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Hadi Ktiri
February 04, 2015

Virginia might be for lovers, but NOLA is for romantics.  Everywhere you look in this city there are beautiful couples hand in hand. If you’re in town for a first date, there are tons of great lunch spots like the Latin powerhouse, Johnny Sanchez or the delightfully Tiki, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29. The best thing about lunch is that there isn’t too much of a commitment. Even if the date goes horribly wrong you’ve only wasted an hour—and you’ve eaten some great food. For those who are already hitting it off well, I’d suggest an intimate place like Boucherie or Doris Metropolitan. Long and intimate dinners are a tradition in New Orleans. I could ramble on forever about the many legendary and delicious restaurants in this city. So if it’s love and romance that you crave, check out these fantastic restaurants and be prepared for an evening of delight.

French 75 Bar

This swanky cocktail lounge is famous for its namesake cocktail the French 75, which is made with Cognac, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne.  Low antique settees line the walls and are perfect for getting close to that special someone.  Make sure to ask the bartender to see the Mardi Gras museum which displays an array of beautiful ball gowns.

August

The flagship of the John Besh restaurants, August is one of the nicest dining experiences in the city.  Come for dinner and get the degustation menu with wine pairings.  It does a brilliant job of taking the sometimes stressful decision-making process away and turns the evening into more of a relaxing guided tour.

SoBou

Make sure to sit at the bar for this one.  Native New Yorker Abigail Gullo runs the cocktail program here and she does a fantastic job of creating innovative cocktails that pair perfectly with the food.  Try the Taylor Bird Sazerac with the delicious Smashed Red Beans and Pork Belly.

Cochon

Known for its brilliant and delicious obsession with pork-based food, Cochon is a staple in the local’s dining circuit.  Great for lunch or dinner, the menu features items like Rabbit and Dumplings, an amazing Boucherie plate, and the always faithful Louisiana Cochon with turnips, cabbage, and cracklins. 

Sylvain

A favorite among celebrities, locals, and travelers alike, Sylvain is the benchmark all other restaurants are measured against.  The staff quietly delivers excellent service so the dynamic and sometimes rock and roll atmosphere can take the stage.  Try the Loose & Conversational cocktail and for food get the brilliantly delicious Southern Antipasti.

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