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Best way to have the best experience at Galatoire's and Antoine's?

dolphin146 | Apr 23, 2012 09:53 PM

I will be in town in June (third visit, first post-Katrina) for 10 days and I fully intend to dine at these two legends. I have eaten at Galatoire's before (upstairs, it was terrific all around) but never at Antoine's.

I don't need (but would always welcome) ordering advice. I will be dressed in dress shoes, a seersucker suit, a tie and a Panama hat (I always wear coat and tie to dine out at any place above a sandwich stand). I have eaten in top-shelf restaurants in six countries, so I know how to conduct myself (generally) in fine establishments, I tip generously and am there to enjoy myself, not nitpick and critique every tiny point.

Extensive reading on these two places, though, seems to indicate that maximum enjoyment (which I surely wish to receive) comes with unlocking certain secrets of each place. Now since I am not a local -- wouldn't mind being one though!!! -- and don't wish to pretend I am one -- couldn't anyway -- just how is this done? Or I am over-thinking and should just go and eat away and have fun? Any little secrets that could make for a special night?

Any advice would be warmly welcomed and I can offer info on Philadelphia/NYC/Paris dining in return for your time and effort. Thanks.

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