It’s New Orleans. We don’t eat to live here, we live to eat. So when we get approached with the same question of “Where should I go?” all the time from visitors, it’s no surprise that question is a loaded one. We don’t have a top 3 favorite spots – we have a top 50 favorite spots and it changes every month! But fret not, we’ll be damn sure to tell you about them.
In week 4 of our 5 go-to spots in NOLA series, we’ve got haute cocktails, Asian fusion and fab brunch picks on deck to please any picky out of towner or indecisive babe who’s looking to get outside of the French Quarter dining scene this weekend.
2800 Magazine Street
Coquette is a local’s Magazine Street staple that is always at the top of our list for a nice dinner with friends or a romantic date night. With a rotating menu full of creative, seasonal dishes it’s a spot that simply doesn’t go out of style. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to stop in for No Menu Tuesday at least once in your New Orleans dining career.
Happy Hour: Seaworthy
630 Carondelet Street
Tucked at the bottom of the Ace Hotel, this unassuming oyster bar feels like a luxe NYC hideaway on the inside and offers a picturesque courtyard for casual post-work happy hours. Our favorite drink, quite possibly ever, is a standout on the cocktail list. Stop in for a Holy Water, a dozen oysters and thank us later! Happy hour is Monday – Friday, 4-6 p.m.
611 O’Keefe Avenue
NOLA meets Southeast Asia at the new-ish, elevated sister restaurant of MoPho. If you’re craving something out of the ordinary, or have a palate for unique flavors head down to this CBD hot spot or catch Dim Sum on the weekends. You won’t be disappointed.
3607 Magazine Street
Cavan’s gorgeous patio outside of a classic 1800s mansion makes this Garden District gem the perfect setting for a boozy brunch with your babes. Brunch is served Friday – Sunday and offers a menu full of classic breakfast favorites alongside hearty hangover cures like fried oyster sandwiches and double stacked burgers. While the food is fantastic, Cavan’s killer brunch cocktail menu really steals the show with Rosé Sangria, Micheladas and Mai Tai’s that will make you forget all about your boring mimosas.
Late Night: D.B.A
618 Frenchman Street
If a little live music and dancing is up your alley, head to the Marigny to catch a show at D.B.A., a Frenchman St. music club where you’ll find a mix of locals and tourists alike.