Formerly called Richard Fiske's Martini Bar and Restaurant, RF's has an old-school clubby ambience, with rich woods, intimate spaces and live music nightly. Martinis and craft cocktails are the specialties here, and native chef Jeremy Wells offers a menu of Creole dishes. Open daily. Full restaurant menu available. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. daily.
Seared scallops are served with rainbow potato hash and Herbsaint butter sauce. The gumbo features a dark roux, crawfish, oysters, crabmeat and shrimp. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Mocha masala latte is made with espresso, dark chocolate and house-ground masala spices. Affogato is a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso and chocolate, vanilla or caramel syrup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
This Marigny corner cafe bakes a variety of pastries in-house including blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed and carrot "sunrise" muffins. Stop by on Friday afternoons for the weekly fish fry. Regular New Orleans-style lunch specials include fried and baked chicken and stuffed bell peppers. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Fri. Cash only. $
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta filling, chocolate and pistachios. Gelato flavors include stracciatella, a Sicilian chocolate chip flavor. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $
Quiche flavors change weekly and feature seasonal vegetables. The Chocolate Overload cupcake is filled with chocolate ganache and frosted with chocolate butter cream. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $
Stroll through the 5-acre garden along walking paths, pedestrian bridges and reflecting pools arranged around 60 sculptures by European, American, Israeli and Japanese artists. A free audio tour is available. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.
The bar is upstairs at Baru Tapas, and it offers signature cocktails and seafood small plates including ceviche and oysters. The bar serves sangria, mojitos, pisco sours and a Paloma made with mezcal, grapefruit agave and basil. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7p.m. Mon.-Fri.