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Nov 29, 2011 09:44 AM

8 Block

Has anyone been? Can't believe they don't have an actual website. Not sure just a facebook cuts it. Thinking of bringing the family. Does the Hyatt have parking?

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  1. What is this? I don't recognize that as a restaurant in the Hyatt.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      From the Hyatt's website:

      8 Block Kitchen & Bar

      The cornerstone of the hotel’s illustrious dining options, 8 Block Kitchen & Bar pays homage to the eight blocks that comprise Upper Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, one of the city’s most iconic and historic attractions known for local culture and classic cuisine.

      Serving breakfast and lunch, the 360-seat, full-service restaurant will offer a menu of seasonally inspired dishes that fuses traditional New Orleans style with international flair.

      Conveniently located in the heart of the hotel atrium, the bar offers a carefully curated cocktail menu and gourmet bites served in a sidewalk café inspired environment. Open 18 hours a day, the 70-seat bar provides a relaxed setting for guests to start their day with freshly brewed, gourmet coffee and artisanal pastries baked on-site daily, or unwind with masterfully crafted cocktails, local beers and a hand-selected collection of varietals from notable young wineries.


      James Beard award-winning New Orleans chef, John Besh, will have his next restaurant, Borgne, in the hotel this winter. It will feature casual, coastal Louisiana seafood with a touch of Spanish influence. Brian Landry, the longtime New Orleans native chef of Galatoire’s, will be the chef de cuisine. The name “Borgne” refers to the nearby lake that makes up the largest saltwater estuary of the Gulf of Mexico and is the lake both chefs grew up fishing on.

      1. re: TaTee

        Thanks for posting, somehow I missed the description on the Hyatt website. I think "360 seat restaurant says it all." I'll wait for Borgne. The Neapolitan pizza delivery thing sounds interesting though.

        1. re: TaTee

          Oh yeah, 8 block is their buffet right across from the sports bar. Just didn't know the name of it. It's good... for a buffet. The sports bar does have a tasty gourmet burger and fries. I was impressed with that meal. I don't think Borgne is open yet.

          1. re: TaTee

            I’m not even sure I get the reference. Other than Galatoire’s, what classic cuisine is served on Bourbon Street. And since the numbers start on Canal, wouldn’t Upper Bourbon refer to the side closest to Esplanade. If that’s the case then I guess Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop must be serving some classic cuisine.

            1. re: shanefink

              I don't get the reference either, but the lower end of the Quarter is closer to Esplanade. Lower Decatur is probably the most frequently used phrase using the "lower' designation; I've never heard Lower Bourbon or any other street really other than Decatur. It has to do with being downriver in relation to the rest of the Quarter, rather than the street numbers.

              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                oh yeah, you are right, I have heard lower Decatur used before.

        2. The $14 dollar price tag is worth it just for the outstanding dessert bar and yummy meat and cheese area. Overall, an above average buffet which I will definitely re-visit. I work in a building that is connected to the Hyatt though, so that makes it easy.

          Vitascope Hall, the sports bar, is terrible (not really I just don't want anyone to know about my secret Saints game day spot. It is really strange but the place is empty during games. I guess most people that go there beforehand are actual ticket holders.)

          1. All the meals are buffet? It sounds so strange. I think I might have to try it.