My husband and I are heading to NOLA for a ten day bridge tournament in late November which is being held at the Marriott on Canal Street. Top on our list is to explore the many fine restaurants. We have not been back to New Orleans in over ten years, the last time we made Jazz Fest. I was thrilled to discover this message board! Perhaps someone can provide advise before I start calling for reservations.
Three evenings we will be dining with a dear friend with a moderate hearing loss. Would appreciate any suggestions for quieter restaurants or special rooms or tables which would allow us to wine, dine and converse in relative quiet. I would like to start making reservations (to those that take them) soon and will arrange all my plans around the "good" quiet spots for those three nights.
High on our list (but VERY open to suggestions): Galatoires, Peristyle, HerbSaint-or-Bayona's, Mr. B's, Delmonicos, Gerard's, Rio Mar, GW Fins, Clancey's-or-Lee Circle. I know this board has had many final lists, shoot through mine and refine if you desire.
A few of the days in town we will be playing evening sessions of bridge and will need to dine earlier than ideal. Many restaurants don't start seating until 6:00, which would be a rush to truely enjoy a fine dinner. Any suggestions for more casual restaurants, tapas bars or fun diners that open early? I read some of you mentioning "early-bird" "price fixed" or "sample menus". Would love to hear suggestions.