Just returned from an eating trip to the city. All the NO hounds steered us to some good plces. We had a stupendous lunch at Palace Cafe (the Crystal Hot Suce Beurre Blanc with redfish was unforgettable), a great dinner at Mr B's (freeform crawfish ravioli! corned beef made from prime-grade brisket for St Patrick's!), a sensational meal of pate, choucroute and fresh oysters at Luke, and the best crunchy hot spicy fried chicken and best jambalaya I've ever had at Coop's. Feelings Cafe was pretty good -- the price was right, the dishes were well-prepared, and we loved the neighborhood. Not sure it's a destination for tourists in the FQ but it was a good find.
Only sour note was a restaurant I didn't select and which we'd been warned away from -- our (much older) friends insisted on Antoine's, which they remembered from their youth several decades ago. There was some kind of service meltdown -- dinner was 2 hours arriving (and we had 3 hungrykids with us) and tasted formulaic and seemed to have been prepared far in advance.