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New recommendations for anniversary dinner, please!!!

froggie74 | Dec 22, 201305:02 AM

We are excited to be heading to New Orleans, yet again, to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday, coming up in January. We haven't been in 3 years; we used to go once a year. This is also our last hurrah trip, as I am pregnant (no alcohol or raw oysters for me this trip :(). Last time we were there we did the August Friday lunch, which we plan on repeating for my birthday. We are a little stymied for our anniversary, which is three days before. Years ago we did Stella twice for our anniversary. While some dishes were very good, others were underwhelming, and the service was rather stiff, so we don't plan on returning.

I know August would top many people's list, but since we are doing Friday lunch for my birthday, we want to do something different for our anniversary. We really like the look of Clancy's menu, and we've never eaten there, but are afraid from what we've read in posts that it may be too loud and not feel like a special occasion. We don't need it to be ultra-formal service to feel special, but we want really good food and service that makes us able to feel like we are having a special time, not service that makes us feel like we are at any random dinner.

As I said above, I won't be drinking, so that isn't part of the deal for this occasion. We do like seafood and traditional NO food. We live in NYC, so can do other stuff whenever, but like to immerse ourselves in NO when there. I have never been to Commander's Palace, and know people recommend it for special occasions, but more recent reviews seem mixed. Also looked at Galatoire's, where I have never been but always mean to go but am not sure how it would be for us as first timers for our anniversary.

It's on a Tuesday, btw, and any recommendations would be very helpful.

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