Hi New Orleans 'Hounds! I'm doing some research my company's annual holiday party. Our party is in a different city each year and this year, I'm really pushing to have it in your fair city. I would really appreciate getting some thoughts on what restaurant you think best captures the flavor of New Orleans -- looking for spectacular food, excellent, but non-pretentious service, a great wine list and of course the ability to accommodate 80 people for a sit down dinner.
My preference would be a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine, rather than a generic "fine dining" menu. I would also prefer a spot where we could buy out the whole restaurant, but if you think someplace huge like Commander's Palace is the way to go, I would certainly be open to suggestions! As a reference, the last few years have been: Primo in Orlando, No. 9 Park in Boston, Blackbird in Chicago, Perigee in Toronto.
Thanks in advance for your help. I'm really hoping for this to work out!