N.O. gift certificate suggestions needed
I was at an engagement party yesterday in Philadelphia for a young couple. Both are medical students and will be participating in some kind of student rotation at Tulane for six months. Rather than a Starbucks card, I'd like to send them something chowish and very N.O. If there is a special deli or a place near Tulane where they could make use a gift card after a 12-hour day, with no cash and needing a quick, inexpensive meal, please let me know. Many thanks.
There really aren't many places that fit the description of what you're looking for around the Tulane Med School/Hospital. Although it's downtown, it's not in a great area of downtown and there are very few casual restaurants/delis that would be open late enough. Most of these types of places in the area do lunch for the business crowd. PJ's Coffee would be a good place to get a coffee shop gift certificate. Otherwise, you might try to find out what neighborhood they will be living in and then there would probably be some better recommendations for places near home.
I think your idea of a "special dinner" gift certificate at one of the nicer restaurants is great. I'm sure as med students they won't have lots of extra cash to try out many of the best restaurants in the city. I would opt for brunch at Commander's Palace rather than Brennan's - better food. Other recommendations would be Galatoire's, Emeril's, Patois, Clancy's and August.
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130