Recommendations for small plates, drinks for a group
A group of about two dozen of us will be looking for a place for small plates, bar food, drinks, etc. on a Sunday evening in early November. We'll all be centered around the convention center, Hilton, Marriott, etc. Nothing formal, people will come and go as they wish. Any suggestions, recommendations? Thanks.
Happy Hour at Luke is great for raw oysters (50 cents each) and drinks (1/2 price), even on Sundays. Sylvain has good small plates, but it might be a bit of a walk depending on where everyone is staying.
Depending on what time the Saints play, many restaurants in that area may be extremely crowded on a Sunday evening, so consider calling ahead or going early to reserve space. If you stick to higher end restaurants that won't be as much of a problem.
You also may want to check out SouBou. While I don't care for it as a "sit-down" dinner, they do cocktails and small plates very well.