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Romantic Dining: Housed in a historic French-Creole building downtown, Restaurant August's dining room features grand French doors, exposed brick walls and elegant chandeliers. The menu offers delicately prepared masterpieces of haute cuisine, such as "lasagna" of rabbit, veal sweetbreads and grilled lobster. A creative selection of starters includes asparagus salad with crabmeat, baby greens and truffles vinaigrette, and warm goat cheese with frisee, Seranno ham and sour cherries. Sound selections of martinis and international wine and beer complement the fare. This upscale John Besh dining mecca can be found on Tchoupitoulas Street in downtown New Orleans. Be prepared for a life changing dining experience.

Best Restaurants: A native of Southern Louisiana, chef John Besh creates extraordinary Creole-influenced French cuisine in an atmospheric 19th century French building aglow with chandeliers, French doors and sexy red leather seating. THe winner of just about every culinary award out there, Besh is a C.I.A. grad who worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before coming back home. His menu always delights, with creative fare like his B.L.T.--buster crabs, lettuce and heirloom tomatoes and Louisiana rabbit with morels served with sage grits. The award winning boutique wine list is a stunner. A lovely special occasion spot worth gussying up for and if you're feeling flush, get the chef's tasting with paired wine. Expensive, but over the top.

Group Friendly: August spotlights John Besh's Creole-influenced contemporary cuisine in a former grocer's warehouse space now aglow with French doors, red leather chairs and chandeliers. Besh keeps one foot in his native Bayou and the other in the big city, putting out creative fare like his B.L.T.--buster crabs, lettuce and heirloom tomatoes and Louisiana rabbit with morels served with sage grits. The menu offers delicately prepared masterpieces of haute cuisine, such as "lasagna" of rabbit, veal sweetbreads and grilled lobster. The upstairs private dining room can seat 100 or 120 for a reception style event. For a more intimate soiree, the Chef's Tasting Room can seat 12 and features a customized Chef's Tasting Menu.

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Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:

Romantic Dining: "Come for lunch if you don't want to break your budget but come for dinner if you are looking to impress."

Best Restaurants: "Come for lunch if you're on a budget, but come for dinner if you are looking to impress."

Group Friendly: "If you really want to impress a crowd, opt for the chef's tasting menu."

Best for Romantic Dining Because: August is the kind of place that will make you say yes to any kind of proposal.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: John Besh is one of New Orleans' best known chefs and this contemporary French fine dining spot is a jewel in his restaurant portfolio.

Best for Group Friendly Because: Restaurant August offers an upscale, elegant setting with private rooms and fine dining upstairs in the Central Business District.

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