Another "Please Critique My Weekend Itinerary" Thread
First-time visitor to New Orleans from NYC during May 11-14 (staying at the Roosevelt). I've scoured other threads and have definitely been able to tweak my own choices based on the advice already provided, but I would love a quick eyeballin' of what I've got so far. I am traveling with one other person (originally from SFO), we have no dietary restrictions, and we both want a balance of local classics and modern takes. We both love discovering unique, hidden treasures but appreciate the flair of established places worth the $. For drinks (both refined and divey) we're keen to try Cure, One Eyed Jacks, Lafitte, Carousel, Country Club, Flanagans, d.b.a., etc.
Friday night: drinks at Sazerac, dinner at Arnaud's, explore the FQ
Saturday brunch: Commander's Palace
Saturday dinner: Herbsaint
Sunday: swamp tour in the morning; brunch at La Petite Grocery
Sunday dinner: Lüke
Monday lunch: Cochon
Based on the typical portion sizes unique to NOLA, I've left the afternoons open for neighborhood exploring, either by foot, cable car or rented bicycle (we are not renting a car). If hunger strikes, I'm hoping we can just waltz into the likes of Acme, Cafe Du Monde, The Joint, etc. for snacking. I understand it's a short amount of time to get everything in, but I am looking at this as an "intro" trip and plan to return for a longer stay at another time in the future.
I wouldn't waste a dinner on Luke. Maybe explore Uptown- Dante's, Brigtsen's, Boucherie, Coquette... If you're having brunch at LPG, you can make a day of exploring Magazine Street, shopping, stopping for drinks and snacks, etc.
Skip Cochon. Not worth a meal on such a short trip. Maybe go for gumbo yaya and bbq shrimp at Mr B's instead?