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First night in New Orleans—seeking atmosphere, great food and drinks, out of doors preferably…

Hi all…my first post. We are a group of food nuts about to land in New Oreans—not for the first time, but our first time together. On our first night (Thursday, Oct. 1) we are hoping the weather will be good enough to eat out doors, and we're looking for a place with excellent food, not necessarily fancy, but a pretty location—something that embodies a romantic vision of N.O. We will proceed to more high- and low-end options over the next few days and much of that is figured out, but we want a great recommendation for a place where we can immediately get in the mood and have great cocktails and food…hopefully outside, and hopefully not super super expensive. (Sort of expensive is fine.) Thanks in advance for your kind advice!

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  1. Bayona and its courtyard is exactly what you are looking for...food is fabulous, the atmosphere is adult but not overly stuffy, and the courtyard is to die for...romantic, elegant, and pure New Orleans.

    http://www.bayona.com/

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    1. re: FoodChic

      These all sound great and I'm calling Bayona for a res.

      1. re: ianrjohnson

        You'll love it. Report back and let us about your trip.

    2. check out Martinique Bistro
      http://www.martiniquebistro.com/
      start w/the jumbo lump crab cobb salad! it's all good.

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      1. re: edible complex

        cafe amalie on royal, Old New Orleans cookery if they are still open has a great courtyard to dine in a pretty casual place.

      2. +1 on Cafe Amelie (most beautiful couryard in Nola (IMHO)
        +1 Martinique Bistro

        Also suggest Feelings Cafe

        Have heard mixed reviews of late on Bayona.

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        1. re: nikinik

          feelings is a great choice your right niknik

        2. +1 Cafe Amelie. not world-class food but a gorgeous courtyard.

          1. 1. Bayona
            2. Cafe Amelie