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Oslo, Norway
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New year in New Orleans

A friend and I will be celebrating New Year in NOLA this year. Can anybody recommend a restaurant with a band, view and good food?

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1. Re: New year in New Orleans

Can you narrow your preferences somewhat? View of what? (river, Bourbon St.?) What type of food? What type of music? Does it have to be a restaurant? Many folks go out to eat and then on to a club for drinks/music.....

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2. Re: New year in New Orleans

New Orleans is about food and music, you can't turn around without getting food and music. Just go and you will be surrounded by food and music. View? Not so much, really nothing to look at.

"Oh look, the river...picture picture picture...got it, OK, let's get more food and music!"

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3. Re: New year in New Orleans

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to reply.

My friend and I are in our 40's (but we are not a couple), We are looking for a place where we can reserve a table and we don't mind splashing out this night so maybe French cuisine or some other place with an ambitious kitchen.

When it comes to music at least we would not like very experimental jazz, but a live band playing music people would dance to. With view I was hoping to see fireworks.

Hopefully this helps to find a memorable place to wish 2013 welcome :-)

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4. Re: New year in New Orleans

I agree that a view isn't really important since the levee blocks the river view from nearly every restaurant anyway! Pick a place with good food and music and then join the crowds at midnight for the fireworks!

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5. Re: New year in New Orleans

French- Cafe Degas on Esplanade, Antoine's, Restaurant August

Contemporary Louisiana-Cafe Amelie on Royal

The Pelican Club on Exchange Place

EAT on Dumaine

K-Paul's on Chartres

Chartres House Cafe

Muriel's at Jackson Square

Palace Cafe on Canal

Mr. B's

Red Fish Grill on Bourbon

These are just a few in the Quarter or on the edge of the Quarter....around town there are just too many to mention..

For Jazz and a nice dinner you might try the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Decatur. For Jazz after dinner, you might like Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton, or Irvin Mayfield's in the Royal Sonesta, Fritzel's is a good, but small jazz cub on Bourbon, along with Cafe Beignet at Legend's Park which is an outdoor venue with snacks on Bourbon. It is a good idea to have reservations for dinner, of course, and also some of the music clubs take reservations for NYE, so you might have to decide earlier than you would like!

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6. Re: New year in New Orleans

Most of the fine dining restaurants do not offer live music, except for maybe a strolling jazz band. One exception is Palm Court Jazz Cafe, playing traditional jazz (Dixieland), see:

http://www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com/

Several bars offer a variety of music and really upscale bar food, such as Hermes Bar (Antoine's) and Three Muses.

However, there are two venues which have IN THE PAST offered contemporary music, upscale buffet, and a VIEW (including the fireworks) all in one place.

One is the Riverview Room, a banquet facility on one of the upper floors of the Jax Brewery next to the River. They have had a live dance music, deluxe buffet and view from the terrace New Years Eve party for years. They have not posted on the web for 2012-2013 yet, but see:

http://www.riverviewroom.com/newyears.html

The other is Westin at Canal Place. Last year they had Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys (contemporary Cajun music), and buffet in their ballroom overlooking the River. Here is a notice from a previous year:

http://www.westinneworleanscanalplace.com/nye

Most venues will not start posting their specific New Years Eve plans until late November. But New Orleans offers PLENTY of live music and dancing of all types, dining of all types, and places from which to view the New Years Eve fireworks, just not many offering all from the same site.

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7. Re: New year in New Orleans

Thank you all for kind replies. :-)

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