If you're looking for fancy dining on the cheap, get your palates and wallets ready for a couple of upcoming promotions.
In August, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes COOLinary New Orleans (www.coolinaryneworleans.com). The dining promotion features high-end restaurants offering discounted prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Restaurants already signed on to participate include GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; www.gwfins.com), Cafe Degas (3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635; www.cafedegas.com) and Marti's (1041 Dumaine St., 504-522-5478; www.martisnola.com).
We Live to Eat restaurant week is Sept. 8-14. Sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association (www.lra.org), the week will feature discounted prix fixe menus ($20 or less for a two-course lunch, $39 or less for a three-course dinner) at more than 50 of the city's top-dollar restaurants, including Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St. 504-528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com), Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com), Borgne (601 Loyola Ave., 504-613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com), Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; www.galatoires.com), Arnaud's (813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com) and SoBou (310 Chartres St., 504-552-4095; www.sobounola.com). For information about We Live to Eat restaurant week, visit www.welivetoeatnola.com.