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Need one more dinner during Jazzfest week

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Okay I know these type of questions come up a million times, but I'm stymied. We are coming for Jazzfest 2nd Weekend (Thurs-Sun) and have three reservations set up so far. Keep in mind that we really can only do dinners out as we'll be eating at the Fest for lunches!

Friday: Cochon
Saturday: August
Sunday: Emeril's

Last year we ate at Commander's, Luke, Galatoires, and Emeril's (We're going again this year because a friend wants to go, and I can always go to Emerils!) All those meals were great. Previously we've eaten at Herbsaint, Brigtsen's, K-Paul's, Nola. Loved Brigtsen's, was not crazy about Herbsaint or Nola.

So for our first night, Thursday, I'd like to go somewhere new. I was thinking of Upperline which I've always wanted to try, but we'd really like to stay in the Quarter or Biz/Warehouse District (i.e., walking distance from our Hotel, the Omni Royal Crescent behind the Sheraton.) Because we'll not want to leave the Fest early, nor have to eat at 9:30.)

Other thoughts--we are from NYC so really don't want Italian or Continental or bistro-y things that we can get here, but something with a real New Orleans flavor (traditional or otherwise.) Someone suggested Bayona and I'm sure its excellent but their menu looks like a million menus here, and I think we'd like something more casual that first night. Same with Stella! (and a bit more expensive then we'd like given our other meals.)

We could always go back to Galatoire's if need be, but I'd like to try something new. We'll be a party of three. Suggestions welcome!

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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

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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  1. as a general rule,when I am not at Galatoire's I am at Clancy's.

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

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      1. In the FQ, Irene's, Bistrot at Maison de Ville, K-Paul's, Arnauds
        In the CBD, Le Foret, Bon Ton

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

        Le Foret
        129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: TaTee

          Antoine's Hermes Bar. You can order from the bar and (I think) the restaurant menu.
          Roux on Orleans Located in the Bourbon orleans Hotel. I have not been as yet but it gets raves from fellow locals. http://www.bourbonorleans.com/restaur...

        2. try my new favorite, the pelican club. also, we stayed at the omni royal crescent this last time. it was perfect for us. it has a big hot tub and workout area, with a sun deck and acros the street is a dive bar called charlies 24 hour sports bar. we ended every evening there with a last cocktail. they were super friendly to us, it was mostly locals in there.

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          1. re: califkatie

            Califkatie, we stayed at the Omni Royal Crescent last year as well, and it was great, as you say--perfectly located for everything. Never had time to check out the hot tub, didn't even realize they had one! Probably won't have time this year either.

            Might look into Pelican Club. I ate there years ago on a business trip but it was a board meeting so private room, etc. So not the real experience of the place, most likely.

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            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: jinx

              we just had appetizers at the bar, but it was the best food of my trip. but one place i looked at and didn't go was le meritage. the menu looked great but we were underdressed at the time.

          2. Mr. B's or NOLA are both good choices. I like Galatoire's and Emeril's the best. NOLA is one of Emeril's restaurants. It's in the FQ though and casual. You would like either place. Good luck.

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            1. re: Littleman

              OP indicated that they have been to NOLA and "was not crazy" about it. Not sure why you would recommend a place that they have been and didn't like?

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions, I will look into some of these ideas. A few I'm not familiar with. Mr. B's is a good thought! Many of these place I have eaten at years ago, as I'd traveled to Nola several times for conventions, but I'm talking like 10 years ago. I'm pretty sure I ate at Mr. B's back then.

              As for NOLA, we've eaten there twice and it was okay, but something about it seemed chaotic and I felt the food wasn't as good as Emeril's. Don't think we'd go back, especially since we are definitely going to Emeril's on our last night.

              Arnaud's is a possible...Clancy's is a taxi ride, which we are trying to avoid on that night. Its going to be a long day as it is (as we arrive just that morning.)

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

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              1. re: jinx

                I'll mention the Bon Ton again. Lots of butter and crabmeat all around. Great casual feel to tyhe place also.

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

                1. re: CharlieH

                  +1 on Bon Ton or Mr B's given your criteria.

                  I moved here about two years ago from NYC so I have a pretty good idea of what the OP wants. Some of the suggestions in this thread are head-scratchers though. The food is very good at Sylvain, for ex, but I wouldnt tell someone from NYC to check out a gastropub (see: Spotted Pig, et al.) when they want something with local flair.

                  If you really cant muster up the energy to go uptown, then I think Bon Ton and Mr B's are two solid suggestions; both walking distance from your hotel.

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

                  1. re: NYNO

                    Thanks! I am definitely thinking Bon Ton's or Mr. B's. Or possibly Arnaud's. My only issue with Bon Ton is that they only serve dinner until 9--which is around when we'd want to reserve--not sure if that's a problem.

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

                    1. re: jinx

                      Just keep in mind that their are a lot of visitors in town for Jazz fest.

                2. re: jinx

                  Tommy's is creole Italian 4/'5 blocks from your hotel open for dinner only. It's a block before Emeril's. Check out Lucy's bar just before you get to Tommy's.

                  http://www.tommysneworleans.com/