The seven-day celebration of New Orleans food known as Restaurant Week starts on Monday (June 20) and ends on June 26.
Some of the best restaurants in the entire city offer special menus, so diners can sample the different cuisines in the abundance of restaurants our city has to offer. There are 11 participants in the Uptown neighborhoods, ranging from international cuisine to Creole haute cuisine.
In the decade this event took place (with a hiatus for 2020), it took place in September, after Coolinaire month. The godfathers, The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and New Orleans & Co. has decided to move Restaurant Week 2022 to June.
“Instead of waiting for September to give restaurants a summer ‘boost’, it was moved to the third week of June,” said Wendy Waren, spokeswoman for the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “It also coincides with beautiful seasonal vegetables and the wealth of the seafood industry.”
Chefs are encouraged to create their own and showcase their signature dishes, Waren said.
Mark Romig, director of marketing for New Orleans & Co., formerly known as the New Orleans Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said how happy they were to partner with the Louisiana Restaurant Association.
“We’re supporting restaurants earlier and planting the seeds in regional markets for current and future visits,” he said.
Many participating city restaurants (64 and growing) will also create special menus. Visit www.neworleans.com/restaurantweek for the up-to-date list or to make reservations.
Diners can book a reservation at the following locally owned and operated Uptown restaurants for Restaurant Week.
Butcher’s shop8115 Jeannette St., 504-862-5514
This contemporary southern restaurant, with indoor and outdoor covered dining, takes its name from the South Louisiana tradition of reciprocal sharing after hog slaughter. Boucherie Executive Chef and Owner Nathanial Zimet started Boucherie Feeds, a program dedicated to providing full, nutritious, and tasty meals to students in low-income areas of New Orleans.
The menu of the week for the Butcher’s restaurants has not been revealed. Check with the restaurant for updates.
Cho Thai, 3218 Magazine Street, 504-381 4264
Chef and owner Jimmy Cho, originally from northeast Thailand, presents traditional Thai dishes inspired by his family’s cuisine and with his own contemporary flair.
Cho Thai Restaurant’s menu of the week is $42 for a three-course meal. For appetizers, diners have a choice of a fried pork ball or sautéed bok choy. Starter is night market steamed mussels with lemongrass chili beer broth and roti or chicken drunken noodles with squash and eggplant. The dessert is a sweet toasted brioche with burnt condensed milk, maldon salt and nutella.
Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave, 504-899-8221
Founded by the late and legendary Ella Brennan, this highly acclaimed Haute Creole restaurant is still run by her family, with the power of a star chef.
The restaurant’s menu of the week includes an abundant choice of starters, main courses and desserts for $38 to $40, depending on the main course. Appetizers include turtle soup, okra, blue crab bisque, commander’s salad, heirloom tomato salad, rabbit carbonara, or smoked redfish croquettes. Appetizers include crispy striped bass, braised prime rib, and foie gras crépinette or blue crab lasagna. For dessert, there’s crème brûlée, pecan pie à la mode, Lally’s praline parfait, coconut candy bar, bread pudding soufflé ($3 extra), or cherry pancakes Flambéed with limoncello.
Costera, 4938 Prytania St., 504-302-2332
Costera uses local produce and seafood from the Gulf to create classic dishes from the Spanish coast. For Restaurant Week, the specific dishes and quantities of the four-course tasting menu will vary depending on the number of diners. Below is a sample menu of the week from the restaurant for four people, at $65 per person.
The first course includes olives marinated in citrus and vermouth, grilled sourdough with boquerones and beef shank and potato bombas. For the second course, offerings include roasted mushrooms tossed with hot egg yolk and sourdough; seared yellowfin tuna; and charred romaine with spring vegetables. The entrée includes seafood paella, boneless ribeye, patatas bravas and wilted broccoli with savoy cabbage. The meal is complemented by a dark chocolate terrine or a salted honey tart accompanied by buttermilk ice cream.
Jack Rose, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500
Located in the Pontchartrain Hotel, this restaurant with a name inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play “The Rose Tattoo” is famous for its Mile High Pie.
Jack Rose’s Restaurant Week menu consists of three courses for $70: roasted heirloom tomatoes with asiago, pesto, grilled baguette; a small fillet with virgin sauce, crabmeat, watercress; and Summer Pavlova with Lemon Butter, Mixed Berries and Lavender.
The Little Grocery, 4238 Magazine Street, 504-891-3377
Chef Justin Devillier, winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, and his wife, Mia Devillier, operate the acclaimed restaurant located in a century-old building with a rich history. The price of their three-course dinner of the week from the restaurant ranges from $35 to $50, depending on entree.
For the starter, he offers a choice of chicken & andouille gumbo; sweet potato & pork cheek croquettes; or the soup of the day. Appetizers include a fried chicken sandwich with hand-cut fries ($35); grilled Gulf fish ($45); or pomegranate braised short rib ($50). Dessert choices are whipped ganache, goat cheese mousse or ricotta ice cream with berry sauce and almond sponge cake.
Pizza Dominica4933 Magazine Street, 504-301-4978
Pizza Domenica uses a bespoke oven imported from Italy to create traditional pizzas, as well as unique and unexpected toppings, as well as a selection of antipasti, salads, desserts and artisanal drinks.
The restaurant’s $25 menu of the week is served all day. The first course is jalapeño poppers wrapped in prosciutto with provolone pepper and balsamic vinegar. This is followed by Pizza Domenica’s BBQ Shrimp Pizza, a NOLA-style shrimp with green onion and fresh mozzarella.
The Arbor, 1320 Magazine Street, 504-582-9738
This restaurant, whose name refers to a garden arch or trellis, highlights local ingredients for its American cuisine.
The restaurant’s $45, three-course menu of the week starts with scallop crudo, whipped feta or ribs. Mains are a choice of Pappardelle Bolognese, Prince Edward Island Mussels or Quarter Chicken Confit. For dessert, you can get a Ruston peach pie or the ice cream of the day.
The Chloe Hotel4125 St. Charles Ave., 504-541-5500
Chef Todd Pulsinelli is at the helm of this contemporary Creole restaurant housed in a 19th century mansion transformed into a boutique hotel.
The $45 prix-fixe dinner starts with a beef tartare followed by a market fish entrée of potato-crusted flounder with malt aioli and homemade pickles and topped with a seasonal snowball.
Commissioner634 Orange St., 504-274-1850
In addition to a market where people can buy popular items from the Dickie Brennan & Co. restaurant, The Commissary has a kitchen that serves sandwiches, salads and family-style meals.
The restaurant’s $20 two-course lunch special of the week includes Bibb lettuce salad and homemade Kielbasa sausages on a bun with sauerkraut potato salad.
Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco, 5015 Magazine Street, 504-267-7612
Tito’s serves a range of typical Peruvian dishes, with indoor and outdoor seating options. Its restaurant menu of the week is not yet available. Check with the restaurant for updates.