I'm helping plan two days worth of meetings at the Ritz Carlton, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for restaurants where we could hold dinners for the group. I went to school in New Orleans for a year, but that was long before Katrina, so I am unsure what restaurants are left and still tasty. A few requirements: must be able to hold a group of between 12-18 people, must have liquor, prefer to be an easy trip (walking, cab, streetcar) from the hotel, and must be able to get out of there with a bill that is under $125 per person including tax, tip, alcohol, etc. This group is not overly stuffy, and this will not be a dinner with solely a business focus but instead will simply be a dinner amongst people who work together and don't get to see each other in person very often. The only cuisine I know of which isn't particularly popular with the group is Asian Fusion, and there are no vegetarian, kosher, or food allergy issues to worry about. Oh, and two members of the group are from New Orleans, and thus probably won't be interested in a gimmicky restaurants such as those of Emeril, etc.
Also, one of my managers suggested we shoot to get a reservation at GW Finns for one of these nights. Does anyone have any comments on that restaurant? Thanks in advance.