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30th Birthday Celebration: Emeril's or Bayona or _____

ktinbrooklyn | Feb 1, 201112:11 PM

I'm headed to New Orleans to celebrate a friend's 30th; there will be 6 girls in all. My friend has asked me to pick a restaurant for her birthday evening.

On my last visit, I ate at August and thought I died and went to heaven. As much as I'd like to repeat the experience, I'm too nervous to book there without knowing that everyone can cover what would be a sizable check.

My friend said something relatively fancy. I think she'd prefer to stay in the french quarter. I want to pick something that's right for the occasion but also fun; not too stuffy. She has never been to New Orleans. Does Emeril's fit the bill? It's not too casual is it? I'm wondering if anyone can give me a sense of the vibe. I always thought going to Emeril's would be kind of cheesy but after reading everything on this board it seems like many of you are fans.

I was also thinking about Bayona and Galatoires. My concern with Galatoires is the reservation policy; is the 2nd floor room as good as the 1st floor?

Or should I convince my friends that we should take a cab ride to Uptown or the Garden District? Namely thinking of Patois...

Thank you in advance for any light you can shed!

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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