DJs spin the tunes and a sharp-dressed crowd turns up on the weekends at this sleekly appointed club near the corner of Tulane and Broad. Friday’s happy hour stretches from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and a free buffet to get you through to dinner. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: yes.
The traditional steakhouse offers New York strips, bone-in rib-eyes, porterhouses, filet mignons, lobster tails and more. Beef carpaccio is thinly sliced raw tenderloin topped with balsamic reduction, horseradish aioli, Parmesan, arugula and capers. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
The Roma special sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and mushrooms. Chicken Caesar salad is finished with house-made Caesar dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait, iced cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar, as well as fountain drinks. Drive-thru is available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $
Fried bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing. Lizardi rolls are egg rolls filled with cabbage, crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish and topped with sweet chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
There's live jazz every day starting at 10 a.m. at this dog-friendly patio bar, which has a courtyard with life-sized bronze figures of New Orleans' music greats. Traditional cocktails like old fashioneds and bloody marys are the most popular, and guests who order specialty drinks get to keep the glass. The cafe serves breakfast, pastries, sandwiches and New Orleans dishes. Open daily.
Ralph Brennan's cafe serves creative Creole dishes as well as raw oysters, which are 50 cents each during happy hour. The cocktail menu features house versions of many classic drinks, such as a blood orange margarita made with El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, blood orange puree and sour mix. Happy hour features half-price drinks. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ethiopian stews and dishes are served with traditional injera bread. Yebeg alicha is diced lamb in sweet garlic-ginger curry sauce. The vegetable combination plate includes spicy red lentils, split peas cooked in mild onion, garlic and ginger sauce, sliced cabbage and carrots in mild sauce and potato and carrots in curry. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The buffet offers a large selection of local seafood, Southern favorites like fried chicken, Asian dishes and a 40-item dessert bar. Friday nights feature seafood specials and Wednesday is prime rib night. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
The Empire Bar is an elegant place to enjoy classic Southern cock- tails and is known for its absinthe selection. You can order Creole-French cuisine from Broussard's Restaurant. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The bourbon filet is grilled and topped with bourbon mushroom sauce and penne quattro formaggi. Brick Oven chicken is a grilled chicken breast with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, green onions and lemon-butter white wine sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The spacious Roost Bar at the center of the renovated Creole restaurant has an aviary theme with murals and bird cages. Happy hour specials are available in the bar and courtyard and include discounts on Champagne. The Rooster Royale features sparkling wine, citrus liqueur and cranberry juice. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu. and 8 a.m.-7p.m. Fri.
Oxtail is prepared in a stew with vegetables and gravy and is served with broad beans. Jerk chicken comes with plantains and two sides. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$