8 Hot Restaurants to Try for Your Next Date Night

Restaurant openings in New Orleans seem almost as common as Mardi Gras ladders on a parade route. While the fall season has lead the way for some new spots, we've also had some old favorites reinvent themselves. Here's a list of some new places to try on your next date night.

Curio

The French Quarter’s newest restaurant lands on Royal Street. The bistro offers an eclectic menu of seafood and meat dishes with a modern twist. Shrimp boulettes, sea scallops, short ribs and chicken Clemenceau are just some of the dishes featured on the lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant is open seven days a week with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.  Photo courtesy: Curio

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Gabrielle

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina shuttered the popular restaurant, Gabrielle reopened in a new location in Treme. Fans will find some of the old favorite dishes on the menu including the famous slow roasted duck.  Photo courtesy: Gabrielle Facebook

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Ted Brennan's Decatur

Named in honor of the man who ran Brennan’s for 40 years is his tribute restaurant, Ted Brennan’s Decatur.  Although Ted passed away before the restaurant opened, his dedicated chef, Lanzone Randolph made the transition to the new establishment. You’ll find some Brennan’s favorites on the menu like turtle soup, eggs sardou and bananas foster.  Photo courtesy: Ted Brennan’s Decatur Facebook

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Briquette

Opal Basil chef, Robert Vazquez, recently opened this new contemporary coastal cuisine restaurant in the Warehouse District.  Briquette features a large, open floor plan with the entire kitchen enclosed behind a generous viewing window. The menu focuses heavily on seafood with pompano, redfish, cobia, yellowfin tuna and sea bass being offered on the menu. Briquette is now open for dinner service seven days a week.

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Nomiya

As Noodle and Pie closed on Magazine Street back in May, another new ramen spot opens up. Nomiya has a simple menu that focuses on their featured item – pork ramen.  You can try it creamy or “too spicy.”  Guests will also find pork buns and edamame on the menu as well.  Photo courtesy: Nomiya Facebook

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The Mason Jar American Kitchen

If you’re looking for an affordable place with good food this is your spot.  The Metairie restaurant features a menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and daily “blue plate” specials like white beans and catfish, bacon-wrapped hamburger steak, and red beans and rice. The restaurant prides itself on being family friendly, so if you can’t find a sitter on “date night” this might be the place to check out.  Photo courtesy: The Mason Jar Facebook

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Brasa Churrasqueria

Meat lovers rejoice! A Latin-inspired steakhouse takes residence in Old Metairie. Edgar Caro of Baru Bistro and Tapas and Basin Seafood and Spirits opened the steakhouse earlier this summer with a goal of offering regional ingredients with a Latin flair. It’s more than just a steakhouse, the menu also includes ceviche, sweetbreads, grilled avocado and roasted whole fish.  Photo courtesy: Brasa Churrasqueria

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NOLA

Emeril’s French Quarter restaurant closed briefly during the summer for an extensive renovation. Those changes included transforming the bottom floor into a more casual dining area with a large bar and lounge.  The menu also went through some changes. It features more small plates such as oyster and brie pot pie, smoked blue crab cheesecake boulettes, mussels sauce piquant and a few Asian-inspired appetizers such as alligator sausage bao.  The restaurant also launched a daily happy hour with $5 snacks, well drinks, select wines and specialty cocktails.  Photo courtesy: NOLA

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