Later this year, my girlfriend and I will be spending a few days in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to her, I am planning on proposing while we are there.
My original plan was to make reservations at Commander's Palace in the Garden District (a establishment that seems to continually get rave reviews and also seems to be regarded one of the most romantic restaurants in NOLA), charter a private carriage to take us to the restaurant, and then propose during dinner.
However, that does not look like it will work out as planned.
After contacting the carriage company, I found out that it would be $250 to take us from our hotel in the Central Business District to Commander's Palace. Unfortunately, as a poor student who is struggling just to buy the ring, that is not going to work. Even if I decided to do dinner in the French Quarter, it was still going to be $150+ to rent a carriage. Thus, it does not look like I am going to be able to swing that.
I am left with a few different options:
1) Keep my reservation at Commander's Palace and proceed according to the original plan, except for method of transportation. I Guess I would have to taxi or streetcar it from the Central Business District.
2) Choose a restaurant nearby the Central Business District, within walking distance of our hotel. Two nearby options are Restaurant August (my g/f is a huge Besh fan and has always wanted to go to one of his restaurants) and Le Foret (another place I see continually regarded as extremely romantic) - both would be about a 5 - 10 minute walk.
3) Choose a restaurant in the French Quarter, which would be a 15 - 20 minute walk. Two options there would be Muriel's Jackson Square (I keep hearing about some amazing balcony table) or Bayona (another restaurant that seems to be frequently recommended)
What do you think? Any ideas or suggestions?
While I would love to go all out, it is going to be hard to do financially. We are both food lovers and I am really trying to create a special, romantic, and memorable proposal dinner.