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Walking from Trump Soho

Just wanted to report back...as it turned out, I had no time for anything but INSANELY overpriced room service at the Trump Soho. Booooo. Didn't even make it to Dominique Ansel for a cronut or anything else! BUT, I ended up having dinner out with friends on Friday night and we went to a delicious Italian place in the neighborhood called Aurora. I had the cauliflower/Brussels sprout salad (so good--I'll dream about this one), fritti misti (just okay, a tad overcooked) and the short ribs special which came with truffled polenta and roasted carrots (SO GOOD!) Full disclosure, I was starving when I ate this meal, but I stand by its deliciousness. : ) Also, got to have a slice of Joe's Pizza (on or near Bleecker St), so at least I got some delicious pizza in. The worst pizza in NYC is still better than the best pizza in LA, trust! Thanks for all of your suggestions--I will hold onto them for my next visit!

Oct 30, 2013
sarahvagaca in Manhattan

Walking from Trump Soho

Yum! Thanks, lacrosse_gastronomic!

Oct 23, 2013
sarahvagaca in Manhattan

Walking from Trump Soho

I will check it out! Thanks, downtownchica!

Oct 21, 2013
sarahvagaca in Manhattan

Walking from Trump Soho

Wonderful suggestions! Thanks so much, Kathryn! I don't know how much time I'll have, but it's a sin to go to Starbucks (or any chain) while in NYC, so I'll have this great list at the ready if the opportunity strikes!

Oct 20, 2013
sarahvagaca in Manhattan

Walking from Trump Soho

I'll be in NY briefly for work and staying at the Trump Soho Hotel. Any good take away places close by? Or restaurants that aren't too fancy for to go orders? Also looking for any special bakeries, doughnut or other sweet shops nearby. Thanks!

Oct 20, 2013
sarahvagaca in Manhattan

Dining during Mardi Gras (and the days leading up to it)

Got my magazine this week and will be studying it shortly! Thanks!

Feb 03, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Dining during Mardi Gras (and the days leading up to it)

My car will be in the garage, my fists in my pockets and my pee very much in private, thanks! : )

Jan 25, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Dining during Mardi Gras (and the days leading up to it)

Thanks for all of your feedback! I've been here since early November and will be doing my best to hit all my favorites over the next few weeks. I was just wondering if any will be available during that final week. I think I will make sure I've hit all my must-dos and consider anywhere I get to go during that last week as a bonus! Just lucky that my work is wrapping up the Friday before Mardi Gras and I get to stay until Wednesday!

Jan 23, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Pralines

+1 for Southern Candymakers!

Jan 14, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans
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Fun place to eat on a Friday night in the Quarter or CBD

I've been to Emeril's twice and the atmosphere has been "lively" (read: loud!) both times. Sylvain's has a back courtyard where you could make noise and not disturb anyone, but I was not as in love with the food as many others on this board seem to be. I don't think you'd be out of place at Herbsaint though. Perhaps you could even request one of the tables near the bar. Whatever you do, enjoy!

Jan 11, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Dining during Mardi Gras (and the days leading up to it)

So, I'm here in NO for work and will be leaving right after Mardi Gras. I know it will be crazy here (I'm staying in the CBD), but I don't really know what to expect. Do most restaurants stay open? Will it be impossible to get uptown by car? I've read that it might even be tough to cross Canal Street depending on the parades. Speaking of, are the parades at night or during the day? If I want to revisit some of my faves (like Commander's) before I leave town (Fri-Tues), will lunch or dinner be easier to get to?

I realize this is a little all over the place, but I just want to get an idea of what will be possible during my last week in town. I will be posting a my-trip-so-far report soon! Thanks!

Jan 11, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Galatoire's POOR service and CANNED Peas!

Just in from dinner and...we loved it! I absolutely adored the place and really liked almost everything we ate. I love good food but I don't always love very formal atmospheres. In the case of Galatoire's, it felt like sort of a game to try to fit in and I appreciated the very old school feel.

The meal started off funny--I didn't notice my boyfriend taking off his jacket when we sat down, but I did notice a couple across the dining room giving us the evil eye. I noticed my bf and told him that the jacket needed to stay on! He put it back on and I saw the glaring man say to his wife, "I think she told him." Ha! The woman was wearing fur, so they were very...old school. Ahem.

Our waiter was Sean and he was very nice but not overbearing. The dining room was very quiet when we got there at about 6pm, but it livened up as we were there. We started with the shrimp remoulade (thanks hazelhurst!) and the pommes souffle and loved both! I've never had potatoes like that before--SO good! My bf had the duck and I had the red fish with crabmeat Yvonne. Both were excellent! Oh, we had another fried potato dish (a weakness of mine), the potatoes Brabant. Essentially, just fried potatoes, but they were really good! For dessert, my bf had the bread pudding with a banana sauce and it was really good. I had the key lime tart and it was the only bad dish of the night. Well, not BAD, just not very good. The key lime filling was much too firm for me. It had a very thick, odd texture. I'm a more knowledgable baker than I am cook though, so I'm probably a little tougher on desserts.

So all in all, a good meal and a great experience. Great for people watching and definitely unique to New Orleans. Thanks to everyone for your input and interest!

Jan 03, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Galatoire's POOR service and CANNED Peas!

Will do! Thanks, hazelhurst!

Jan 03, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Galatoire's POOR service and CANNED Peas!

What did you find in your research, mstacey42? We are going there tonight for the first time, and now I'm a bit nervous! Ha! We will be dressed appropriately, no children in tow and arriving early so that we may sit downstairs...but we aren't locals. Any etiquette or ordering advice is welcome!

Jan 03, 2012
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Reveillon 2011

Ooohh, this sounds interesting! I'm new to New Orleans--actually, just working here for a few months--and hadn't heard about this tradition before. Are these menus typically available for the whole month of December or just around the holidays? Thanks!

Dec 08, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Christmas Eve recommendations??

We just had Thanksgiving dinner at Commander's Palace and loved it! Judging by how they handled that holiday, I bet they'll do very well with Christmas Eve. The menu offered a lot of variety--they had special holiday choices as well as some of their traditional menu items. You picked an appetizer, an entree and a dessert, and they had some additional side items that you could add on. The atmosphere was fancy but festive, and the service was stellar. I think they're a safe bet for your special holiday meal.

Dec 05, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Excellent! Many of these are on my list and you've helped solidify others that I'd been pondering. I haven't heard of Martinique Bistro, so I'll look into that one. Thanks so much!

Nov 29, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Ooh, good to know! I'm here for several months, so we'll definitely be visiting CP again. My list of must-visit spots is growing and growing as I read posts here on CH! So far, we've been to CP, Southern Candymakers, Jacque-imo's, Dante's Kitchen, Coquette, Luke, Bourbon House, La Bayou, Mother's, Joey K's and Cafe du Monde. Lots more on our list! If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks, bmoskowitz!

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Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

La Bayou
208 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 27, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Thanks! We went to the right from the main entrance and were seated in that room. It seemed like the main dining room, but I'm not sure. We had a really nice spot in the back corner of the room. There were lots of people passing by to be seated upstairs. I'm curious what it's like up there but glad we got to sit where we did!

Nov 27, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Your favorite NON-pie pumpkin dessert?

This is one of my favorite cupcake recipes. They're super moist and the brown sugar really comes through. http://www.marthastewart.com/317069/p...

Nov 26, 2011
sarahvagaca in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Commander's Palace was awesome! The special Thanksgiving menu was quite varied, with some of their regular menu items but mostly specials. My SO had a shrimp and Tasso appetizer with 5-pepper jelly which he absolutely loved. I had an escargot and bone marrow in bordelaise sauce for my appetizer which I really enjoyed. I love escargot and this was a different preparation than I'd ever had before. For the main course, my SO went with the duck and again, he loved it! He hasn't had duck very much but it was so good here that he'll definitely be having it again. I went for the traditional turkey and it was really good. I especially loved the oyster dressing, shrimp and mirliton stuffing and caramelized root vegetables. We got a side of sour cream mashed potatoes which turned out to be enormous but was delicious. My SO had a gingerbread upside down cake with pumpkin ice cream--again loved! I had the bread pudding souffle which is their specialty and I thought it was just okay. The service was impeccable--very attentive but also very warm and friendly. Everyone was dressed up and the atmosphere overall was quite festive. I would highly recommend it for Thanksgiving and am anxious to visit again on a regular night.

Thanks everyone for your recommendations. I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 26, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

There were some cancellations, so Commander's Palace it is! Thanks all for your input!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 23, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Yeah, the menu looks amazing! I love the leftovers at the bar idea!

Nov 18, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Thanks, bmoskowitz! Commander's is booked, but they said they sometimes get cancellations the week of, so we're going to try back next week. We have reservations at Ralph's, Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse and Brennan's as back-ups!

Nov 18, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Thanks, midcity! I was hoping to hear from someone who'd been to one of these places for Thanksgiving, so it's great to hear your feedback. We're leaning towards Commander's Palace but Luke's Thanksgiving spread sounds amazing, too. We'll be visiting both at some point, for sure!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 14, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Thanks, Bill! Good to know. I think we'll try Ralph's, just maybe not for this particular meal.

Nov 14, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

That's a great resource--thanks, califkatie! Guess I'll have to do the narrowing down on my own! :)

Nov 14, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Thanks, JazzyB! Yes, as I said, I've read and received helpful information on all the previous posts on this topic, including the one you referenced. I'm just looking for more specifics now that I have my list narrowed down. I'll check out The Rib Room.

Nov 14, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

A seriously detailed review of my 2nd trip to NOLA- 8 days of Delicious Blissful Gluttony!!!

Wow! What great reviews! I'm in New Orleans working for the next three months and will be using your post as a reference, for sure. Luckily, I can spread my eating out a bit! I'm determined to make it out if here with my waistline intact! Thanks!

Nov 13, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans

Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant!

Hello, all! I'm working in NO for the next three months and will be eating all that the city has to offer--can't wait! I've already had delicious meals at Coquette and Jacque-imo's.

My current focus is finding a great place for Thanksgiving dinner. I've read all the great posts here and looked at a bunch of the menus online and have my choices narrowed down to: Ralph's on the Park, Arnaud's, Commander's Palace, Bourbon House and Luke.

Can you help me make my final decision? The price doesn't matter, we just want somewhere nice with delicious food. And we are looking for traditional-ish Thanksgiving food. Can be new-fangled or fancy or have a NO twist, but there has to be turkey! If you want to throw a wrench in things and suggest a different place, that's fine, too!

Thanks for your help!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 13, 2011
sarahvagaca in New Orleans