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Friday Casual Business Lunch - Suggestions?

Don't usually do weekday lunches so I need some suggestions for a casual, business dinner for 5 people. Need to be able to carry on a conversation without shouting. One person is an out-of-towner so I'd prefer something he can go home and brag about. I was thinking of something like A Mano or Cochon. I wish Brigtsen's was open for lunch. Your help is appreciated.

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  1. Does the location matter? In the Quarter, I think Bistro at Maison de Ville would be good. It's quiet but not silent and though it's small there are tables along the banquette that are comfortable for slightly larger groups. And the food is great.

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      We're coming from Tulane/Riverbend. Location isn't too much of a problem but I'd prefer somewhere where it's not so hard to park. Also, I should clarify that it needn't be too fancy, just not too divey. I'm actually leaning a little more towards Cochon Butcher than Cochon because we'll be doing a "fancy" dinner later.

      1. re: missmable

        Cochon Butcher would be a great choice food-wise, my only concern would be seating six people comfortably. But I'm sure it can be done.

        1. re: missmable

          A few suggestions:
          I hear that August has a great lunch deal. It is quiet and the food is great. It might be too upscale, though.
          Luke would probably be a nice casual lunch (can you tell I like John Besh?)
          Liuzza's might be a fun lunch venue. I don't think it would be too loud.
          Martinique Bistro is open for lunch on Friday. You can sit outside.

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          Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
          3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      2. What do you think about Boucherie?I've never been.

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        1. re: missmable

          Boucherie is well liked. You might consider Coquette or Lilette if you are in the Riverbend Area. Clancy's is a big favorite and near Riverbend. It is open on Friday for lunch. Good luck.

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          Lilette
          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

          Boucherie
          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        2. Patois, Coquette or Commander's (garden room). Although many like Boucherie, it's a lot of creatively plated bbq. Not much difference pricewise from the other three, big differnce foodwise if you want to create an impression. Just my 2 cents.

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          1. re: JazzyB

            I tend to think of Boucherie as a great budget dinner destination, for yes creatively plated bbq, which I like, but its not as good a value for lunch.

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            Boucherie
            8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            1. re: CharlieH

              Cowbell, Tartine, Dominique's, and Feast might also be worth considering

            2. re: JazzyB

              Agree with Jazzy B: Either Patois or Clancy's would be my choice. Love the mussels at Patois!

            3. Just had lunch at Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas and you will definitely get the WOW effect you are looking for for your out of towner. The food was absolutely flawless as was the service. The dress was whatever you choose, from shorts on one man to suit and tie on another. The prices are not outrageous either. The tables are not shoved together and conversation can be private speaking in regular tones and the clientele are very well behaved . Valet parking is complimentary which is also a plus.

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