new years eve
most of the restaurants will have pre-set menus that are $100 pp or more, plus plus. for your best viewing of the fireworks on the riverfront, you might consider having dinner at the Westin Canal Place and watch from there. another option would be the Rib Room, and ask if they are allowing firework's viewing from their rooftop pool deck.
be sure you book well in advance. most of the places will advertise their New Year's Eve menus sometime after Thanksgiving.
I remember watching the fireworks from the Westin after Katrina and seeing all the neighborhoods still in darkness, except for their fireworks displaying their will of returning home.
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