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Bachelor Weekend Dinner - Antoine's or Galatoire’s

I'm looking to host a dinner for 10 gents (all in mid-30's) on a Friday night in mid-March as part of my bro's bachelor weekend. What your thoughts on Antoine's or Galatoire’s? If you'd recommend another dinner spot, I appreciate hearing from you. thanks

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

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  1. Back when my mob was getting hitched we usually ended up at Antoine's becuase there was no such thing as the upstairs at Galatoire's then and I sure as hell wasn't going to foist a gang of guys off on the other people. We did parties at Antoine's in the old Mystery Room and sometimes in the Proteus Room. Were I doing it today for a 50+ batchelor or re-marring guy I woulnd't worry too much about being at Galatoire's Also, Arnauds, in teh old days, was famous for itws Batchelor's Room, site of many wonderful parties and quite a few memories that I got from men in their 80's when I was in my 20's. No lady's honor was ever impugned: they'd stop short of names, of course.

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

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      What he said. Better private rooms at Antoine's. Don't worry about the food, they do a mean fillet there, with either marchand de vin or bernaise. Pick out something for a starter, oysters bordelaise maybe, and you are good to go. Get the baked Alaska. Or go to Galatoires and sit upstairs, not as much history, but either way, no one will forget the experience

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

      1. re: CharlieH

        the Baked Alaska is indeed a thing of splendor. on a recent visit the marchand de vin sauce was good but the steak was a complete reject. would not recommend it.

      2. re: hazelhurst

        Ah, Arnaud's. We've done some larger groups there too, and they have always been great - food, service, etc., but I did think that their wine list had a big hole in it. One could get plenty of US$50-100 bottles, but there was a dearth of US$100+ to $400 wines. The old list jumped from about US$150 to US$ 1500. I would hope that has been rectified.

        Broussard's did a large group (250), and did it very, very well.

        I do not mean to confuse things, as you have already narrowed things down to Galatoire's and Antoine's, but just commenting on restaurants, that have taken care of us.

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

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

      3. If you choose Antoine's, order the Appetizer Sampler while yall are having cocktails: Oysters Foch, Fried Eggplant, Crabmeat Ravigote and Shrimp Remoulade. Enough for two/$22. A great deal and so delicious. About three orders ought to do it...more than that and you won't be able to eat your dinner and you know what that means, No Dessert. Baked Alaska makes any event a special event.

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        Antoine's Restaurant
        713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. I love Galatoire's but you bachelor's might like Emeril's in the CBD. It's a great restaurant, good atmosphere, outstanding food and a super bar.

          Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393.
          http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/E...

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          1. re: Littleman

            Emeril's certainly has a fun atmosphere, but I'd worry a bit about being mixed in with that. Of course, I am older than the OP's group, but there are usually testimonials, and then reflections, that might be hard to get through, in a more lively atmosphere. I'd choose a private room, for many reasons, but that is just me.

            Hunt

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

          2. Of the two, I would lean to Galatoire's, but hear me out.

            Last trip to Antoine's was less than stellar. Many, many things have changed, and several trusted CH contributors have stated that the food, the service and the restoration of the old ambiance, have been great. So, my data is out of date, and because of that, it would have to be a toss-up, as far as recs. go. I love them both, but had tears in my eyes, after that last Antoine's visit. Good people tell me to give them another try, and I intend on doing so.

            OTOH, Galatoire's has never let me down. We've done some larger parties, and they have never missed a beat for us. We've done intimate dinners for two, and it's been the same.

            What can I say? If the much more recent reports are correct, then it's either/or. Still, and predicated just on my personal experiences, it would be Galatoire's.

            Most of all, enjoy,

            Hunt

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

              1. re: conOsewer

                Pretty sure 10 guys aren't going to get into Colette's.