Arnaud's — Photo courtesy of Arnaud's
New Orleans is a city for romantics. From the easygoing nature of its people to the beautiful European architecture and floral landscapes, New Orleans begs couples to stroll down its streets holding hands and whispering sweet words to one another.
The city is also known for its food. While po-boy shacks and gumbo joints are great for most occasions, sometimes the passionate couple needs a little more intimacy and ambiance for their nightly dining.
For the newer generation couples, and for those staying hip, Lilette on Magazine offers a great setting for a romantic dinner. Enjoy the fresh local vegetable-infused entrees and drinks from the cocktail bar as you gaze into your lover's eyes and discuss your night's agenda.
For others, a romantic dinner means getting dressed to the nines, white table cloths, a bucket of bubbly and a waiter with an accent. For those, head to Restaurant August on Tchoupitoulas. It's the flagship restaurant of famed chef John Besh, and some will say of the city. If that doesn't get your date worked into a tizzy, perhaps the snapper crudo glazed in bacon marmalade will.
The best in this case was saved for last; the greatest place for a romantic dinner in New Orleans would have to be Arnaud's.
Located in the French Quarter, Arnaud's has been at the forefront of elegant dining since the early 20th century. The main dining room is decked out with Italian marble flooring, fluted columns, glass windows and weeping crystal chandeliers. Dress codes are in order here, and as you are taken to your table, every surrounding guest appears of importance and stature.
Delectable Creole dishes will most likely constitute your entrees. As the spices and aromas occupy your senses, you find yourself tapping your foot slowly to the soft jazz being played live in a nearby room, and falling more in love with every beat.