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Jan 6, 2008 06:48 AM

NY foodie here for first time in 20 years

I'm so excited! I'm arriving this week. I'm going to Commander's Palace, Acme Oyster House and Matt and Neddie's. I have one more night--where else should I go?? Thanks so much.

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  1. Substitute Casamento's for Acme, skip Mat & Naddies for Brigtsen's or Iris (same general neighborhood), and try Cochon for the remaining night. Just my $0.02...

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I agree. As for Commander's, put yourselves in the hands of their very capable waitstaff, rather than trying to navigate the menu yourselves.

      1. re: Blumie

        What's to navigate? Putting yourself in the hands of a waiter for dining suggestions subjects you to their personal tastes. I thought this would be a good/easy decision one evening, took the server 's rec. for both app. and entree and regretted both.

        1. re: JazzyB

          As a general matter, I never go to a restaurant for the first time without quizzing the waiter about his or her personal preferences. Of course it's subject to their personal tastes, and I don't blindly follow their advice, but I definitely want to hear what they have to say (and how they say it). The worst answer they can give me: "Oh, everything's good!" I'm sure everything is good, but I'm also sure that they like some things better than others, and some things are more popular with customers than others. (Why is that any different from asking for advice on chowhound?)

          As for Commander's in particular, the waitstaff there is excellent and can definitely help you make your dining experience more enjoyable by educating a first-time diner about the menu and about what items are particularly exceptional.

          There's no guarantee that the waiter is going to steer you in the right direction, but I like the odds better than going in blind.

          1. re: Blumie

            I believe chow posters to be honest about their dining experiences. It is not unheard of for restaurants to instruct servers to "push" certain menu items ( not with the best intentions of the diner in mind). Perhaps I put too much stock in "Kitchen Confidential".

    2. I'm not a fan of either Casamento's or Acme (although I prefer Acme), but agree on Brigtsen's and Cochon (more casual, but their small plates are a great way to try a variety of local foods). I also recommend Bayona and Stella (they're currently doing the most innovative food in New Orleans).

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      1. re: diningismyhobby

        You prefer Acme to Casamento's?!? Where do you go for oysters if you're not a fan of Casamento's?

        1. re: JGrey

          Personally, I love the food at Brigsten's and found the atmosphere to be nice.

          But my friend absolutely hated Brigsten's. And he hated the prices for food and atmosphere he deemed terrible.

          1. re: kevin

            Not to be rude, but I would take any future food/restaurant recommendations from your friend with a very large chunk of salt. I do not think your friend fully understands what New Orleans dining and the New Orleans dining experience is all about if he did not appreciate the food and surroundings of Brigtsens. Very few cities in the country can you eat such delicious food in a cottage with such lovely service. It is more akin to being fed in someone's dining room than a restaurant.

            1. re: mikek

              Exactly, that's what I think.

              the best duck dish i have ever ever ever ever had was at Brigsten's. Granted we were a little jet-lagged from a red eye flight, but still I could still tell that roasted duck with julienne veggies, mashed potatoes, and tart dried cherry sauce was the stuff of dreams.

              My friend always reminds me it was $80 to $100 per person for terrible food and atmosphere. He likes to mention the fact that it's a taxi ride away and lumps that onto the actual cost.

              Just a little in his defense, he was grouchy to begin with and ordered two appetizers for dinner instead of an entree. All I had was the duck entree and then strawberry shortcake for dessert and a Sazerac.

              now that i think about he didn't like any of the other restaurants or food we had, didn't like kpaul's coconut cake (though it was way too sweet for being such a well-praised dessert, i thought it was too sweet but i'd definielty give it another chance next time in town). Nor did he like Cochon but nor did I. I thought Cochon was good not great. I loved the food at Jazz Fest. He really did like Fiorella's for the fried chicken and abita ambers. And he loved Cafe du Monde, both atmosphere and the tasted of the beingents and cafe au lait.