Good, not pricey place for a group of 7?
A group of 7 of us will be dining out Friday night. We're young, so an affordable place that also has nice atmosphere would be great. Any suggestions?
Also, it will be the first time in New Orleans for two of them, so we'd like to go someplace good and local.
When I was at Tulane, the standard group spot for local fare was Jacques-Imos. The food is good, casual place and you can get pretty drunk for about 40-50 a person (max). It is a lot of fun, very local, good food and great prices. When waiting, you can go to the Maple Leaf Bar next door and they will come find you. If you go on the right night, there may be a good show at the Leaf to go to after dinner.
Cochon may be a good place as well, perhaps Brigtsens.
What is your price range?
If you are willing to sacrifice on the "nice atmosphere," go to Coop's. It's the antithesis of a nice atmosphere -- it's actually a dive bar -- but it's fun, cheap and pure New Orleans, and the food is great.
Here are a few ideas:
Dante's Kitchen, I think, would be ideal.
If you don't mind driving out to mid-city, there's Lola's (and you can bring your own wine which helps hold down costs).
Crepe Nanou isn't too pricey. Neither is Rio Mar for that matter.
Pascal Manale isn't all that cheap but is good for a group.
Le Petit Grocery has a great happy hour that could help cut down on your bar bill.
Luke is also a possibility.
Other, divey-er places you could consider: the aforementioned and much loved Coop's, College Inn, Casamento's, Parkway or even the Delachaise which is mainly a bar but has some good food too.