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Intimate dinner in FQ or CBD

dd992emo Oct 6, 2011 02:29 PM

Mrs DD and I will be in NOLA in a couple of weeks. Working across the country from each other, I look forward to quiet time when we see each other. We're not hard core foodies and like small, intimate places with decent food. Think Irene's in NOLA, Gascogne or the old Le Madeleine in NYC. I'm all for Irene's, but I know she likes to try new places. We'll be at the JW Marriott, so walking distance from there would be best. Thanks!

  1. Bill Hunt Oct 7, 2011 09:42 PM

    When the term "intimate" comes into play, my first thought is The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel. It's definitely in the "upper ranges," regarding price, but delivers on all counts, including "intimate." The servers have a wonderful "sixth sense," and are not likely to interrupt you, while in deep conversation, unlike too many places today.

    As an aside, I was recently attempting to hold such an intimate conversation with my wife. The server kept dropping by our table, though it should have been perfectly clear that we were speaking to each other. He'd clear his throat, and I'd glare, and wave him away. He'd show back up in about 45 sec., and the same thing would transpire. Some folk just do not "get it," and I appreciate places, that do.



    Windsor Court Hotel
    300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: Bill Hunt
      rouxdauphine Oct 8, 2011 10:47 AM

      +1 on the Grill Room. Have not been for an intimate dinner for two, but received excellent food and service as a solo diner at lunch -- and this was on the prix fixe coolinary menu this summer. And I love the ambience of the dining room. Unpretentiously gracious and elegant just like the food and service.

      1. re: rouxdauphine
        Bill Hunt Oct 8, 2011 08:10 PM

        Glad that you had great food and service. Have ONLY dined there for intimate dinners for two, but not within the last 8 mos., so my last visit was a while ago.

        Our first introduction to The Grill Room was ANYTHING but glorious, but that has been recounted on this board. It was some years later, that we finally went back, though I had a comp for 2 entrees, and wine. We never used those, but were greatly impressed with our second visit (years apart), and have continued to be impressed over the last five, or so, years.


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      Littleman Oct 7, 2011 08:18 AM

      Le Foret is a great small romantic restaurant near the JWM. Good luck.

      Le Foret Restaurant
      129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA
      (504) 553-6738

      Le Foret
      Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: Littleman
        JazzyB Oct 8, 2011 04:42 AM

        The departure of Le Foret's certified master chef has unfortunately taken its toll on the food.

        Le Foret
        Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. BayouTeche Oct 7, 2011 07:48 AM

        If money is no object.....Stella!. Easier on the wallet....Iris. Not in the Quarter, but easy walking from Marriott....August.

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          califkatie Oct 6, 2011 08:16 PM

          look at the website for the Bombay Club. i was there last time for a cocktail. it's super romantic.

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            collardman Oct 6, 2011 03:38 PM

            Two that come to mind are MiLa and Feelings. MiLa is modern but can be quiet and is a short walk. Feelings is great on atmosphere, with decent food, but is past the lower FQ so is a short cab ride.

            The Rib Room may also fit. Bayona has atmosphere but may be more crowded.

            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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            1. re: collardman
              JazzyB Oct 7, 2011 05:29 AM

              Re: Rib Room. Request a window table.

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