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Hello everyone. I will be in NOLA for the first time w/my 17 year old nephew April 23-April 28. We will be staying @ The Marriott on Canal St. I would like to know if there's any activities for 17 year olds as well as what's the best Emeril restaurant to eat at on Easter. I would like to dress up one night for dinner the other nights we'd wing it @ restaurants that I've read up on. But I would like any and all suggestions.

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

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  1. I would introduce a 17 year old to New Orleans music. There's quite a bit in the afternoon, at places like Maison Bourbon and you don't have to drink at Preservation Hall.

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    Preservation Hall
    726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: bronwen

      Preservation Hall = greatest place on earth

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      Preservation Hall
      726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

      1. re: bronwen

        Emeril's (the flagship) is my favorite of Emeril's restaurants. I've never been wowed by NOLA, and Delmonico's is a steakhouse.

        Your nephew might enjoy the funky Cajun-cabin atmosphere of Jacques-Imo's, and the eats are decent:

        www.jacquesimoscafe.com/

        General admission to Preservation Hall is a very reasonable $12.00, but be prepared to get in line 45-60 minutes before showtime. It's a tiny room, so you may or may not be able to score a seat on one of the wooden benches. (The sets are short, in case you have to stand.) You can avoid waiting in line if you're willing to shell out $25.00 for a reserved "Big Shot" seat. Go to the PH site for more info:

        http://preservationhall.com/

        There are music clubs all along Frenchmen Street. Have dinner at Adolfo's (above the Apple Barrel Bar), then wander up and down 'til something catches your ear:

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/adolfos-new-o...

        Check Offbeat for music listings, and note that you can filter results by neighborhood, venue, etc. The neighborhoods you want to focus on are the French Quarter and Marigny/Bywater.

        http://offbeat.com/club-events

        Cruise Bourbon Street in the early evening. (My interest in Bourbon St. waned eons ago, but young first-timers often find it exciting.

        )

        There's the WW2 Museum, if he's into history.

        Ducking in and out of weird French Quarter shops is always a fun way to kill a few hours. And what about a swamp, cemetery, or Katrina tour? Drop by TripAdvisor's NOLA forum, and you'll be able to pick up some more ideas.

        Invest in good guidebook and a decent waterproof map. I like Streetwise:

        http://tinyurl.com/ltkqaj (often available at your nearest Barnes & Noble).

        Have fun!

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

        Jacques-Imo's Cafe
        8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        Preservation Hall
        726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

        Apple Barrel Bar
        609 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: BrooksNYC

          Although Delmonico has steaks, I wouldn't consider it a steak house. Check out the menu online. Love Emeril's though.

          My kids have always loved to visit the zoo and the aquarium. Out of the two, I think the zoo is much nicer.

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

      2. Take him to Snug Harbor for a show and/or see who is playing at tipitinas uptown or house of blues. Emeril's is probably the best dining option of his restaurants in NOLA and i think a favorite on this board... Ive had great meals at Delmonico's but its sort of fancy shmancy.
        I would also consider a Jazz Brunch at Galatoires (i think that could be fun for a 17 year old).

        Jackson Square is obviously a great place to take him (you can walk up charters into the square, get a beignet at cafe du monde and continue walking up to the french market)... you can stop at verti marte on royal for po boys or central grocery for a muffaleta as well.

        I also think Mardi Gras world may be fun (you have to take a ferry across the river I believe... but i think its quick).

        I might also suggest a cemetary tour. Ive never done one but Ive heard they are cool and I could see where a 17 yr old guy might like it.

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

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

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        1. re: morganeats

          Galatoire's is a great place for lunch but they don't have a jazz brunch. Commander's is the best place for a jazz brunch. Ask for a table in the Garden Room.

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

          1. re: morganeats

            Morganeats, I think you mean Commander's jazz brunch. I don't believe Galatoire's has one.

            In any case, jazz brunch is great idea, and if they go to Commander's, they can ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to Washington Avenue, and walk three blocks through the Garden District to the restaurant.

            Mardi Gras World has moved, and I'd recommend taking a taxi to and from:

            http://www.mardigrasworld.com/contact

            Teanuh, add United Cab to your cellphone:

            United Cab
            504-522-9771 and 504-524-8380

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

          2. Just thought of another thing you and your nephew might really enjoy. A bike tour is a fantastic way to get oriented (and see parts of the city you'd never see otherwise). New Orleans is flat as a pancake (so you'll barely break) and stops are frequent. Check out Yelp reviews for Confederacy of Cruisers and Big Easy Bike Tours:

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/confederacy-o...

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-easy-bike...

            The guides, who clearly love the city, will often have interesting recommendations when it comes to neighborhood restaurants, cafes, clubs, and general sightseeing.

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            1. re: BrooksNYC

              EDIT: Sorry.....meant to write "so you'll barely break a sweat".