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

iFat Mar 13, 2010 07:30 AM

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.

Thanks!

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  1. carolinadawg RE: iFat Mar 13, 2010 07:46 AM

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

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652382

    1. nomadchowwoman RE: iFat Mar 14, 2010 01:01 PM

      And book now!

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        srqmichael RE: iFat Mar 15, 2010 10:21 AM

        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

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          figndate RE: iFat Mar 15, 2010 10:41 AM

          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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            FoodChic RE: figndate Mar 16, 2010 04:04 AM

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

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              iFat RE: FoodChic Mar 23, 2010 05:28 PM

              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!

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                FoodChic RE: iFat Mar 23, 2010 05:58 PM

                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.

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                pikawicca RE: FoodChic Mar 28, 2010 03:38 PM

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

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                JazzyB RE: figndate Mar 16, 2010 09:09 AM

                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.

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                shanefink RE: iFat Mar 15, 2010 06:56 PM

                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.

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                  Liz Gober RE: iFat Mar 16, 2010 06:06 AM

                  I have to agree with srqmichael. A lot of restaurants won't take parties as large as 18 so splitting up may be necessary. We used to come to Jazz Fest with a large group (but usually not more than 12) . We've had success at Bacco, and Pelican Club. You might try them. I also agree with Figndate about Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas. I go there all the time and they could do your dinner in the wine room if you hurry. Also, if you don't mind going across the lake you could try Sal and Judy's and La Provence. They are both wonderful and don't mind large groups. Good luck and have a great time.

                  1. jfood RE: iFat Mar 28, 2010 03:35 PM

                    with that many people you might fill the middle room at Brigtsens but it is a small, non-rowdy place if that fits in.

                    Last time there was a rowdy bachelor party and they pretty much ruined it for the rest of the patron until they were told to chill.

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                    Brigtsen's Restaurant
                    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                      uptownlibrarian RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 05:46 PM

                      There's no way they'll get a reservation for 18 at Brigtsen's during JazzFest, even splitting up tables. I'd be surprised if you could get a reservation for two at this point, unless you want to eat at 5:00 or 10:45.

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                      Brigtsen's Restaurant
                      723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                        jfood RE: uptownlibrarian Mar 28, 2010 06:56 PM

                        yeah, your probably correct. two years ago it was way earlier when jfood only needed 10.

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