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NYE: Irene's or Tommy's?

Hi all!

I'm taking some friends out for NYE dinner and we'll be going to the House of Blues afterwards. Have been looking for Italian places within a reasonable walking distance from HOB, and both Irene's and Tommy's seem to garner favorable reviews here. I haven't been to either, though I've seen Tommy's menu online and have read that the two are fairly similar given the connection between the owners.

My concerns are quality of the food, atmosphere, and showing some New Orleans first-timers a good time. I don't know how quiet or intimate we can expect anywhere to be on NYE, but I would definitely lean towards that sort of experience. Would anyone suggest one place over the other, or am I in good hands at both?

Thanks, any thoughts are appreciated!

Dec 14, 2007
kbonilla in New Orleans