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Thanks for your help! NOLA with a six-month baby - are any of the "must try" places feasible?

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soren2000 Jun 4, 2011 09:36 PM

My husband and I are spending a week in NOLA and were looking for a great culinary experience. We live in NYC. We will be staying in the French Quarter.
We had the following places in mind but believe none will be ok with a baby, any suggestions? We thought maybe lunch would be doable in some of them, but aren't sure.

Our list:

-August
-Green Goddess
-Cochon
-Commanders P.
-Brigstens
-Galatoires
-Bayona
-Stella

Many thanks for your feedback!

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    califkatie Jun 5, 2011 03:36 PM

    cochon would be great with the baby. it's big and if the noise doesn't bother the baby, the baby won't bother anyone.

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      soren2000 Jun 6, 2011 09:02 AM

      Thanks so much!! I will make reservations asap! We are really excited about this trip, it's our first escape in four years! :)
      We heard that brunch at Commanders might be ok as well, what do you think? Thanks again.

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        hazelhurst Jun 6, 2011 10:12 AM

        Commander's is big enough that they can almost certainly find a spot away from everything if the child is making noises. In Galatoire's, an expressive infant has lots of hard surfaces off of which to bounce its lung-power. The suggestion to go on a non-Friday middle-of-the-afternoon would be the best. My sister took her infant there at about four months of age but that was just to indoctrinate the kid and give her the "laying on of hands" for that generation. I've seen christening parties in there but that is really too much unless the kid sleeps thru.

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

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          soren2000 Jun 6, 2011 08:26 PM

          Thanks Hazel! We had made reservations for lunch at Commanders and figured if it wasnt' appropriate a couple of friends could take ours. From what you tell me we might just venture and hope for the best ;). We might also try Galatoires on Tuesday middle of the afternoon, thanks so much!

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

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      Jwestcoaster Jun 6, 2011 09:29 AM

      Green goddess would work outside. Inside is very small and cramped. It doesn't take reservations so off times would be better. Recently ate in the courtyard at bayona. That could also work depending on the weather.

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        soren2000 Jun 6, 2011 08:30 PM

        Thank you J!! We had actually thought Bayona could work in the courtyard, but we hadn't thought of the heat, we will be there in mid June. Anything in lieu of Bayona come to mind?

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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        califkatie Jun 6, 2011 09:45 AM

        when are you going, soren? right now it is too hot to eat outside with a baby. commanders would be great,also. it is big and noisy. august and stella are the "fanciest" on your list, galatoires is fun and the baby might sleep right thru a meal there if you go in the afternoon when it's not busy(except fridays, it's busy thru till dinner). brigsens dining rooms are kind-of small, but call them, they may have an out-of-the way table. go to nomenu.com, tom fitzmorris' site for restaurants in new orleans, by looking at his reviews and the websites, you may find something else up your alley.

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          soren2000 Jun 6, 2011 08:35 PM

          Katie, we are leaving in two weeks, so you are right it might be too hot...we hadn't thought of that when we thought about seating outside (Green Goddess, Bayona). I'll call Brigstens tomorrow I heard they were extremely nice and accomodating, so maybe a super early dinner there :).
          We discarded Stella and are trying to see if we could find a sitter for us to go to August.

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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            soren2000 Jun 7, 2011 08:52 PM

            Thanks for the link! Loved nomenu.com!!!! Also found it super useful to find places for Sunday!

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            hungry hungry hip paw Jun 7, 2011 10:38 AM

            it really depends on you and the baby. my wife and I took our son out to any restaurant, including some you mentioned at that age. we would make an 8 oclock res and he'd be asleep through the whole meal. its when he got a little older that it got tricky.

            using this approach, cochon might be the worst as it's noisy. if you plan to go early and entertain your baby during dinner, it's probably the best choice because of its casual nature. as much as I love green goddess, it may be too cramped inside and too crowded out. bayona should be fine, especially if you go for lunch, the saturday small plate special is great if they still do that. you may also be into summertime early dinner bargains by the time you visit. bayona and brigtstens run those usually.

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              soren2000 Jun 7, 2011 09:03 PM

              Thank you!! We thought of doing early dinner and just keeping her with us to avoid the risk of having her sleep and wake up in the middle of the meal. That said, our first priority is to respect others in the restaurant and at the first sign of a cry me or my husband will leave. We have a lot of respect for these dining places and the experience people want to have, so we are trying to balance this with our enthusiasm and desire to eat all the delicious things we often see
              posted on these boards. It seems we will do Cochon, Commanders, Galatoires and Bayona if weather permits. I called Brigstens and explained, we were told not to come with a baby, totally understandable, hopefully we can try it in the future!
              Thank you all for all your suggestions, for your support and for taking the time to respond. I will be sure to report and share what will surely be a range of delicious eats! Cheers.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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              Jwestcoaster Jun 7, 2011 09:47 PM

              You might consider domenica especially on a Sunday. Sometimes at the end of our visit we are ready for a change of pace. Last time we were there we shared the burrata, brussel sprouts, fried kale, and a stuffed pasta. I had never had kale & it was crunchy and delicious. In the past we've ordered stuffed squash blossoms and mozzarella. We eatxa lot of Italian at home but are always happy with our meal. The space is large with hard surfaces but should be used to kids since it's in a hotel (but not like eating in a hotel).

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