since i took advantage of the posters and information available on this board, i thought it only fair to report back, if briefly.
galatoire's: a big surprise. i thought it would be impossible to get into on a friday evening, and be a drag. it was a total gas. food was good enough, and the old world experience was keen. looked like locals there. fun. just fun. i'd go again.
arnaud's, carousel bar, napoleon house. arnaud's the star here. fantastic cocktails, top notch room. carousel a little disappointing. drinks good, room only o.k. meh. napoleon house was a great room, but the manhattan i had was n.g. still, a cool place, and i'd go back there and try and order better.
cafe du monde. interesting people watching.
coop's: love the vibe of the place, loved our server. good food. i'd go again.
sylvain's: had a cocktail or two. excellent. ramos fizz i had there the best drink i had in nola.
three legged dog: nice change from the kind of places i'd been going. had a good beer in a plastic cup.
bar at pere marquette: fantastic, knowledgeable bartendress. very well executed, excellent drinks. would return.
herbsaint: i enjoyed this place, but not sure i ordered all that well. good charcuterie plate, but no real salumi that night, and that was disappointing. house spaghetti and field peas were highlights. would go again for sure.
atchafalaya: bloody mary bar is always a bad idea. decent pimm's. the food was really, really good. tasty grillades and grits. friendly folks.
gott's: just had a drink while others ate, so can't judge the food. it looked o.k. the cocktail was o.k.
american sector: a not good moscow mule.
borgne: sat at the bar, had decent drink and tasty app. intrigued.
r'evolution: a great restaurant i would recommend to anyone. some very well made cocktails, mind blowing charcuterie plate. delicious quail would definitely return.
cafe du monde. see above.
felix's. would return. the people that work there are awesome the food darn good.
sazerac bar at roosevelt: great room, a good not great ramos fizz. i'd give them another shot.
need to explore the more outlying areas next visit. thanks for the help.