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.
Marinated and fried frogs legs are served with sauteed baby spinach, oyster mushrooms and roasted garlic butter sauce. Baked Dover sole is filleted tableside and served with fingerling potatoes, celeriac mousseline and almond beurre noisette. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$