Dining Among Friends

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SW/NOL’s guide to the intimate dining you’ve been yearning for

New Orleans is a city of food connoisseurs, and why shouldn’t it be? We have some of the most talented chefs creating some of the most innovative food in the world. But every once in a while, it’s not just the food that needs to be exceptional. Special occasions call for a more intimate dining experience, a place that makes an impression on your guests. So, for your next celebration, big date or important meeting, take a page from us and encounter another side of dining in New Orleans.

Emeril’s
For an interactive experience that’s sure to delight, don’t pass up an opportunity to eat at the Chef’s Table at Emeril’s. Located in the kitchen, you can decide what you’d like to eat by watching how the dishes are prepared and by asking questions about ingredients and cooking styles. This table is separated from the main dining room by an LCD screen where, with a flip of the switch, you can make the screen become clear or opaque depending on whether you prefer to dine in private, or to see and be seen in the dining room.
Emeril’s is located at 800 Tchoupitoulas Street.
The Chef’s Table at Emeril’s can seat up to 8.
Cafe Adelaide
When the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra was looking for a secluded yet festive site to introduce its new Music Director to a few community leaders, Cafe Adelaide was the perfect spot. What could be more elegant than cocktails al fresco on the adjoining Piazza d’Italia, followed by dinner in the private Turtle Room at the rear of Ti Martin and Lally Brennan’s elegant restaurant in the heart of NewOrleans?
Cafe Adelaide is located at 300 Poydras Street
at the Lowes New Orleans Hotel.
The Turtle Room at Cafe Adelaide can seat 28.

Lilette Restaurant
Located off the main dining room, Table 51 is perfect for a romantic interlude or a business meeting. The French and Italian fare of chef-owner John Harris, named Food & Wine magazine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs in America for 2002. Try the white truffle Parmigiano toast with mushrooms, marrow and veal glacé, the grilled beets with goat cheese and walnuts and don’t miss the goat cheese quenelles for dessert. Actress Aisha Tyler from E! has requested Table 51, but most regulars of this special section are not famous, just discreet. The interior of this converted classic drugstore is replete with modern architectural details, which are highlighted at Table 51. It’s no surprise that Travel and Leisure termed it the sexiest dining room in town.
Lilette Restaurant is located at 3637 Magazine Street.
Table 51 seats a maximum of six.
Flowers provided by Mitch’s Flowers, 4843 Magazine Street.