We arrived in New Orleans just before 8:00 pm -- the first time, we realized, we've ever landed at night -- and quickly (I've *never* seen so little traffic on I-10!) made it to our hotel, the Le Meridien.¹
We actually arrived at Lüke for dinner a bit early, in terms of our reservation, but it was Christmas night and being seated early wasn't a problem. Lüke, however, can itself have its share of problems .
-- The front room can be (and often is) on the loud side, so much so that as a party of five at a rectangular table, it became difficult to hear. This is, of course, systemic and doesn't change. (The back room is quieter.)
-- Bring Christmas night, I have to say both the kitchen and service were a bit "off," but only in terms of timing -- NOT in terms of food (see below). Certain things came out almost too quickly; other things seemed to take forever. For example, Lüke offered two types of oysters, and we ordered six of one, and a dozen of the other. The order of six came in a relatively timely fashion, but the 12 seemingly took forever, arriving long after the (cooked) appetizers were finished, and just before the entrées. It also took a (relatively) long time to get the wine we ordered to accompany our entrées. This, however, is more appropriately chalked up to Xmas night, rather than being "the norm" in our experience.
That said, the food was, as always, wonderful and delicious! The rabbit & chicken liver pate was silky smooth and satisfying; the brussels sprouts crispy and tasty; the crabmeat maison flavorful and tangy. The Drum was perfect, as were the shrimp & grits and the moules frites.
Lüke remains, for us, one of those places you can count on for good food and good drinks. It may not be our favorite place in New Orleans, but it always satisfies.
¹ Formerly the Hotel New Orleans, formerly the W Downtown -- I guess it depends upon what day of the week it is.