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I am heading to New Orleans from Chicago for a short break as family all over country in various sporting activites. Staying at Ritz Carlton and want to try the fabulous restaurants that New Orleans is known for but where will I be comfortable as a single woman. I prefer to sit at a bar area within a restaurant rather than solo at a table. Where are the fun, loud, in spots where I can blend with great food! I assume most of the top restaurants have a bar area that you can order the full menu. Any suggestions for nightlife - I am late 30's. Also looking for a cozy coffee spot for a great am coffee maybe in French quarter.

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  1. Lots of coffee in the Quarter, Royal Blend, Croissant Dor, Boucherie, and Cafe Dumond of course. Domenica has a good food bar scene, lots of young people go there. GW Fins, Clancy's, maybe Mr. B.'s. Cochon and a slow night, and Herbsaint, A Mano also.

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: CharlieH

      These a really good recs for a single woman by Charlie H. I guess he knows where to hit on single woman. Just kidding. Of these recs, I think Domenica has the most hip bar scene. Also, there are a few trendy bars that serve great food like Cure, Delachaise and Oak (Uptown) and Cap D'ville (CBD).

      3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    2. You can do a search here as the same query has come up several times in the last 60 or so days. Many good places serve food at the bar and/or would be comfortable for singles.

      Mr. B's has been recommended. Both Emerils and NOLA serve at the bar, but at NOLA you can also sit at the kitchen/wood oven and chat with the line cook and maybe the Chef or Sous who's expediting. The Camillia Grill in the Quarter is all food bar. Luke also serves at the bar, as does Acme.

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

      1. Coquette, on Magazine Street and Washington has a great $20 lunch, and a very nice bar to sit at. It was one of the best meals we had on our last visit. For casual to a fault, but delicious is Coop's in the Quarter on Decatur. Very divey but some of the best food to be had. You may have to squeeze in at the bar sometimes, but here and elsewhere, the people are chatty and friendly like no other city. Go to Frenchman Street for music at night. Have a great trip!

        1. Antoine's has its new bar, hermes, which would be fine, Clancy's has a tiny bar whwere I prefer to eat when alone. Commander's and Galatoire's have teeny bars but they are not eating spots really. But they both have perfectly decent tables for a solo diner. Galatoire's has almost excusively two-tops running along the edge of the room. Lots of single diners there. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet.

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

          1. honestly - in any city - in any restaurant that is not a trucker bar - a woman can sit comfortably so pick the restaurants you want, as if you were not alone

            for good coffee in the morning: Croissant D'Or Patisserie, 617 Ursulines Ave

            Croissant D'Or Patisserie
            617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

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            1. Go to Galatoire's for lunch. Go out the back door at the Ritz Carlton on Iberville and walk a block to Bourbon. Galatoire's is on the left. They don't take reservations. Friday is a real busy day and they party all afternoon there. Go on another day toward 1:30 or 2:00 and you will have fun dining by yourself. They have two tops near the back wall that are very comfortable. I second Mr. B's bar for solo dining as well as Emeril's. Go to Davenport Lounge on the 4th floor at the RC and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz at 9 PM on T/F/S. Hermes Bar at Antoine's and French 75 Bar at Arnaud's both have good solo dining but their menu is not their full restaurant menu. I think you will enjoy Emeril's a lot. Good luck.

              I second Luke's and Domenica for bar dining also.

              Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021. *
              Hermes Bar @ Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.
              French 75 Bar @ 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 5433.

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

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              1. re: Littleman

                I would say that it depends if she thinks of herself as a 30 year old or a 40 year old. I think a 30 year old looking for a fun, loud, in spot would prefer the ones Charlie H's suggestions. And the ones you suggested are more appropriate for a 40 year old looking for a fun, loud, in spot. That's just my opinion.

                1. re: shanefink

                  Is there a difference in various NOLA restaurants that would have an affect on someone 30 something versus 40 something or a difference of 10 years. That's amazing.

                  BTW late 30's is almost 40.

              2. last months issue of New Orleans Magazine had an article called " the best 63 bars in N.O.". it is a great guide to print out and take with you. from bars in hotels to dives, it is a great reference guide. it took me awhile to find it on the website. so, go to myneworleans.com. click on dining and entertainment. then entertainment features. it is on page three. i go to new orleans alone alot. i always eat at the bar. workers and visitors alike are so friendly in n.o.. you won't feel out of place anywhere. i love the bar at cafe adelaide, red fish grill, and palace cafe. and my best meal on my last trip in january was at the bar at the pelican club.

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                1. re: califkatie

                  If u decide to go to Mr. B's, maybe I'll see u there! I'm heading to New Orleans for work and will be dining alone as well. Last year was the first time I dined alone in Vegas and I had great meals at the bar. Enjoy!