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Mar 13, 2010 07:30 AM

3 Nights In New Orleans w/a big group of NY'ers

Greetings NO hounders -

Will be down in New Orleans for the first weekend of Jazzfest with a big group (18 people) from NYC - Looking to get three big dinners planned. What are the can't miss/slam dunks? Price not an issue, I want people to experience the best food in New Orleans has to offer. Pretty sure the only place that's definitely off the list is Emeril's spot.


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  1. If you peruse through the posts on this board you'll find lots of information. For example:

      1. You'll have to split up and freelance or you'll all end up eating in banquet rooms. Don't miss galatoires, comanders palace and jacques-imo"s

        1. I understand that you are not down with Emeril's, but I feel compelled to tell you that his restaurant on Tchoupitoulas is totally fun without being obnoxious, has excellent service without pretention, and is very accommodating of large groups. The young Chef David Slater is also incredibly talented and creative. I had a truly amazing meal there on Saturday, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, even those with the highest of dining standards.

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          1. re: figndate

            +1 for Emeril's. The Tchoupitoulas location is excellent and the service is outstanding.

            1. re: FoodChic

              looks like we may have to try it then if you all say so, I was always under the impression all his places were tourist traps. thanks!


              1. re: iFat

                You will not be disappointed. And it's a wonderful place for your large group as it's trendy, not stuffy, upscale yet relaxed. The service really accomodates to an impressive level.

              2. re: FoodChic

                I ate there a couple of years ago and the service was dreadful. I've never thought of returning.

              3. re: figndate

                We dine regularly at Emeril's. Food and service are always terrific. Personally I would not recomend NOLA, , Dickie Brennan's, or upstairs at Galatoires. I prefer Commander's for lunch ( unfortunately won't work w/JF). Dinners at CP have been disappointing. FWIW, after a long day in the blazing sun w/many beers, we usually walk across Esplanade to Lola's .We can dine in our JF garb and have a good, cheap Mediterranean meal and some Sangria. Be sure to ask for sme mojo sauce w your paella.

              4. There is so much great eating at Jazz Fest that it's been my experience that many of my out of town friends end up bailing on big dinners. It's hard to eat and drink all day and then rally for dinner. Your best bet would be to make 2 reservations at the same restaurant, one for 10 people and 1 for 8. Look at the larger restaurants that can accommodate you in the Quarter like Dickie Brennan's, NOLA, GW Fins or possible Galatoire's upstairs. You might also want to try to get a reservation at Commander's Palace. They can usually accommodate larger parties. Make all reservations for 9pm or later because the Fest doesn't end till 7 and it takes a while to get out, get back to the hotel, shower, change, etc.