I was recently conversing with a person who loves ethnic eateries (as do I) and was complaining that New Orleans lacked in that department. I agreed to an extent and then listed a few of my favorites places. He had no idea some of these existed. So I thought I would list a few here and also get some more suggestions:
Hong Kong Market- on the Westbank, one of the largest Chinese markets I have ever been too (this includes NYC and DC).
Pho Bang, Tan Dinh, and Nine Roses- all wonderful Vietnamese restaurants that compare favorably to what I've eaten in NYC, DC, and Paris.
Horinoya, Kanno- great sushi, not quite as good as either of the coasts, but better than most cities our size.
Taco San Miguel- if you haven't tried this place, you should. It really is that good, if you can get past the neighborhood. El Gato Negro I would also say is very good.
Jamelia's- great Morrocan/Tunisian food on Maple.
Byblos Market- on Vets, great ethnic groceries.
Siamese- my favorite Thai, their curries and soups are amazing, but their pad thai is just okay.
Bennachin- wonderful African food.
Carnaval- I lived in Brazil for a bit, and this place is authentic, and is comparable to most "kilo" eateries in Rio. I was told they are importing Copine soon for those who know how delicious this cut of meat can be.
Baru- great central american food.
La Boca and Rio Mar- grouped here due to a common owner, these are must visits in my opinion...Rio Mar has the best cevishe I have ever had.
I would love a reccomendation on real Italian- Eleven79 and Giovanni are good...Mosca's and Tony Angelo's are better, but none compare to East Coast Italian. Sandro's is pretty good too.
I feel we lack in Chinese too..my favorites are Five Happiness and Royal China on Vets.
Although not ethnic, I felt obliged to include Stein's Deli on Magazine for a great NY jewish deli, and St. James Cheese Co. on Prytania for a wonderful assortment of cheese from around the world.