a list of current contenders, places I have been and enjoyed immensely:
others I hear or have heard rock the party that rock's the party:
please suggest your pick for the absolute best meal you can think of, price no object...
have a great day!
Bob, your impending celebration brings up good memories for me. When everyone else in NOLA was evac'ing for Hurricane Georges, we were celebrating my better half's passing the bar--first at the Palace Cafe, then at Brigtsen's. I fondly recall watching everyone scurrying around, boarding up windows on Canal St., worried tourists at the next table asking us why we weren't concerned, etc.
Anyway, here's how I'd do it today: lunch one afternoon at Galatoire's, dinner the next day at August or Stella. And then get up the next day and have a big hunk of red meat at Crescent City Steakhouse, for pure nostalgia.
I had my law school graduation lunch at K'Pauls. You don't say who the four people with you are going to be but I picked KP b/c it was something the out-of-towners would have heard of...and boy was it fantastic. They were great in setting up a menu (my lunch was for 21) and helping narrow down liquor choices, etc. Can't recommend them highly enough for any special event. That said...I liked the suggestion of a lunch at Galatoire's followed by a dinner somewhere else. I don't particularly think Brightsen's is great for this type of event though, even though it is delicious I've never sat in a room there that screamed celebration to me. Congrats!
Chef John Folse does private dinners at his Bittersweet Plantation in Donaldsonville. His excellent Lafitte's Landing Restaurant on the Plantation burned down several years ago and he hasn't rebuilt, concentrating instead on writing and artisanal cheese.
For a minimum price, he'll work with you to design a special menu. Hire a car and driver and go for it. It's only about an hour from New Orleans.
You'll have the entire place and the attention of the full staff to yourselves.
While I have never done it, the most glowing reports of memorable meals I have heard come after the chef's table dinner at Commanders.
My top pick would be either Stella. Antoine's would also be a close second, depending if I wanted classic New Orleans dishes. I have been there 4 times in the last two months, and the food and service has been excellent.