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Commanders on Monday plus Bday rec

llinza | Jan 23, 2012 01:40 PM

My husband and I will be visiting Sat. Jan 28th - Thurs. Feb 2nd and I've become overwhelemed with choices! We have had two prior visits (pre and post Katrina) but both trips involved travel companions who limited our food itinerary.

This time it is just the two of us and we are looking forward to a relaxed schedule with lots of time for eating, wandering and indulging in some cocktails. We are staying at the Monteleone and will not have a car but are happy to hop in a cab or on the streetcar.

We have never been to Commander's Palace or Galatoire's but we thought we would visit Commanders for lunch Monday. Is this worthwile or will it be empty? Would we better off having lunch at Galatoires? I assume husband would want to wear a blazer for both of these at lunch?

It will be my husbands 50th on Tuesday so I'd love to take him for a special dinner but I've become glassy eyed with choices. We are most interested in food/atmosphere that we would not find in NY.

Places that are on my list;

Green Goddess -had a fabulous brunch there last October and definitely want to go back
Mr. B's for BBQ Shrimp and gumbo - on list last time but did not make it
Drago's for oysters - I know Hiltion gets mixed reviews but NYC doesn't really do grilled oysters
Coquette/Patois/Herbsaint/Dante's Kitchen- all of these menus look great! Would any of these be suitable for a birthday? Would August be more birthday worthy?
Parkway Tavern for Po boys
Pascal Manales -is this worth it or is Mr. B's a better choice?
Cochon - the menu is intriquing, thought it might be place to just get some small plates at the bar.
BonTon - this seems appeallingly old school

we also plan to visit City Park one day (possibly Sunday) any good options nearby?

We generally like to have an idea of where we want to go without being tied down to too many reservations - but I'm not sure how feasible that is.

We plan on drinks at a number of venues including the Roosevelt hotel, Napoleon, Tujaques, Hermes Bar and of course a number of spins on the Carousel!

The more I read peoples trip reports the more I wish we had more time to visit!

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