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Good Restaurant to Propose At?

I was looking around the Commander's Palace website and it led me to another question...

I currently have reservations for 8:00PM on a Saturday night for dinner.

I assumed a fancy, romantic dinner would be the way to go for a proposal. Am I right? Anyone think I'd be better off or have a better experience if I attempted to make reservations during lunch or during one of CP's "Jazz Brunches"?

I'm still leaning towards the romantic dinner, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing out on something that could be more "special".

(Thanks for putting up with all of my questions and anxieties)

Feb 13, 2012
Harrison486 in New Orleans

Good Restaurant to Propose At?

Are you saying that proposing at dinner is a bad idea?

As far as my reservations at Commander's Palace, I requested a table in the Garden Room underneath the big oak tree. Does that sound good or should I ask for something different? Still have to figure out hat else I want (and can afford) to have set up at CP's for dinner.

Feb 13, 2012
Harrison486 in New Orleans

Good Restaurant to Propose At?

So as of now, I'm thinking about taking the streetcar down to the Garden District and going to dinner/proposing at Commander's palace. Then I was thinking about going to August the next day or two for the prix fixe lunch to continue the celebration and get our John Besh fix.

I am still holding a reservation at August however, and am still trying to figure out of it would be a better place to propose at. My girlfriend would definitely love the "Besh factor" but I don't necessarily want to propose there just for that, and give up the true NOLA romance of Commander's Palace (at least that's how I am picturing things)

Feb 13, 2012
Harrison486 in New Orleans

Good Restaurant to Propose At?

Thank you for all the response so far.

As for what time in the year, we will be going in late March, if that makes any difference.

Honestly my girlfriend is a huge Food Network/Top Chef/Anything-of-that-Sort fan and Besh has made many appearances to the point that we have always said we would like to go to one of his restaurants. As we're traveling to his part of the world, it definitely seemed like something to look into. However, we both just love great food and if Commander's Palace is head and shoulders above other restaurants in terms of romance/atmosphere/food, maybe Commander's would be better for the proposal and August would be better another time (ie. during lunch to take advantage of the $20.11 prix fixe)?

Feb 09, 2012
Harrison486 in New Orleans

Good Restaurant to Propose At?

Later this year, my girlfriend and I will be spending a few days in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to her, I am planning on proposing while we are there.

My original plan was to make reservations at Commander's Palace in the Garden District (a establishment that seems to continually get rave reviews and also seems to be regarded one of the most romantic restaurants in NOLA), charter a private carriage to take us to the restaurant, and then propose during dinner.

However, that does not look like it will work out as planned.

After contacting the carriage company, I found out that it would be $250 to take us from our hotel in the Central Business District to Commander's Palace. Unfortunately, as a poor student who is struggling just to buy the ring, that is not going to work. Even if I decided to do dinner in the French Quarter, it was still going to be $150+ to rent a carriage. Thus, it does not look like I am going to be able to swing that.

I am left with a few different options:

1) Keep my reservation at Commander's Palace and proceed according to the original plan, except for method of transportation. I Guess I would have to taxi or streetcar it from the Central Business District.

2) Choose a restaurant nearby the Central Business District, within walking distance of our hotel. Two nearby options are Restaurant August (my g/f is a huge Besh fan and has always wanted to go to one of his restaurants) and Le Foret (another place I see continually regarded as extremely romantic) - both would be about a 5 - 10 minute walk.

3) Choose a restaurant in the French Quarter, which would be a 15 - 20 minute walk. Two options there would be Muriel's Jackson Square (I keep hearing about some amazing balcony table) or Bayona (another restaurant that seems to be frequently recommended)

What do you think? Any ideas or suggestions?

While I would love to go all out, it is going to be hard to do financially. We are both food lovers and I am really trying to create a special, romantic, and memorable proposal dinner.

Feb 09, 2012
Harrison486 in New Orleans

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

Even though we didn't get there till 12:30/1ish we didn't have to wait for a table so I guess we got lucky. Although, next time Ill have to try to get there earlier and see if it makes any kind of difference

Jul 09, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

So I went to Jing Fong this morning and probably got there around 12:30-1ish... While the service wasn't necessarily the greatest, having to chase down carts and search for some unique dumplings was kind of fun. The huge hall had quite a nice ambiance also. While I am not dim sum veteran, I thought everything that we had today was very good. My only complaint would be that as it got later, the amount of carts flying by seemed to decrease...

Jul 07, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Where's a good Italian Restaurant in North West Jersey

Attilio's Kitchen on Diamond Spring Road in Denville, NJ

Jul 03, 2007
Harrison486 in General Tristate Archive

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

Thanks for that informative post!

I'm leaning towards Jing Fong for this first Chinatown dim sum experience, but maybe in a return visit I can try Dim Sum Go Go.

Chinatown Brasserie will have to go on my list as something I want to try one day also.

Jul 02, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

I will have to consider this...

Jul 02, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

I guess mainly because it seems to have pretty consistently decent food along with good ambiance and carts... I feel like this meal is going to be an interesting adventure...

Is dim sum go go heads and shoulders above places like Jing Fing in quality and other aspects? Enough to forgo carts?

Jul 01, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

Yeah it looks like that is going to be a little to much right now... I think we are leaning towards attempting Jing Fong...

Jul 01, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

Thanks for all the responses so far...

In response to the Chinatown/Manhattan vs Flushing and other parts: Im taking my girlfriend into Manhattan as she has never really been into New York City before. Im going to have to take her to all the touristy places that she wants to see, like Times Square and all, so I just figured if we are already gonna be there, might as well hit up Chinatown since its another place she wants to see...

To the Chinatown Brasserie suggestion: I have heard that this place is pretty good, but I have also heard that it is relatively expensive. Is it worth the extra money as opposed to trying some place in Chinatown?

As to where exactly in Maryland we had Dim Sum: I am not really sure where we were, but it was just a large room with various sized tables in it and carts coming by every few minutes.

I sort of liked the idea of Jing Fong (or some other large banquet hall) as it seems like it would be an interesting experience and all, with the many carts and large area. My only concern is it being overwhelming and not exactly novice-friendly. Am I wrong? This is the reason I was considering a place like Ping's, which I believe has carts but a much smaller eating area.

Jun 30, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan

Another Dim Sum Suggestion Request

Hey everyone! I know that there have been plenty of Dim Sum topics, and I have searched and read through many of them. However, even after having read through them, I am still uncertain of where to go.

Here's my story: My girlfriend is coming up to visit (shes from Maryland and I live in Northern NJ). We both go to the University of Maryland and have had Dim Sum once or twice at a local restaurant in a more Asian-dense area of Maryland. As she has mentioned wanting to see Chinatown a few times, I figured why not start off with some Dim Sum... Anyway, I am somewhat confused as to where to go. From all the previous threads I have read, I have basically narrowed the choices down to Dim Sum Go Go, Golden Bridge, Jing Fong, or Ping's. Am I missing some important choices? Anyway, I was wondering where you guys would suggest out of that list. Neither of us are speakers of any asian language and I am not completely certain that we remember the names of the foods we had liked or anything. Maybe you guys could suggest somewhere that would be relatively novice-friendly but not completely americanized? I know that one of the big issues is carts vs no-carts and as I have not yet asked my g/f her preference, maybe you guys could suggest one cart option and one no-cart option?

Note: I am not sure if this really matters, but we will probably be attempting to eat around 11:30ish am and it will probably only be the two of us...

Thanks so much.

Jun 30, 2007
Harrison486 in Manhattan