Looking for rehearsal dinner suggestions
I am looking for restaurant suggestions for my rehearsal dinner next March. There will probably be around 50 guests and if possible I'd love to keep the dinner on the inexpensive side. Does anyone know of any smaller restaurants which may be possible to rent out, or restaurants with private rooms? I've spoken to Muriels, Broussard's, The Palace Cafe, and Mother's Next Door so thoughts on those restaurants would also be appreciated!
Bistro at Maison de Ville is another option, that was done successfully recently. 50 might be too many there though. Maybe Meauxbar. Palace Cafe might be too big, upstairs might work though. Clacasieu, could be your best bet. It is Donald Links Private dinning space. The BonTon does private parties. Napolean house is another option. Time is ticking though, March is right around the corner, although I think April and May are the big months. Does anyone know if the old Plimsol Club is still available? I would shoot for Calcasieu though, as for the others Muriels is a nice space, right on Jackson Square, and Broussards has got the old school thing going for it.
I know not everyone is fond of Mahony's but I had my rehearsal dinner there a year ago and our guests loved it. You can get the place for yourself, an open bar, a selection of po'boys, and they will also make stuff not always on the menu (jambalaya and gumbo). For our out of towners it was a great introduction to New Orleans food in a casual atmosphere. Call or stop during a nonbusy time and they can give you the details.
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
I'm currently planning a rehearsal dinner for February. We've looked into the following:
American Sector at the WWII Museum
Sunray (which actually gave me an awesome price/menu but my fiance wanted something more formal)
As well as the other places you listed...
I see someone below suggested Napoleon House and I know they do a great job for private parties (I think their catering is much better than the restaurant and the space is dressier) - they were too small for us but would work for you.
I've also read some good things on here about Cafe Amelie.
As to the restaurants you've talked to, I've only been to a private event at Muriel's and my fiance really wanted to do ours there because he thinks they do a fantastic job. However, they only offer one entree for larger groups and that might be a deal-breaker at that price point.
I think Wendy at Antoine's is a great event planner and she's been there for 6+ years as opposed to the typical < 1 year I've encountered. They can create menus that aren't as expensive as the set ones on their website.
If you have a sense of your budget/ what you want I can probably give you an idea of which of these places would work as I'm doing the same research right now!!
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
just attended a reception at Napoleon House. space was fine, food -- not so much. i much prefer their restaurant menu because its real food (avocado shrimp salad, RB poboy, vegetarian sammich are my go-tos). the reception food we had was a buffet and h'or d'heures, but none of it was very good. bland and utterly forgettable.
perhaps it depends on what the party orders, but i was disappointed. service was *very good* however.