The Empire Bar is an elegant place to sip bartender Paul Gustings' Improved Pimm's cup and sample the Creole-French cuisine prepared by Broussard's Restaurant. Nods to Napoleon dot the cocktail menu (the Napoleon Complex is popular), while an adjoining courtyard provides a view of the French Quarter rarely seen from the street. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Broussard’s is celebrating its 95th anniversary with a menu of classics and new Caribbean-inspired items. Creole crab croquettes are served with avocado salsa, red chile crema and mango glaze. Broiled black drum Rosalie is served with haricots verts and ginger apple glaze. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$