If Bacchus, the Greek god of the grape, came to earth, he'd be sure to stop at Restaurant Cuvée, a new wine-and-dine in New Orleans. The light fixtures in this decidedly masculine brick, iron, and dark-wood restaurant are made from bottles of Veuve Clicquot and Perrier-Jouët. And Cuvée's fastidious French sommelier will never let your contemporary Creole meal pass without the perfect pairing. Would that be a $1,750 double magnum of 1971 Chäteau d'Yquem Sauternes from the 1,400-bottle cellar?Restaurant Cuvée, 322 Magazine St., New Orleans; 504/587-9001; dinner for two $120.
—Malia Boyd