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thelonious777 Jun 20, 2013 05:06 AM

Better to reserve on the second floor or wait in line to eat downstairs?


  1. Bill Hunt Jun 23, 2013 09:16 PM

    For me, it's about MY time.

    Having dined both downstairs (and on Friday for lunch), and upstairs, I like the reservations, and seating upstairs, BUT I have done both. I find that I have less, and less time, to stand in line, and the same goes for my guests.

    If one has never dined downstairs, then the line is a must, to experience the tableau. Hazelhurst makes some great points, and offers a useful tip, about times/dates.

    I also agree on the dress, regardless of a stated, enforced "dress code," but that is probably just us.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt
      hazelhurst Jun 24, 2013 06:56 AM


      Meant to pass on the sad news that "Dot" Domilise died a couple of weeks ago. I think I read she was 90. Christmas won't be the same without her hanging her little decorations from the ceiling tiles..

      1. re: hazelhurst
        BrooksNYC Jun 24, 2013 10:24 AM

        Oh, no. I hadn't heard.

        Bless her good heart. She certainly had a long and active life.

        1. re: hazelhurst
          Bill Hunt Jun 24, 2013 07:34 PM

          Thank you for that sad news.

          You are correct, it will be hard to fill her shoes.


      2. Leo in BR Jun 21, 2013 09:26 AM

        Downstairs is the Galatoires experience and worth the wait - enjoy! Sazerac + Oysters Rockefeller + Trout Amandine = Happiness!

        1. f
          FileMan Jun 20, 2013 02:41 PM

          I like Downstairs ... Unique and old Nawlins!

          1. h
            hazelhurst Jun 20, 2013 05:34 AM

            Eat downstairs and dress, even if you miss the jacket requirement. times

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            1. re: hazelhurst
              thelonious777 Jun 20, 2013 07:38 AM

              I suspected as much (and I always dress up for dinner...)

              Thanks for your help!

              1. re: thelonious777
                hazelhurst Jun 20, 2013 07:49 AM

                Glad to have you on board. if you go at an off-hour there will be no line. so no waiting in the heat. your sartorial consideration is appreciated by the regulars. Since May 29, 1453, ( The Fall of Constantinople) it has been a fight to maintain civilization.

                1. re: hazelhurst
                  thelonious777 Jun 23, 2013 07:03 AM

                  This is seriously the best comment I have ever read on Chowhound.

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