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New Orleans Restaurant to Hide and Not be Seen

aerdna Feb 22, 2010 05:37 AM

I would appreciate any suggestions for a quiet, dark restaurant to hide and not been seen.

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    CharlieH RE: aerdna Feb 22, 2010 06:25 AM

    Doesn't Crescent City Steak House have booths with curtains?

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      hazelhurst RE: CharlieH Feb 22, 2010 06:28 AM

      That was my first though---then there is Port of Call. And Antoine's has the little room behind the Rex Room. Of course, there is also "hiding in plain view".

      Come to think of it, the bar at Clancy's might fit the bill. And Charlie's Steak House..that is fairly anonymous

    2. nola79 RE: aerdna Feb 22, 2010 06:28 AM

      Bombay Club maybe... they have secluded looking booths and nice cocktails.

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        Suzy Wong RE: nola79 Feb 22, 2010 06:30 AM

        re Crescent City Steakhouse, Yes they have booths with curtains.

        The poster could wear a disguise and dine anywhere to widen their options....

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          hazelhurst RE: nola79 Feb 22, 2010 06:36 AM

          Good idea...I overlook BC too often.

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          kibbles RE: aerdna Feb 22, 2010 07:38 AM

          yes BC can actually conceal you in their booths. Cuvee is nice and dark.

          1. edible complex RE: aerdna Feb 22, 2010 05:56 PM

            if you're a member of the HOB's Foundation Room, then you could eat in a booth behind a curtain.
            there is also the Living Room at Sara's in the Riverbend.
            Commander's has some private rooms, as does Galatoire's.
            I've set up private dining at Muriel's.
            and call M Bistro at the Ritz.

            and for dark, go to Eleven79.

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              hazelhurst RE: edible complex Feb 23, 2010 04:28 AM

              But Galatoire's is emptatically not quiet or dark, even the private rooms. I think you do better, as suggested above, hiding in public there. There are a few tables no one ever notices

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                Suzy Wong RE: hazelhurst Feb 23, 2010 06:48 AM

                There is the private "wine bottle room" at Tony Angello's ....

                You'll have to let us know what you decide. Date, time, etc HAAA Just kidding...

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                  edible complex RE: Suzy Wong Feb 23, 2010 07:56 PM

                  it still has the naked light bulb hanging for dear life over the table.

            2. nikinik RE: aerdna Feb 23, 2010 07:52 AM

              Ruth's Chris in the Harrah's hotel also has booths with curtains.

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                hazelhurst RE: nikinik Feb 23, 2010 08:03 AM

                Really? I didinlt know that. The Original of the Original Ruth Chris had booths with curtains--we used to go there after the races.

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                Littleman RE: aerdna May 25, 2010 09:42 AM

                What about Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas. Drew Brees hung out a while after one of the SB parades in NOLA but they spotted him.

                Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

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                  Littleman RE: aerdna Jun 5, 2010 05:34 PM

                  The Chart Room............

                  Chart Room‎
                  300 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA
                  (504) 522-1708

                  Chart Room
                  300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    kibbles RE: Littleman Jun 7, 2010 10:29 AM

                    do they serve food at the Chart Room?

                    Chart Room
                    300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    Lainey1978 RE: aerdna Jun 14, 2010 08:28 PM

                    Doesn't anyone besides me want to know why the OP wants to hide and not be seen?

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                      Bill Hunt RE: Lainey1978 Jun 18, 2010 08:48 PM

                      Well, we are often in a similar circumstance. Because my wife has a large family still in NOLA, we often want to get in a few days early and just dine, the two of us, without all the family involvement. We also do not want to be seen, and have to explain why we arrived two days before anyone knew that we were supposed to be there.

                      For those instances, we'll likely do a place like the Windsor Court, and choose a discrete table, or even Galatoire's and one of those tables, that Hazelhurst typifies as "one that no one ever notices."

                      Unfortunately, we have been spotted, but by old friends and business associates, but never by family, so our secret is still good.

                      We've even been known to return the rental car, and load our baggage to the curb at MSY, as though we just arrived, when family picks us up. So far, security has not busted us.


                      Galatoire's Restaurant
                      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                        cajungirl RE: Bill Hunt Jun 22, 2010 07:01 AM

                        Bill, I can appreciate what you're up against. As my husband and I both have relatives in N.O., we could not "go to town" without at least calling all of them. In our early days of marriage, we sneaked into town one time, trying to keep a low profile. Don't you know, one of my cousins was working in the Desire Oyster Bar and spotted us walking down the street. He promised to keep our secret if we joined him for a drink. We live a little too close to make the airport scenario work for us, but it's a great idea.

                        Desire Oyster Bar
                        300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                          Bill Hunt RE: cajungirl Jun 24, 2010 08:46 PM

                          We have some great friends, with family in Phoenix. They have flown in, a day early, and then we have taken them back to the airport, where they were picked up by family members. Sad that it comes to subterfuge like this, but it happens.

                          Still, it happens,


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                            txgirl RE: Bill Hunt Jul 26, 2010 04:47 PM

                            I appreciate where you two are coming from Bill and CajunGirl....

                            My husband and I have the same "relatives to be avoided" dilemna....only we LIVE here. lol

                            We sometimes try to throw them off by saying we are going to a decoy restaurant and keeping our actual dining destination under wraps. It works most of the time, although there have been some awkward moments for sure.

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                              Bill Hunt RE: txgirl Jul 30, 2010 09:37 PM

                              I understand. A few times, we've been dropped off by the town car at MSY, only to be seen by the family, who arrived early to pick us up! Most keep the secret, but a few take offense. We have now taken to picking out a flight arrival time, and then getting the car back to the airport maybe a full hour before. Gotta' play the games.


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                          kukubura RE: Bill Hunt Jun 25, 2010 03:09 AM

                          'We've even been known to return the rental car, and load our baggage to the curb at MSY, as though we just arrived, when family picks us up. So far, security has not busted us.'

                          hahaha thanks for the great image and hearty chuckle at 6am!

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                            txgirl RE: kukubura Jul 26, 2010 04:47 PM

                            That is hilarious. Love it!

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                        Littleman RE: aerdna Jul 22, 2010 12:59 PM

                        Chart Room..............

                        One of the only bars on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Dark and mysterious, this sometimes-seedy place is the perfect place to be left alone and escape the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street. This place is popular with the local FQ crowd.

                        Chart Room
                        300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                          MPasta RE: aerdna Aug 1, 2010 03:21 PM

                          The private curtained booths at the Bombay Club.

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