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New Orleans Restaurant to Hide and Not be Seen

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

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

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    1. re: CharlieH

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

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      1. re: nola79

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

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

        1. re: nola79

          Good idea...I overlook BC too often.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: edible complex

              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

              1. re: hazelhurst

                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...

                1. re: Suzy Wong

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

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

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              1. re: nikinik

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

              2. 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.

                1. 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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                  1. re: Littleman

                    do they serve food at the Chart Room?

                    Chart Room
                    300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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                    1. re: Lainey1978

                      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

                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        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

                        1. re: cajungirl

                          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,


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            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.

                            1. re: txgirl

                              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.


                        2. re: Bill Hunt

                          '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!

                      2. 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

                        1. The private curtained booths at the Bombay Club.