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Boston hounds heading to New Orleans for anniversary- need lots of recommendations!

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Hi- My husband and i are heading to New Orleans for our 2nd anniversary (staying in the french quarter). We are looking to do one special high end dinner (dinner and drinks under $300) and then do a lot of local favorites.

Here are the recommendations I've received for high end:
Galatoire's
Bayona
Cuvee
Cafe Amelie
La Petit Grocery
Gautreau's
Upperline
Cochon

Other than that we will be looking for anything that is uniquely New Orleans that we can't get up in Boston. Thanks in advance!!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

Cuvee Restaurant
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Gautreau's Restaurant
1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. Re your list:.

    Galatoire's loud, boisterous, good, not great food, quintessential Nola experience

    Bayona, Cuvee, La Petit, Gautreaus (worst food I've had in a nola fine dining rest) would all be an anniversary appropriate venue.

    I wouldn't consider Cochon or Upperline either high end or occasion acceptable. However, both are unique to New Orleans.

    My choice for an anniversry dinner would be August. They offer tasting and degustation menus. Both are available with wine pairing. They will substitue a course if need be.

    nomenu.com/summer has an updated list of summer restaurant specials with menus.

    Emeril's flagship is always fun with terrific food and service. Located uptown, Coquette, Lilette, Patois all offer creative bistro fare and fun cocktails.

    Pick up a muffaletta at Central Grocery to take home. Stick it in your mini frig. They travel well.

    Stop in Antoine's Hermes bar for cocktails and a sampler plate.

    Mr. B's for bbq shrimp and gumbo ya-ya.

    Commander's for lunch (m-f), 25 cent martinis, lots of fun. Prix fixe specials. Reserve the garden room. If you can't fit in lunch, go for brunch sat-sun. The best turtle soup in town. Or try the soups 1-1-1. Bread pudding souffle is another must if you've never had it.

    Happy Anniversary!

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Bayona
    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Emeril's Restaurant
    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    Cuvee Restaurant
    322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Upperline Restaurant
    1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Jazzy's suggestions are right on the money. Although, I personally wouldn't pick Emeril's for an anniversary dinner - too noisy and boisterous for me. I'd recommend eating there for another meal during your trip. I also wouldn't consider La Petit fine dining along the same lines as the other places listed. I'd put it in the mix with Cochon and Upperline. The setting, however, would be appropriate.

      Jazzy, I'm curious to hear more about your experience at Gautreau's. I've enjoyed my meals there and definitely wouldn't put it in my worst fine dining category. I will admit that the last time we ate there our appetizers, not entrees, were the highlight of the meal and they charged an extra bottle of wine to the bill, which was remedied but annoying.

      1. re: latasche

        Sorry I was not clear. The Emeril's, Lilette etc. recs. were meant to be in response to the op dining at some local favorites. August was my choice for the anniversary.

        Re: Gautreaus. My only visit was about a yr. ago. The food exceedingly bland. In addition, the plate components did not work. It was as if an apprentice was in the kitchen, rather than a chef with numerous accolades. I usually give a restaurant more than 1 shot. In this instance, there was nothing redeeming to make me try again

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        Emeril's Restaurant
        800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

        Gautreau's Restaurant
        1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    2. Not sure how long you'll be here, to fit stuff in but,

      I agree on Commander's Palace also,

      re suggestions for unique to New Orleans, I suggest Bon Ton. Classic cajun cuisine in an old school atmosphere:
      http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

      Galatoire's is most definitely a worthwhile only in New Orleans experience. I recomend it. True New Orleans food, atmosphere and environment.
      http://www.galatoires.com/

      Local favorites you asked about, Mandina's a New Orleans neighborhood place on Canal St in mid city:
      http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/

      re music and cocktails, Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton to hear Jeremy Davenport, cocktails at The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel, and the Carousel in the Monteleone Hotel to name a few.

      Everything I mentioned (in my opinion) is unique to New Olreans....

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      Mandina's Restaurant
      3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

      Bon Ton Cafe
      401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: Suzy Wong

        As a frame of reference, Galatoire's is akin to your own Locke-Ober....a clubby kind of place. It is sometimes derided as having good but not innovative "cuisisne." It actually has no "cuisine"...it has cooking. If you like flavor and not phooey, it's the place to be.

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

      2. We are locals and LOVE Cafe Giovanni on Decatur. Opera singers on weekends make it really special, and the food is wonderful. Have pre-dinner cocktails in the adjoining Bella Baci. We took Dallas guests there last night to celebrate a birthday, and the opera singers sang Happy Birthday in Italian after putting a lit candelabra on the table. The maitre'd then sent out complimentary limoncello. HIghly recommend it!

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        Cafe Giovanni
        117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: MPasta

          Just a clarification, so as not to scare anyone off the "opera singers": it's more "opera lite" broadwayesque than traditional Italian opera. It is usually performed by a male and a female (??music students). They have exceptional voices that add a special touch to the dining experience. They sing intermittently and never more than one song at a time Singers W, F, Sat. Forget the ala carte at Giovanni. Order Chef Duke's "feed me" (tasting menu), available with wine pairing. Not great wines, but it's fun. Should the soup of the day be crab and corn bisque, order a bowl of that as well. It is outstanding.

        2. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Jacque-Imo's on Oak Street. It's 20 minute cab or streetcar ride from the Quarter, but it is well worth the ride. Get there early. It's crowded and they don't normally take reservations. I think that's "waiverable" if you have a big enough group. Give them a call and ask about it. The food is great. The "look, feel and ambiance" are something you'll long remember.