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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

Ha! I was in town with Alabama fans, but I was pulling for the Sooners. I actually didn't mind missing the first half, because I thought it would be a boring, Alabama blowout. Needless to say, I was excited to watch the second half.

Jan 23, 2014
JBFletcher in New Orleans

Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

Herbsaint doesn't have a tv. I missed the first half and watched the second half at Tracey's.

Jan 23, 2014
JBFletcher in New Orleans
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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

I am too, karendor!

Jan 16, 2014
JBFletcher in New Orleans
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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

Note that Verti Mart's bread has sesame seeds on it, which could be an issue for some people. The shrimp is what set their poboy apart from Tracey's, though both were great to me as an out-of-towner.

Jan 16, 2014
JBFletcher in New Orleans
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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

I am finally posting about my NOLA trip during the Sugar Bowl. My summary is kind of long, so you are forewarned!

On the day of the game, my friends and I stopped at Verti Mart before checking into our hotel. We got there around 2, and it was packed. The kitchen was in the weeds, and I waited a long time for my shrimp poboy. It was worth the wait. The shrimp had a bite to them and were perfectly fried.

The night of the game, I had a Sazarec at the Sazarec Bar and nice glass of red at Domenica. I then walked to Herbsaint and had no trouble getting a seat at the bar. I started with a wonderful Satsuma Rye Old Fashioned. For food, I had a bowl of their gumbo special--rabbit and duck, I believe. The gumbo was very good and had a very dark roux. I also ordered the spaghetti with guanciale and a fried poached egg. I wanted to eat at Herbsaint because of this dish, and it exceeded my expectations.

Friday, we had lunch at Luke. I ordered a cup of gumbo. It was good, but I think Herbsaint's was better. My friend and I shared raw oysters, boiled shrimp, frites, and jalapeno grits. The grits were the standout of the trip. My friend is a very picky grits eater, and she is still raving about them.

Friday night, we went to Tracey's to watch a game. Our group of three ordered a shrimp poboy, fried okra, and boudin. We tried to order the boudin balls, but they were out until the next day. The kitchen didn't have any balls ready but had just finished cooking the boudin. So, we ended up with a plate of hot boudin, and it was fantastic. Neither of my friends had ever had boudin, and both ended up as big boudin fans by the end of our meal. The poboy was good (but not as good as Verti Mart's), and the okra was what you would expect from a sports bar.

We left on Saturday and stopped at Butcher for lunch on the way out of town. I had the bacon melt, and we split sides of brussels sprouts and mac and cheese. The bacon melt was good. I ate half of it at Butcher and the other half somewhere in Mississippi. I think I liked it better cold. Brussels sprouts and mac and cheese are two of my favorite things, and both of these dishes were delicious. I brought a cooler with the intention of bringing food from Bucher back home, and all three of us ended up buying items to go. I bought several pickled items/relishes, as well as another order of brussels sprouts and mac and cheese. Both held up fine in the cooler (though the boxes got a bit wet) , and the mac and cheese heated up well. (I like my leftover brussels sprouts cold.)

Finally, I also had drinks at Felipes, Molly's at the Market, Coop's, Erin Rose, and the Ritz Carlton bar. I particularly enjoyed late night at Erin Rose. They have a great jukebox, and we were the only tourists there.

It was a great trip. I hope to come back soon and focus my efforts Uptown and in the Bywater.

Jan 15, 2014
JBFletcher in New Orleans
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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

I had thought about a progressive dinner from Herbsaint to Clancys! I just read about Annunciation, which is owned by a former Clancy's chef and has the oysters and brie appetizer that I have been eyeing on their menu. Annunciation is within walking distance of Herbsaint. Hmmm, indeed.

Dec 30, 2013
JBFletcher in New Orleans
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Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

Your dinner at Herbsaint looks and sounds great! Thanks for the reply and picture. I imagine the further away from the Quarter I go the better, but maybe I can try Herbsaint first and get a cab from there if necessary.

I saw Cochon Bucher on your 2014 revisit list. I hope to go by there before leaving town Saturday and getting a few things to go. A friend brought me pickles from Bucher last year that were amazing.

Dec 30, 2013
JBFletcher in New Orleans

Dinner during the Sugar Bowl

I've never been to New Orleans during the Sugar Bowl but am headed down with some friends early Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon. I would like to have a nice, solo meal on Thursday night during the game. Would bar dining at a place like Herbsaint be possible during the game without a serious wait? Clancy's is another option that I have considered, as I would like to make sure I am out of the Quarter for as much as possible that evening. (Assuming that cabs will be plentiful.)

Thanks in advance.

Dec 30, 2013
JBFletcher in New Orleans

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Time to make reservations for our trip!

I really want to have a good Cacio e Pepe, so for Thursday I am down to possible 6:30 reservations at Lupa, I Sodi, or Maialino. (I know Maialino is in Grammercy, but I wouldn't mind going there if worth it.)

I can only get a 5 o'clock reservation for The Little Owl on Friday. It's doable, but I would prefer to eat later. I am currently thinking about a 7:30 reservation at Cafe Cluny. Both the atmosphere and the menu look like it would appeal to me and my mother. Thoughts?

Aug 30, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Thanks!

Aug 18, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Thanks! Choosing where to go for Italian is tough, as they all look good to me.

Aug 18, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Thanks, Kathryn.

If we were decide to have afternoon tea one day would the view from the Mandarin Oriental be worth the trip? If not, Bosie Tea Parlor looks like a good choice (from your reference above and things that I have read in threads about tea service.)

Aug 16, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Wow. Gotham's Greenmarket lunch looks great. I can't believe it's only $25 for three courses.Thanks!

Regarding Murray's Cheese Bar, their flights of cheese sound like a fun way to get ideas for cheeses to purchase at the store to take with us on the next leg of our trip.

Aug 16, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Thanks! I've though about getting a pizza at one of the places on Bleecker the night that we don't go out. I will check out the menus for Co, Keste, and Motorino.

Aug 15, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

Thanks, Kathryn! I bookmarked your WV walking tour.

I think my mom can handle loud and cramped once. I don't think she would mind cramped and quiet otherwise. I've been to Balthazar twice, but it has been years, and you are right about the menu having more options for us.

Thanks for the suggestion of Mas Farmhouse. The menu looks great. Would you get a reservation to go there? Is casual dress okay? Yelp lists both Mas Farmhouse and L'Artusi as dressy, though I know the attire classification can be all over the place.

We almost reserved a place on the same street as Perilla, so it has been on my mind. I generally prefer to sit at the bar and eat, and Perilla's layout appears to appeal to the bar diner in me. I really want to try Kin Shops' lunch deal, but that's obviously out this trip.

Aug 15, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan

Thursday-Sunday in the Village in late September-help please

I finally joined the board and am delurking, as I am traveling with my 70 year old mother to New York at the end of September. We are staying in the Village very close to Lupa.

I don't like to have every minute of a trip planned, but I am thinking we will have one nice meal out each day and then grab things to go from delis, Murrays Cheese, bakeries, etc., to have in our apartment/eat at a park or on a bench. I would prefer the dress code to be casual, and the atmosphere to be laid back, and not super loud, though I don’t mind one of the three meals being at a sceney, loud place. (See my Minetta Tavern comments below). Right now, I am planning on the big meals out to be: lunch or dinner Thursday; dinner Friday; and lunch or brunch on Saturday. My mom does not eat eggs unless used in baking, so a brunch spot with multiple, non-egg options would be great.

I don’t eat meat often but will for a really good dish, and if I know the restaurant sources meats that are responsible raised. My mom’s palate and sense of adventure is limited, so I am looking for places to eat that focus on American/Italian/French. She also does not drink, so 30$-55$ per person excluding tax, tip, and alcohol.

I know I want to go to an Italian place with great pasta for one of our meals. I have been to Babbo and loved it. I am currently considering: Lupa, Otto, Osteria Morini, Malatesta, and Bar Pitti. I am also thinking about trying to get a reservation 30 days out at Minetta Tavern for a Thursday meal or Saturday brunch. Would it be worth going there even if we didn’t order beef? We love potatoes, and both the pommes anna and aligot intrigue me. Other restaurants that I have researched include: Little Owl, Joseph Leonard, ABC Kitchen, and Blue Ribbon Bakery. However, I have read so many great suggestions on this board for restaurants in the West Village that sounded great, so I am open to any and all ideas that fit our limitations.
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Thursday, we are going to stick to walking around the Village and Soho. The next two days are interchangeable as far as activities, but I am leaning towards: Chelsea Galleries and the High Line on Friday and the Met and Central Park on Saturday. I know the Met and Central Park will be more crowded on Saturday, but I visited the High Line on a Saturday last fall and it was packed.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for reading such a long post!

Aug 15, 2013
JBFletcher in Manhattan