romantic restaurant for 5 year anniversary
My husband and I honeymooned in New Orleans and for our 5 year anniversary I would like to go back. We would only be there one night on our way to Florida. Romantic dinner, best meal of our lives experience. One night only. What will it be?
I live in the Quarter and some girls at work would occasionally ask this question. My answer is: do you want to get laid or have a good meal. Mostly, they would say: Both. Almost impossible. So I'll give you the most romantic place. Amalie's in the 900 block of
Royal at dusk. The place and courtyard have the most New Orleans romantic atmosphere and at dusk the soft lights of both Amalie's and the Cornstalk Fence Hotel come on. Very quiet very romantic. The food is pretty good but not earth shaking.
Giving some thought to your request, I think that the New Orleans Grill at the Windsor Court Hotel would fit the bill, all the way round. Make a reservation for one of the window-side tables, so you can look out on the courtyard, and somewhat beyond. They are on the mezzanine level, so you don't really have that much elevation, but sill a lovely view. Tell the host/hostess that it is your anniversary. The tables are well-separated and the lighting is just about perfect - old guys, like I, can read the menu and wine list, but it's basically subdued. The room is elegant, as is the food. If you enjoy wines, their list is one of the more impressive that I have encountered, and their wine service is quite good. The only drawback is that they are expensive, though I found the experience to be a good value. You only celebrate a 5 year anniversary once - if you a lucky.
I reviewed them a couple of months ago:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570653 half-way down. I think that I gave an indication of our fare, but we did add some pretty pricey wines.
If you dine there, be sure to get the printouts of the murals, and spend a few moments looking at each one.
Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
re: edible complex
Yes, the window table at the Rib Room would work well too. Have not made it to Lilette yet, but it certainly gets good marks from this board. Maybe our trip over in June?
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
Rib Room Rotisserie Extrrdnr
621 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70140
re: Bill Hunt
I would also agree with Lillette for a great combination of food and atmosphere. The courtyard at Amelie at dusk is indeed the most atmospheric venue in NOLA, and the food is very good, but not at "best in NOLA" good. I've had many a romantic meal at Bayona in the FQ, and they have a courtyard as well. Another place you may want to consider is Iris, now in the FQ. We have not been to the new location yet, but the Riverbend version of the restaurant was very nice. And I agree with Bill that the Grill at the WC is amazing (best meal we had anywhere in 2007). That said, Greg Sonnier has left the restaurant, and I cannot recall the new chef, so I can't speak to how it is these days.