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I was hoping y'all might be able to help me with the planning of a Girls' weekend in July. We will have anywhere from 8-12 girls, mid to late 20's, from all over the Southeast getting together in your fair city. A good many of us have not been to NOLA before, so we are hoping to get the full experience. We have plans to stay in the quarter and will all be flying in, so no cars.

Here is what I was hoping you might help me with:
Happy Hour suggestion for Friday Night
More Casual of the 2 dinners we will have... something very New Orleans, but not too touristy
Possible Drink Tour/Bar Crawl Friday Night (we will most definitely be imbibing)
Saturday Morning I was thinking Cafe du Monde
Saturday Lunch... something kind of casual (maybe muffalettas or po-boys)
Saturday Dinner: somewhere nice, but that won't break the bank. I would say moderate to higher end

Thanks in advance! Can't wait to hear your suggestions :)

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  1. I would go to Luke for their happy hour/cheap oysters. You could go to the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone also. Galatoire's would be outstanding for dinner. It may not be casual enough for you but it's not too fancy. Mr. B's would be nice or Bayona. If you want something more casual you could go to Coops, Stanley, Napoleon House or Green Goddess. There are some fine casual bars with decent bar food. I would go to Galatoire's myself. It's a don't miss place if you have never been.

    You could go to Central Grocery in the FQ for lunch Saturday or Johnny's Po Boys on Decatur.

    Go to Stella, NOLA, Galatoire's, Bayona, Mr. B's or Irene's for dinner Saturday night.

    Brennan's Restaurant @ Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9711, *
    http://www.brennansneworleans.com/
    http://www.eatnola.com/
    Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021. *
    http://www.galatoires.com/
    Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078. *
    http://www.mrbsbistro.com/index2.php
    Bayona @ 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4455.
    http://www.bayona.com/
    Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840. *
    http://www.lukeneworleans.com/
    Carousel Bar @ Hotel Monteleone| @ 214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 3341.
    http://hotelmonteleone.com/dining-ent...
    Central Grocery @ 923 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 1620.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...
    Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.
    http://www.coopsplace.net/
    Copper Monkey Grill @ 725 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 527 - 0869. *
    Green Goddess @ 307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 301 - 3347.
    http://www.greengoddessnola.com/
    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
    Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.

    You will get a lot more of fine advice from the NOLA hounds. Bon Appetit.

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    1. re: Littleman

      These all sound amazing and Galatoire's was definitely on my list! I also wanted to include the Carousel Bar on our list, so it will be a definite per your instuctions, Littleman! We are also staying at the Prince Conti, if that helps anyone...

      Others that I read about were Boucherie, Jacques Imo's, Cochon, and Palace Cafe. What do NOLA hounds think of those?

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

      1. re: aphayes

        I didn't manage Jacques Imo's this last trip, but every reliable source says it's a definite yes. I have been to Cochon and it's a great place for a large party, the servers are fun and helpful and best of all, they serve a great spiced moonshine there, "Catdaddy" which ya'll would probably really enjoy. The atmosphere isn't stuffy and the food is unusual (rabbit, duck and of course Pork, pork, pork). It's also a place that takes reservations, which for a big party like yours might be a plus.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: mzscahlett

          I'd skip Jacques Imo's, but I don't know whether or not I'm a reliable source. Better places in the same range of price and formality (relatively casual) are Boucherie, Dick & Jenny's, Dante's Kitchen, Cochon, etc. etc. Better and a bit more formal, but at the same price point, is Coquette, which has a large upstairs dining room that could accommodate your group. Bayou Teche's recs of Bayona and Iris are also spot on for your Saturday dinner.

        2. re: aphayes

          Boucherie is Uptown a 20 minute cab ride. Cochon is CBD short cab ride. You can walk to Bayona, Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Luke's, Green Goddess, Palace Cafe, etc. Jacques IMO is also Uptown. What about Stella's.

          Stick to the FQ and have fun. Good luck.

          1. re: Littleman

            If you've got the budget Stella! is walkable and the best upscale meal in town right now. Chef is creative, and really into new cuisine techniques. Seared foie gras and Duck Five Ways blew my mind.

      2. Happy Hour suggestion for Friday Night......Hermes Bar
        More Casual of the 2 dinners we will have... something very New Orleans, but not too touristy........Cochon or Adolfo's
        Possible Drink Tour/Bar Crawl Friday Night (we will most definitely be imbibing)......Don't do a drink tour.....just walk, you'll be able to figure that out on your own.
        Saturday Morning I was thinking Cafe du Monde.....Yeah, that's cool.
        Saturday Lunch... something kind of casual (maybe muffalettas or po-boys)......Assuming you're keeping to the Quarter....Central Grocery, Johnny's or Napoleon House
        Saturday Dinner: somewhere nice, but that won't break the bank. I would say moderate to higher end......Bayona or Iris.

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        Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
        500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re cocktails, Bar Uncommon in the Pere Marquette Hotel, vintage building, creative drinks, posh and fun...
          http://www.baruncommon.com/

          Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel, a clasic N.O. drink and experience:
          http://www.therooseveltneworleans.com...

          Loa in the International House Hotel
          http://www.ihhotel.com/bar.html

          Listen to Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz, The Davenport Lounge:
          http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propert...

          Lunch Saturday, very casual and you can also get a muffaletta, Maspero's on Decatur.

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          Maspero's
          601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: Suzy Wong

            I second Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz. Good times to be had there.