New Orleans


Peche Seafood Grill

Located in the artsy Warehouse District, the corner restaurant is known for its crackle-skin, whole-fish preparations, but the little things, such as smoked tuna dip with Saltine crackers, are the stuff of last-meal requests.


Located in Mid-City in a commercial strip mall zone, this internationally praised restaurant with a glass-box vibe turns out inventive Vietnamese-Louisiana cuisine, from distinct takes on pho and shared bowls to what-the po’ boys. 

Commander’s Palace

Suit-and-tie up as the locals do for lunch, and you may be lucky enough to secure a sunny upstairs table by the windows at this turreted, sprawling, iconic temple of taste in the heart of the Garden District.


Who would think that this year-old Uptown Israeli restaurant would be the hottest and most buzzed-about ticket in a town known for its French Creole? Chef Alon Shaya rightfully won the James Beard Award this year for Best New Restaurant: South.

Galatoire’s Restaurant

Jacket and tie are required—and no sneakers or jeans—at this spit-polished, circa-1905 bastion to fine French Creole cuisine in the most unlikely area of the frozen-daiquiri-stand Quarter. But this is anything but a stiff-shirt scene. On Fridays from 11 a.m. on, the city’s power elite let it all hang out with table-hopping not seen since the flapper era. Order crabmeat maison, shrimp rémoulade, and some off-the-menu fried chicken for the table.

Crescent City Steaks

You might have to bust out the GPS, but in a city bursting with quality steak houses, none compare to this old-school, Mid-City classic, for character and bloody good meat.


On a tranquil Uptown corner, this New Louisiana-cuisine restaurant and bar is helmed by chef Chris Lynch, and is a local go-to for shrimp and grits, upscale bayou entrees, and its uber-attentive owners. Weekend brunch is a get-in-line situation with live jazz and a comprehensive, do-it-yourself Bloody Mary buffet.

Bacchanal Wine

Nestled in the Bywater neighborhood, the wine package store grew from its two-story corner space into a buzzy small-plates restaurant featuring “Mediterranean minimalist” cuisine. Take a first date there and you, sir, are getting laid.

Square Root

If you like your mussels steamed in cigar boxes, this is your place. The experimental, newly opened two-story restaurant and bar encompassing an Irish Channel corner, has become the city’s top “gastronaut” star.

Casa Borrega

This authentic Mexican fonda newcomer, operated by a Mexico City transplant and housed in a colorful Greek Revival (with an ancient-ruins-style courtyard), is both romantic and bustling, with regular live music. Among the Santeriainspired shrines, the chicken mole is exact and the margaritas pure.

Cane & Table

New Orleans has gone tiki-drink crazy, but the standout is this local-favorite, sugarcane-and-rum-loving French Quarter restaurant and bar. A great day-date stop-in.

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