The elegant mahogany bar with amber lighting on the front and deep blue walls, leather chairs, banquette couches, dim lighting and large common table invite an upscale crowd of W Hotel visitors and local luminaries. Jazz, blues and rock ’n’ roll photographs by Jim Marshall add a music theme, while DJs spin tunes. Craft cocktails and standards like the Sazerac fill the drink menu. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: yes. Flat-screen TVs. W Hotel,
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
Serious sports fans appreciate the 12-foot TV, and there’s a 52-inch high-definition Golden Tee for gamers. You can get two-for-one drinks all day to get you warmed up for trivia games, darts and video poker. Burgers, smoked ribs and brisket, tacos and more are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi.
Sucre offers gelato, pastries and assorted sweets. Salted caramel macaroons are part of the New Orleans macaroon collection, which includes flavors like Southern pecan, cafe au lait and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $
The crisp sweetbreads and waffles tasting plate includes a quail egg, Smithfield ham and maple demi-glace. Shrimp and foie gras dumplings are served with braised greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Soft-shell crab Salvatore features two fried jumbo soft-shell crabs topped with creamy crabmeat and shrimp sauce and served with mixed vegetables and potatoes. Sicilian-style char-broiled oysters are topped with sweet butter, Romano and Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and Pinot Grigio. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Yellowtail and jalapeno saba features thinly sliced yellowtail topped with cilantro, minced onion and jalapeno, and house-made citrus-soy shizu sauce. The rice paper roll includes fresh salmon, tuna, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, smelt roe and crabstick in rice paper and is topped with a trio of sauces. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
This restaurant bar promises loud music, lots of sake, beer and cocktails, plus a full menu of Japanese cuisine — all without breaking the bank. Sake hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday offers half-price large hot sake, Kirin beers, sake cocktails and appetizers. For added entertainment, watch sushi chefs prepare your food. Open daily. Smoking: patio only.
FQB at the Ritz-Carlton
Jeremy Davenport plays across the hall at Melange now, but FQB is still an elegant spot for a well crafted cocktail.
Port of Call is known for burgers featuring thick half-pound patties served with a baked potato laden with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. For a side item, order mushrooms sauteed with wine and garlic. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
This famous French Quarter spot isn’t just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there’s a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.