OK, chowhounders, here's what we're lookin' for...
We're experienced 'hounders from the East Coast, and loooove good food and wine. We travel for pleasure at least a couple of times a year, and do it in cities known for their cultural and culinary offerings. We were in New Orleans eleven months ago, and had an absolute BLAST at several incredible restaurants from upscale to just plain good food, including Bayona, Peristyle, Marisot, Bon Ton, Coop's, etc. We enjoyed the food, culture, art, shopping, style, etc. to the utmost... I'm still trying to talk my partner out of picking up and moving south... you get the picture.
Anyway, we're fortunate to have the opportunity to go back in February, and we're flying in from the Mid-Atlantic on Saturday early afternoon. We'll spend most of the day checking into our guest house and doing some light sightseeing (he's a huge history buff), but here's the deal-- I'm looking for a recommendation for a great early dinner Saturday night.
Sunday at 1 pm we have reservations for jazz brunch at Commander's. I know mixed reviews have been posted, but for us, we love going to Commander's Sunday brunch for fun-- we order a great bottle of champagne, and have a helluva lot of fun for a long few hours just eating good food, listening to fun music, talking to each other, unwinding, and just generally enjoying being together.
What I'm looking for is a recommendation for a restaurant for Saturday night. We'll be beat from travelling all day, but jazzed about being in New Orleans and excited about eating great food. So we're looking for something kinda upscale that has excellent food, with an atmosphere that's neither too stuffy nor too wild, where we can get an excellent meal on a Saturday night with a six 'o clock or so reservation. A dessert or a couple of drinks after dinner, but not so that we'll party too late and be too hung over an we'll blow our Sunday brunch reservations at 1 p.m.
I bow to the masters... what do you recommend?