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Friday, April 25, 2014

Where to eat after Jazz Fest — Part 5: Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Chiba. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Chiba.

All week long, we’ll be looking at dining options around some New Orleans neighborhoods that are featuring night concerts after the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Part 1: The St. Claude Avenue scene.
Part 2: Around Tipitina's.
Part 3: The Canal Street theater district.
Part 4: Near City Park

Long-time taverns Carrollton Station (8140 Willow Street, 504-865-9190) and Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak Street, 504-866-9359) are hopping during Jazz Fest.

Boucherie (8115 Jeannette St., 504-862-5514)
Chef Nathanial Zimet leads the house band in this cozy former cottage, which turns out Southern-based plates; try the signature (and award-winning) po-boys. A nod to global cuisines, too, means that the Reuben’s made with pork belly, blackened shrimp come with grit cakes, and there’s usually house-fermented kimchi on the menu. It’s ramps season, so look for them here roasted with ricotta ravioli, grilled with ribs, and in sauerkraut. Pair dinner with an excellent and wide-ranging beer list, as well as lush desserts; reservations are a must.

Oak Wine Bar (8118 Oak St., 504-302-1485)
Sexy players meet here for glasses of wine and sleek plates, all smartly curated. The cellar stores about 100 wine bottles, arranged by taste rather than region. Among the shareable small plates, try the rich poutine, crab fritters, Gulf shrimp tacos and flatbread (recently, topped with fried pork belly and pickled carrots). The expansive dining room also has a small stage for live jazz, funk, soul and blues.

Chiba (8312 Oak St., 504-826-9119)
The late-night reverse happy hour is made for post-show goers. Here, “reverse” specials run nightly (on Wednesdays, starting as early as 4 p.m.) and include $3 bottled beers, select $3 sushi, $3 steamed buns (pork belly, panko oyster, chicken katsu) and $3 desserts (tempura-battered blueberry bread pudding, mochi). The regular menu is thoughtful and broad, and seafood lovers will take to the jeweled sushi rolls and fresh fish flown in weekly from Hawaii. Chiba will open the Sundays of Jazz Fest, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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