Narrowing the list
My wife and I will be staying in the FQ this coming May. We've been down the last two years and find we can't stay away. We like the FQ because we don't need a car to get around and we've found excellent dining so far.
Every year I try to find new places for at least a meal or two. I've read lots of posts here and it does get overwhelming trying to figure out which 3 restaurants to have dinner at (we're there for 3 nights).
We've been to Arnaud's, K-Pauls, GW Fins, and Mr. B's for dinners. I'm looking to try at least 2 new places this year. I know "consensus" is hard to find here, but what would be your three top choices for dinner? We're mainly looking for places that are relatively "upscale", but good food is the main priority. The restaurants need to be in the FQ - thanks for any input .
Assuming you mean strictly in the FQ and assuming you enjoyed the places you cite, Galatoire's is a good bet. I'd also recommend Irene's and Le Meritage. I don't see too much on these boards about Iris, but we've loved it the two times we've been. I also love lunch at Bayona, but I haven't been there for dinner in years.
Now if you're willing to cross Canal Street, there are several good restaurants in walking distance of FQ, but I'll trust you want to stay in the Quarter and not throw any more choices at you.
OK, venturing out of FQ, I'm seconding JazzyB: Restaurant August (my current favorite NO rest.) is just barely across Canal.
Emeril's is also excellent as is another favorite, Herbsaint, but they are a little farther--not much, I do that distance all the time--walking distance, other side of Poydras. I also love MiLa, which is also just across Canal, and if you get a hankering for a more casual, Italian meal, Domenica, in the Roosevelt Hotel, just across the way from MiLa, has wonderful food and out-of-this-world pizza.
Are you feeling overwhelmed yet?
Have a great time--and be sure to let us know how it goes.
In case you are in the mood for Italian, Maximo's on Decatur is a really wonderful spot. They have the best mussels in white wine I have ever had, and a rack of lamb TDF. Also, it's kind of off the beaten path, but there is another little Italian place called Adolfo's on Frenchmen street above the Apple Barrel Bar that is truly delicious. It's incredibly tiny, but so worth the trek.