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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Bacchanal Wine

Recommended by: Chris Stang (Co-Founder, Infatuation)

If lounging around in your backyard with a glass of wine in hand is a favorite pastime of yours, then this is the place for you. Bacchanal runs its operations with a self-serve, retail format, which means you pay for your food and drinks upon entering, before making your way upstairs or outside to a large, lush [...]

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Brennans

Recommended by: Marc Forgione (Chef/Owner, Khe-Yo)

Brennan’s takes Creole fare and gives it a sophisticated, upscale flare. While the fine-dining restaurant is famous for its bubblegum-pink façade, its opulent breakfasts and bananas Foster flambéed tableside are what truly keep both tourists and locals coming back for more.  Make a Reservation. www.brennansneworleans.com  

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Casamento’s

Recommended by: Chris Stang (Co-Founder, Infatuation)

There will definitely be a line at Casamento’s, but that’s expected at an iconic oyster restaurant that’s about to hit the century-old mark. The decor hasn’t changed since it first opened, so don’t expect much interior-wise. The small, no-frills space is designed for easy clean-up and fast turnover, so keep your focus on the food. [...]

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Chiba

Recommended by: Abigail Breslin (Actress)

This exotic and contemporary Japanese restaurant on the popular Oak Street has a menu that’ll take you by surprise. Keith Dusko, the chef in charge of Chiba, describes the restaurant’s cuisine as “traditional Japanese favorites with a New Orleans twist.” Uncommon, offbeat fish is readily available on a nightly basis and sushi rolls are often filled with unconventional [...]

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Cochon

Recommended by: Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), Gillian Jacobs (Actress), Amber Stevens (Actress), David Burtka (Actor), Andrew Steinthal (The Infatuation), Chris Stang (The Infatuation), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Actress), Billie Lourd (Actress)

If you’re not a fan of pork, Cochon is definitely not the place for you. The rustic yet contemporary restaurant is located in a renovated warehouse, and serves pig-centric, Cajun dishes that are rich with spices and creativity. Make a Reservation. www.cochonrestaurant.com

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Commander’s Palace

 Recommended by: Camila Alves (Model)

For an extravagant and memorable Creole dining experience, this is the iconic eatery that everyone can agree on. Reigning as the city’s most popular restaurant for nearly twenty years, Commander’s Place guarantees the royal treatment. www.commanderspalace.com

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Coquette

 Recommended by: Camila Alves (Model)

Chandeliers adorn the ceiling at Coquette, where you can find contemporary southern cuisine with a farm-to-table philosophy. Expect a daily-changing menu of elegant dishes and a generous variety of wine, beer, and cocktails. Make a reservation. www.coquettenola.com

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Crescent City Steaks

Recommended by: Kristin Hadeka (Owner, Brooklyn Slate)

Rumor has it, the folks at Crescent City Steaks invented the New Orleans style of charbroiling steaks in sizzling butter. Carnivores, this is the place for you. The menu is as classic and straightforward as it gets, and the charming dining room’s nostalgic ambiance is so fitting for a town so rich in history. Make [...]

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Domenica

Recommended by: Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante)

Israeli chef Alon Shaya unifies his heritage with regional Italian cuisine at this casual, cosmopolitan restaurant. Wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas and house-cured meats keep the crowds coming and the atmosphere vibrant. Domenica’s happy hour is incredibly popular and is not to be missed, so long as you can handle a bit of a wait, and a [...]

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Herbsaint

Recommended by: Gillian Jacobs (Actress), Kim Dickens (Actress)

New Orleanian chef Donald Link marries French, Italian and Southern cuisines at his upscale modern bistro on the historic Saint Charles Avenue. The nondescript exterior hides an elegant setting perfect for romantic dinners, as well as business lunches. Make a Reservation. www.herbsaint.com

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Jacques-Imo’s

Recommended by: Amber Stevens (Actress)

Reservations fill up weeks in advance at this Creole/Cajun mecca that celebrates both Southern food and hospitality. Specialties include roast beef po’ boys, smothered rabbit over grits and a shrimp and alligator sausage ‘cheesecake’. Arrive early enough and you may be one of the lucky few who have had the chance to dine on top [...]

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Johnny’s Po’ Boys

Recommended by: Rutina Wesley (Actress)

Smoked sausage, hot roast beef topped with fried shrimp, veal parmesan, French fries – these are just a few of the things you’ll find stuffed in a po’boy at Johnny’s, the oldest family-owned po’boy restaurant in the world. Leave your expectations for trendy, comfortable dining at home, and be prepared for a crammed lunch counter [...]

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K Pauls

Recommended by: Alex Guarnaschelli (Top Chef)

Paul Prudhomme is considered to be one of the original kings of Creole cooking, so you can trust that you will be taken care of at K Pauls, his upscale but laid back restaurant in the French Quarter. Open kitchens occupy both floors of the 19th century townhouse, giving diners a show to enjoy alongside [...]

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La Petite Grocery

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor), Chris Stang (The Infatuation)

At La Petite Grocery, contemporary, high-end Louisiana fare is served in the form of blue crab beignets, steak tartare with quinoa, buttermilk, horseradish and caviar, and the famous turtle bolognese, which marries bucatini with sherry, parsley, and a fried soft boiled egg. The charming upscale restaurant caters to New Orleanians with refined palettes as well as leisure travelers [...]

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Mona’s Cafe

Recommended by: Kim Dickens (Actress)

Mona’s Cafe offers a retreat for those who wish to take a break from the rich and heavy cuisine of New Orleans. Moderately priced Middle Eastern food is served in a laid-back, no frills environment. Kebabs are grilled to perfection, pitas are warm and pillowy and the hummus is the perfect amount of creamy. The [...]

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Nola

Recommended by: Jennifer Beals (Actress)

This upscale casual restaurant right in the heart of the French Quarter boasts a truly eclectic menu. Prime seating location here is hands-down the chef’s bar in front of the wood-fire oven. Try the warm Ooey Gooey Cake: moist chocolate cake with marshmallows and coffee ice cream. And of course, the Shrimp and Grits are [...]

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Pascal’s Manale

Recommended by: Alex Guarnaschelli (Top Chef)

This vintage Uptown restaurant has been serving its famous barbecue shrimp since 1913. Paper-covered tables and French bread served in brown bags make for a casual environment fit for a casual dinner. Embrace the bib and strap it on proudly, because chances are, the meal will be a messy one. If you’re more of an [...]