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Surprise Anniversary Dinner

My 10th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks. Unfortunately, my wife will be in New Orleans at a convention that entire week and she's really bummed about missing our anniversary. So I've decided to fly down and surprise her that day. And I've worked it out with her boss so that she will be free to have dinner with me that night.

I've got all the other bases covered: flowers, card, and a fabulous gift. Now all I need is a dinner plan. We've been to New Orleans many times, but this is our first time there since the storm. We love "high" find dining and money is no object. So, since we only get one meal, I only have 1 chance to make this the perfect 10th anniversary dinner. Where do you recommend?

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  1. I am replying as a woman, not as a New Orleans expert. I would want to go somewhere I'd never been. Are there any of the upscale places you've missed on your previous visits?

    1. Try Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles Ave. in the Garden District. It is a very small upscale restaurant that would be perfect for an anniversary.

      You can also try local food critic Tom Fitzmorris' website www.nomenu.com for any suggestions.

      I think all of the high end restaurants are now open.

      Have a great anniversary, and enjoy your trip to new orleans

      1. Restaurant August. The wine selection is superb (earthy cab, name eludes me), the appetizers spot on (foie gras three ways) and my entree was fantastic (venison three ways). Or, you could do the wine pairing with the menu prepared by Besh for $150 a piece. Or, Brigsten's. Of course, there's always Stella. Wow. OK, just bounce around the board and you'll see that all of these are reviewed. You really can't go wrong with the top ten restaurants down here.

        1. Bayona! Chef Susan Spicer's restaurant in the FQ. Congratulations & enjoy! http://www.bayona.com/flash_content/b...

          1. Bayona would be nice, August is great food, but maybe not quite so romantic. I think I'd want to go to Stella! or Cuvee. Or Commander's.

            1. Bayona or Stella. Bayona is a beautiful beautiful restaurant, great food and wine list. I love Stella. My favorite restaurant, not just in NO, but anywhere that I have been. Perfect service, delicious combinations of flavors and textures, great tasting menu and a stellar wine list.

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              1. re: mikek

                Restaurant August and top off the night with a stay at the Windsor Court.

              2. Herbsaint at 701 St. Charles Ave. inventive food and nice service.

                The New Orleans Grill in the Windor Court Hotel... amazing food...attentive service... extensive wine list...can be a romantic atmosphere if you sit in the right spot. The staff will make it special for you.

                1. I would certainly go for Stella!. It is an amazing place...dining heaven. Try calling Royal Carriages and confirm if you can book a private carriage to take you to Feelings Cafe for a cocktail prior to dinner. Feelings has a beautiful and romantic patio (probably only good if it is warm out).

                  If money is no object, you could take the carriage ride there prior (perhaps a little champagne during the ride), have them wait during your cocktail and afterwards, take you to dinner

                  1. You are a good man. Wherever you go I'm sure you'll have a wonderful anniversary. Everyone has great suggestions. If it were me, I'd go to Stella. I've never been but it's at the top of my list of places I want to try. I can't remember reading any negative reviews here or on any other board.

                    1. Stella, Bayona, Brightsen's, Galatoire's, Cuvee' are all great options. However, if you go to Commander's and tell them it's a special occasion, they won't disappoint. I probably wouldn't choose Delmonico or Herbsaint. Not that they're bad - I just went to Herbsaint last week - I just think there are better choices for what you want to do.

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                      1. re: N.O.Food

                        I agree about Herbsaint--love the place, but it's not so romantic, is it? I suggest August, or Bayona.

                      2. I would want my husband to pick good food and a beautiful (or even sexy) dining room. August and Delmonico seem a bit masculine to me (but that's just my personal taste) the prettiest would be Bayona's courtyard or even Broussards dining room. I also love when we do cocktails at a swanky lounge and then a fancy dinner at a 2nd location - it makes me feel like he really put some thought into the evening.