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Got a date, need a restaurant in New Orleans

joele Jun 24, 2008 11:13 AM

So I'm taking this beautiful girl out for dinner for the first time in New Orleans. I'm looking for a romantic place that is upscale but not overly formal. Any type of food would be fine. Does anyone have any suggestions? Preferably a place uptown?



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    Hungry Celeste Jun 24, 2008 11:45 AM

    Martinique on Magazine St
    Crepe Nanou on Robert

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      Shiloh Jun 24, 2008 11:54 AM

      clancy's (upstairs is probably more romantic than down)
      crepe nanou

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        cor Jun 24, 2008 12:01 PM

        Le Crepe Nanou would be good - but they don't take reservations.

        1. edible complex Jun 24, 2008 12:42 PM

          second Martinique.

          or call Sara's in the Riverbend and ask for the table in the "living room". it is a private room where you sit on pillows and eat at a low height table. their food is heavenly, and wine prices are most reasonable.

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            JazzyB Jun 24, 2008 12:44 PM

            ONE on Hampson.

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              noladude Jun 24, 2008 01:07 PM

              Brigsten's in the Riverbend....
              Chateau Du Lac on Metairie Road
              Lilette on Magazine

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                Hungry Celeste Jun 24, 2008 01:56 PM

                The lighting is nice, but when the place is full, you can barely hear yourself think, much less have a nice conversation.

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                  edible complex Jun 24, 2008 03:17 PM


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                    Hungry Celeste Jun 25, 2008 09:38 AM

                    Um, at One on Hampson, referenced in the post to which I replied.

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                cor Jun 24, 2008 02:06 PM

                Dante's Kitchen would also be a nice choice.

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                  mcegielski Jun 24, 2008 03:53 PM

                  irene's all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                    swampsue Jun 26, 2008 04:11 PM

                    Second Irene's...love love Crepe Nanou, but I consider it more a friend/double date place. Noise level can be at Paris bistro levels and there is often a wait. Irene's, in my book, is a perfect place to wow on a first date.

                  2. N.O.Food Jun 24, 2008 04:26 PM

                    Lilette is another option. Nanou is a good choice though, can't argue with that. Coq au vin crepe is awesome as is the crab crepe. Get the large mussel plate to start.

                    1. Bill Hunt Jun 24, 2008 07:40 PM

                      Not exactly Uptown, but near - there is no more romantic spot, than table #8 at Commander's Palace.

                      It's been a long time, since I "dated," but after 37 years of marriage, the "romance" has not gone out of our dining experiences.

                      The food has always been very good to excellent, and the service upstairs is top-notch. You will be in your own little area, in the turret and slightly raised above the other diners, plus that table is only open to the rest of the upper level by about 12', almost totally secluded - don't get too many amorous ideas, though, as the other diniers CAN see you, if they look.

                      Call ahead and request this particular table. Heck, tell them that it is HER birthday, or something.


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                        Chartresboy Jun 25, 2008 10:15 AM

                        Crepe Nanou...outside or inside...

                        Lolas is good too...take your own wine...

                        Cafe Degas

                        Orleans Grapevine in the Quarter

                        Jamillas Uptown is great and the service is outstanding...

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                          edible complex Jun 25, 2008 11:05 AM

                          Jamila's food is great. but ask if they have the belly dancers on the night of the date. some people may not find that romantic...know before you go.

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                            JazzyB Jun 25, 2008 11:56 AM

                            Probably the worst meal I've had was at Jamillas. Bland, dry and yeah, belly dancers shaking for tips. I would have paid her to leave.

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                            mikemill Jun 25, 2008 12:29 PM

                            Crepe Nanou!

                            Went on my first date, still with her 2 years later...

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                            JazzyB Jun 25, 2008 11:51 AM

                            Mat and Naddie's

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                              Chartresboy Jun 25, 2008 12:40 PM

                              Mat and Naddie's is a good shout...

                              Jazzy_ surprised you had a bad meal at jamillas...I agree the belly dancers can be a bit much...maybe if you get a second date!?

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                                JazzyB Jun 25, 2008 01:08 PM

                                To be fair, middle eastern is not my fav. BTW, went with my husband.

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                                  edible complex Jun 25, 2008 01:47 PM

                                  Jamila's has great cream of spinach, zucchini and crawfish bisque. They also do nice lamb chops and a very tasty lamb tagine.

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                                    JazzyB Jun 25, 2008 02:02 PM

                                    I appreciate your suggestions but my lamb preference is domestic rack, med.rare. If it's gamey or well done, I pass..

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                                      Hungry Celeste Jun 26, 2008 11:51 AM

                                      Excellent merguez, too...

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