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Birthday Dinner place in New Orleans for big group

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jlb9900 Sep 16, 2009 06:47 AM

We are a group of 11 visiting and will be celebrating 2 birthdays on a Saturday in October. I want something nice but not too expensive. I am thinking Luke or the Palace Cafe. We are staying in the CBD. Any suggestions?

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  1. edible complex RE: jlb9900 Sep 16, 2009 07:10 AM

    avoid Palace Cafe, you could do better at Luke, Muriel's, Cochon, RioMar, La Boca, Mr. B's, Rambla, Domenica
    call ahead and speak to sales to arrange and discuss menu options. many places offer 3 course prix-fixe, if budget is of concern. most will appreciate the heads up for a larger group celebrating something special.
    cheers!

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      hazelhurst RE: edible complex Sep 16, 2009 07:40 AM

      I echo avoiding Palace for a large group--I attended a function for about fifty or so ther a few years back and there and it was just a clumsy arrangment...not a good space for it.

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        jlb9900 RE: edible complex Sep 16, 2009 09:00 AM

        Wonderful thanks! Which one of your suggestions is your favorite?

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          edible complex RE: jlb9900 Sep 16, 2009 10:11 AM

          Muriel's has a 3 course that is not that expensive and offers some good options. it is located on Jackson Square. you could start w/drinks in their courtyard or on a balcony; or, if the Seance Room is available, I always start there and have a tarot card reader for cocktail hour before dinners. you could book someone from Bottom of the Cup Tea Room, and it makes for great conversation and gives a local feel to the celebration.

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            jlb9900 RE: edible complex Sep 16, 2009 10:20 AM

            that is exactly what we will do! thank you for your help!

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              edible complex RE: jlb9900 Sep 16, 2009 07:02 PM

              http://www.muriels.com/html/dinner.html

              my recent picks on the Table d'Hote:
              apps: seafood gumbo and shrimp & goat cheese crepes
              entrees: puppy drum and pork chop
              dessert: creme brulee and pain perdu bread pudding

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              hazelhurst RE: edible complex Sep 16, 2009 01:11 PM

              Muriel's is an excellent suggestion--I always forget that one

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                uptownlibrarian RE: hazelhurst Sep 16, 2009 02:08 PM

                I went to a birthday party with about 12 people at Murial's in August, and had a great time - but also forgot about it. Maybe they have a marketing problem.

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                  ScarlettNola RE: uptownlibrarian Sep 16, 2009 02:56 PM

                  HAte to jump on the bandwagon, but Muriel's is a great place for a group.

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            EatingEmily RE: edible complex Sep 21, 2009 08:15 AM

            I second the vote for Domenica- they have a big table (20+ seats) perfect for communal style dining with big groups.

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              jlb9900 RE: EatingEmily Sep 25, 2009 12:01 PM

              I wish they had an online menu! The restauraunt is so new it isn't in any of my guide books...I will call them and see what they can provide. thanks!

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                TaTee RE: jlb9900 Sep 25, 2009 12:31 PM

                My daughter went to Domenica last night and said the service was excruciatingly horrible. Might want to wait a few months more. I'd go with Muriel's.

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                  edible complex RE: jlb9900 Sep 26, 2009 08:14 AM

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651427

                  and there is a link to another Domenica thread in the above where someone typed out the menu.

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