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Lunch on the Lakefront

Thanks. I think I'm going to try Blue Crab. I'm not expecting a fantastic meal, but I hope the overall experience will be fun. And they're supposed to have decent cocktails.

Mar 07, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

Since we're on the topic of Donald Link's restaurants. Here is a short interview with the chef that was just published:
http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

Mar 07, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

Hazelhurst,

Can you elaborate on your comments about Peche? I've had dinner at the main bar and lunch in the dining room and was generally impressed with the food each time. I also love the room and general atmosphere. However, I do think the servers could be a bit friendlier and more interested in making sure you feel at home--is that your criticism or is it something more "calculated" in your view?

Mar 02, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

Since I live in Manhattan, can I be considered a finalist for the free food tour of Hell's Kitchen?

Mar 02, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Lunch on the Lakefront

Hi. I'm planning to try one of the lakefront restaurants in the West End for a casual lunch with some work colleagues in about 3 weeks. What's the best experience among the places over their--Blue Crab? Brisbi's? I'm looking for fresh local shellfish/seafood and an enjoyable atmosphere. Thanks in advance for your help.

Mar 01, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

I'll give your request a shot. No judgements. If I were going all day, and doing it on foot, I would think you could do it best in the French Quarter and CBD. I'd say start in the morning with beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde. Next, grab a bloody mary at Muriel's and walk through the French Market, stopping at their raw oyster bar along the way. Next, circle back to Sylvain for a Lagroni cocktail and some apps. Next, stop at the Erin Rose bar for a frozen Irish Coffee and a poboy from Killer Poboys located in the back of the bar. I would next hit Bar Tonique for a cocktail and then walk to Cane and Table for another drink and some more apps. Finish with the long walk into the Warehouse District and have drinks and dinner at Peche. I hope you're bringing friends to help eat all of this food! Let us know where you end up or if you decide to forego the crawl. An enticing idea, for good or bad.

Mar 01, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Blue Crab restaurant on Lakefront

Hi. Does anyone have an update on Blue Crab on the Lakefront? I'm considering having lunch their or at Brisbi's in about 3 weeks. Which do you prefer? What's the best experience on the lakefront in the West End?

Mar 01, 2014
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

A Mano closing

Is there an overall impression on this board of the Adolpho Garcia restaurant "empire"? I know it includes La Boca, Rio Mar, and Gusto. I've never eaten at these places, but have heard good things about La Boca and coincidentally found myself chatting and drinking with the very nice head chef while dining at the bar of another CBD establishment last time I was in NOLA. But I'm generally not eating steak when in NOLA. So, what's the best of the Garcia lot? And what would characterize a "Garcia" restaurant?

Aug 22, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

There are two, but they are not affiliated with each other. Liuzza's on Bienville is the one we are referring to. "By the Track" will always be included in the name if discussing the other restaurant, which is also good, btw. They have great gumbo and are famous for a BBQ Shrimp Poorboy.

Aug 22, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

I think you've made a wise choice. No, Coquette and Cochon are very different restaurants.

Aug 21, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

As noted by others here, there are several places you can try. In addition to Mandina's, Liuzza's is a local place in Mid-City that serves up all the local stuff in a neighborhood restaurant. I prefer Liuzza's to Mandina's. I also like Pascale's Manale on Napoleon Ave, Uptown. These are all pretty "classic" Creole Italian in that sense. Locals really like these places. Another place that I like is Jacques-Imo's Cafe on Oak Street Uptown. It gets some mixed reviews, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was good. Plus the Maple Leaf is next door and you can catch a good show there on Sunday night (assuming you're visiting over a long weekend?). If you're up for something a bit different, you might try Kermit's Treme Speakeasy on Sunday night. To get a table, arrive well before 6pm and have his red beans and rice. Then he plays a great show starting at around 7:30 or so.

Aug 20, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

Yes, I think the weather should be nice for outdoor dining.

As far as a "classic/traditional" dinner, many would say Galatoire's in the best old-world classic Creole restaurant and is a lot of fun. I don't think you can get a reservation downstairs, though. But you may not have a problem getting in or the wait may be short. Other "classic" choices include Commander's Palace, Antoine's, and Arnaud's. CP is better for lunch; I haven't eaten in the dining room at Antoine's or Arnaud's in many years, and reviews are mixed. Both have nice/fun bars next door. Hermes Bar at Antoine's has the full menu, I believe. Not sure about French 75 at Arnaud's but the bar is considered top notch.

Aug 20, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

I think your dinner choices are good, but I would swap out Luke for something else. The service/experience can be really spotty at dinner. Go for lunch or happy hour instead. You might try Sylvain for dinner. It isn't far from your hotel either. They have an outdoor area, good cocktails, good food, and a lively, cool atmosphere. For another fun place try Maurepas Foods in the Bywater, a young, "hip" area. They have great cocktails and the food is very good. Bacchanal is also in the Bywater and a lot of fun. They have a huge garden with good food, live music, and a wine shop in front. They recently added an indoor cocktail bar as well. These would be much more fun than Luke.

Aug 18, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Views on Root

I agree that the meal was excellent. It is not a place you go every day nor a "simple" meal. But some of things I tried at that meal were tastes I hadn't ever experienced and I was surprised by the taste of multiple dishes. As a jaded New Yorker, I resisted going, but am glad I did. That said, I won't be a regular on my frequent NOLA visits because of all the great choices there.

Aug 16, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Courtyard Romantic Dinner (besides Martinique Bistro)

Doesn't Commander's Palace have some outdoor seating in their courtyard? If not, you can sit in the Garden Room which has glass windows overlooking the outdoor area. I'm not sure about the outdoor options. It doesn't say on their website either.

Aug 16, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA- 3+ Days- help in setting our eating itinerary!

Definitely Elizabeth's over Stanley for breakfast. Stanley is fine, but not memorable. Elizabeth's is more interesting and in a less touristy neighborhood. I also really like Cake Cafe in the Marigny for breakfast and Satsuma in the Bywater for breakfast.

Muriel's is a gorgeous restaurant, but I'm not a huge fan of the food. It is worth stopping in for a to-go drink just so you can see it. Take your drink and walk through the French Market. Grab some raw oysters and do some shopping. It has really grown over the past few years and has a lot to see.

For cocktails, I agree that Kingfish is worth a visit. The food is very good too. Other bars worth visiting include Loa, Sylvain, and Cure, which is Uptown on the newly rejuvenated Freret Street.

Johnny's had a good poorboy, but I would instead try Killer Poboys in the Erin Rose bar. They have some great choices and the setting is fun. I've also heard the Frozen Pimm's Cup at St Lawrence is worth a try and the food is supposed to be good too.

For a nice dinner, I agree with the choice of Coquette. You should also try one of Donald Link's restaurants. The latest is Peche, a seafood-focused place that I really liked. Link's other restaurants, Cochon and Herbsaint, are also both excellent, Herbsaint being the most upscale of the three.

Aug 16, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans
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NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Thanks. The Coquette menu looks interesting--I think I would order a few of the apps and skip the entrees. A visit is probably overdue.

May 03, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

I have not been to Coquette so must consider it. Maurepas is a fun spot. Got a ride home from the chef when we couldn't get a cab last time. Nice guy.

May 03, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Thanks for your thoughts on Serendipity. I'm sorry to hear that you dont think it worthy. ive been to, and enjoyed,
Domenica and Sylvain. Is RRevolution a fun bar atmosphere? I am a fan of twelve Mile Limit too. What about Toup's, Dominique's, and Boucherie--thoughts on these?

May 03, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

I've been thinking over my itinerary today and steadily drinking to help me make a sound decision.

Based on your input and my own research, here's where I'm netting out for dinners:
Thursday: Peche. I think I must try it no matter what, since I LOVE Link's other restaurants.

Friday: Toup's Meatery or Boucherie? Leaning toward Toup's based on the menu and location.

Saturday: Serendipity. Is it worthy of a dinner? Two Mid-City dinners in the same trip?

Sunday: Borgne

Apr 27, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Goodbye Coop's, Hello Bacchanal

It is a very impressive streak--enjoy the fest!!

Apr 27, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Interesting. Thanks. I figured as much about Rene Bistrot, but am a bit surprised and disappointed to hear about Kingfish. Do others agree? Are these initial growing pains or is this simply a flop?

If not Kingfish for dinner, where? I'm down 2 dinners at the bar now...

Apr 27, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Goodbye Coop's, Hello Bacchanal

Great post. I look forward to a cocktail at Bacchanal when I come down in early June. I assume the kitchen is open late? I actually discovered Bacchanal before going to Coop's. But it was before they added the bar upstairs. I love the place. Great charm. Good food. Good crowd. I sat at the bar at Coop's on a visit last year and met a couple of cool young women from San Francisco who didn't know NOLA well. But then I got to act like a real local by telling them where to eat and what bands to see. I'm sure locals experience that all the time.
Just an aside: I'm in a similar boat to you, having visited New Orleans often enough to experience it in a way that is not touristy, if not truly local. I love Jazz Fest, but I don't tend to go for the big festivals, because I enjoy the City more when it isn't so crowded. I love being able to pop into any concert venue in town at the spur of the moment, unlike New York where I have to plan everything in advance. While I do hope to one day be a local, that's for another day.

Apr 26, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

I'm still trying to decide on a 4th dinner locale. I still have like 6 weeks, so plenty of time to decide. I forgot to ask about Dominique's on Magazine. Any comments on that place as a dinner at the bar option? And what's the word on Rene Bistrot? I don't hear much about it these days. The menu doesn't thrill me, but menus can be misleading. I do like the menu (and cocktail list) at Dominique's. I'm obsessed with the Vieux Carre. Order it whenever I see it listed in New York (which is to say, very rarely).

Apr 24, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Thanks again for the input. So for dinners, I think I've settled on 3 of my 4 meals: Peche, Kingfish, and Borgne. For that last dinner, I'd like to try one more place I haven't been yet. Which of these would you recommend the most: Boucherie, Coquette, Lilette, La Petite Grocery, Rene Bistrot, Serendipity, or Toup's Meatery. Again, looking for a comfortable bar where I can enjoy some great local food, with great cocktails and service and a fun crowd.

Apr 20, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Boatman: how is the bar at Borgne if I want to eat dinner there? Is it large like Domenica or smaller like August?

Apr 17, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Thanks. Someone told me the brunch was really good, but I don't think it is making the final cut. I've seen the space and don't really care for it, either. It is very much a hotel restaurant and I don't care for that open floor plan.

Apr 17, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Thanks for the feedback. I got married across the street from Buffa's and have been there for a drink--nice vibe in the front room. Last time I was down in January, I took a cemetery tour conducted by one of the band members in Some Like it Hot. They play the Sunday brunch. So I'll try to go. And I'll take your advice about arriving early. I'm not sure if Peristroika @ Pravda will still be open when I'm there so the spot may be in the renovation stage during my visit. A good rum bar sounds like a nice idea, especially with this ownership group. I'll do some research on Killer Po-Boys and St Lawrence. Thanks again!

Apr 17, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

Hello, fellow Chowhounders. I'm a regular visitor and will be coming down in June and it is the first time I've visited NOLA by myself when it wasn't for work so I'm really excited to plan this trip. I love sitting at the bar for dinners so I'll be doing that every night. I'd love some feedback on nice dinner choices, as well as a mix of casual and nicer lunch ideas (full disclosure: I have a RB poorboy fetish). Money is not a factor for this trip. Here is my current dining itinerary:

Lunches: I arrive Thursday morning and want to get a roast beef poorboy on the way into the City from the airport. I have already been to Crabby Jack's, so am thinking of trying R&O. Good choice? For my other 4 lunches, I need some help narrowing down my list. I'm thinking of these places for sure:
1. Cafe Reconcile (I know one of the chefs and want to support a good cause)
2. Buffa's for Sunday jazz brunch.

Lunches 3-4 thoughts include: Dat Dog on Freret, Boucherie, Coquette, Lilette, La Petite Grocery, Rene Bistrot, Serendipity, Toup's Meatery, and/or Crescent City Pie and Sausage Co. (I will also head to Butcher on my way out of town for a Muffeletta for the plane.)

Evening Cocktails:
I'm staying at the Hotel Modern, so will go to Barocq for a drink first. Other cocktail bars I would like to visit include
Loa
Cure
Twelve-Mile Limit
Bacchanal (upstairs)
Sylvain
Other suggestions?

Dinner at the bar ideas are heavily weighted toward new(ish) places I'd like to try:
Kingfish
Restaurant R’Evolution
Peche
Borgne
SoBou
(Hopefully there will be more information on the really new places before my trip).
Other ideas include:
Something Besh (Domenica, Luke, August, Borgne)
Something Bywater: Maurepas, Mariza, Booty's
Root
Criollo
Sylvain

Have I missed anything that has opened in the last 2 years that I must try at some point (lunch or dinner)?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and reactions.

-Brett

Apr 16, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans

Whoa...Bayonna needs Restaurant Impossible help

I went to Bayona for the first time back in January. While the food was excellent, the service was not very good. It left a bad taste, so to speak. But I liked the ambiance and got to meet the chef so that was nice. They do this weird thing where they have 2 servers splitting our table and they explained this to us when we were seated. We liked one of them, but the other was a mess.

Apr 10, 2013
bmoskowitz in New Orleans