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« on: Jul 29, 2008 at 11:41 »

Got a super cheap deal, airfare and a week's hotel for 800 bucks-- and that covers me and the lady.  Offseason prices, I guess

If any of yinz have been to NO, let me know if there's anything worthwhile in terms of bars/restaurants.  Basically we're planning just to sit by the pool in the day (we both hate vacations that are work), and go drinking at night.  
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:19 »

I'd suggest all the bars and all the restaurants.  Really though, I haven't been in almost 20 years.  But I'd still say be wary of the tranny strippers, 'mkay?
 
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:38 »

I went there 4 times, back when we lived in AL. Always a good time.

Tagged along with the Mrs. a few years back too...whatever the date was when Troy ran the fuck over Carson.

Eat some muffuletta. Bring a digital camera and always have it with you.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 14:08 »

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That's good advice.  

And frequently yell, "I'm from NYC and crawded eatin' is for stupid rednecks!"

Hey, you might be able to get Shockey's autograph.   HAAAARRRRRRRRRR!

 
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 15:16 »

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I'll have to remember that.  I always knew it by its shorter name...
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 16:05 »

NO is best enjoyed by vampires. It is also the best looking city from the 2nd story up. Just don't look at the ground.

Penso, a must would be some beignets and people watching at Cafe du Monde.  A paddleboat tour on the Mighty Missip is a decent time and they usually have a wet bar. Bourbon St. is vastly overrated and quite annoying IMHO. But definately take a stroll and view the ghastly karaoke and debauchery going on. Remember there is no open container law in the Quarter, and you can grab adult squishie's everywhere.

Most of the restaurants are OK, especially ones with fresh fish. If you want the super goods, Antoine's, Galatoire's, or Commander's Palace, they won't disappoint you, but can be pricey and reservations are a must. Some have a dress code too. Good music can be found everywhere, but Tipatina's, Howling Wolf, The Maple Leaf, and the House of Blues are good venues.

I know you live in Brooklyn, but be extra on-the-lookout for scammers, pickpockets, and the downright mugging. Do not walk pass I10 on Canal St. Do not stray too far east in the French Quarter or go into Washington park at night. Was just in NYC 2 weeks ago and it is much safer than NO. Granted I was in Mid-Town, but still. Its kinda like Jamaica, stick to the places you should be and you'll be fine.

 
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 29, 2008 at 19:22 »

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...and you can grab adult squishie's everywhere.

 
Ya know, I got arrested for doin' just that, back in the 70's.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 30, 2008 at 11:21 »

Thanks for the heads up, everyone.  I've been warned left right and center about how dangerous it is, and, really, we don't intend to go anywhere but the hotel bar and wherever we eat.

Good list of restaurants, sf'inco.  You should have let me know you were in NYC though!
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 30, 2008 at 11:52 »

We went to Commander's Palace the last time in NO. I think there's a good sized cemetery (I think they're all above ground down there) just across the street. Think we had to cab it there. Was a little under $200 with the tip, for the two of us, but I think we each only had one drink. I don't know how many the Asian chicks put back, but with Penso in the mix, he'll easily be dropping $300 there.

Also went to Brennan's last time, but not for breakfast.

Usually we don't go to the fancier places like that. Plenty o' good eats for much less.

I've not been there post-K, but I never have had any issues in the tourist areas.

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There is always some nastiness flowing curbside, but I'm sure you're used to that.

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Bourbon St. is vastly overrated and quite annoying IMHO.

The first trips, we stayed out late and lit it up pretty good. Last time there was basically a Girls Gone Wild section set up where everyone had their cameras ready and it seemed to be the designated tit flashing area. I think kids younger than 21 can buy beer on the street in NO, even though they can't get into the clubs. So you'll see some puking kids as you wade thru.
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 30, 2008 at 23:55 »

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I had tix to see Ricky Gervais at the WaMu Theater at MSG(the old Felt Forum) and was only there for 2 days. Had no idea it was the freakin All Star game ( Ricky was the 15th) until we landed at LGA and it was mental. I had made reservations at the 21 Club months in advance with no knowledge of all the baseball stuff, and when we get there, there are 3 cops standing out front and a bunch of people, and it turns out the 49 HOFer's are having dinner there! Was like 2 tables away from Micheal Jordan's table....... Next time though Penso, we'll get a pint and talk some beautiful game.  
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 07, 2008 at 10:01 »

I went to New Orleans a few times almost 10 years ago so some things may have changed. If you are in the French Quarter it is pretty safe. A block out of it and its rough, we saved money by staying near the Super Dome one year. It was a scary half mile drunken walk back to the motel.

There are two bars connected called Tropical Isle and the Funky Pirate, which are not real special but one of them has a cool real little courtyard with a fountain in it, we finished the night there a few times.

Avoid talking to anyone you dont know on the street, its a scam.

Hey I bet you ten dollars I can tell you where you got your shoes!
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 07, 2008 at 12:42 »

Mother's Restaurant in the Business District is fuckin' awesome.  My hotel was close to St. Charles and Canal and it was within walking distance.

There's a huge casino near the river (close to the Aquarium) that's ok if you're into that kind of stuff.

Cafe du Monde is highly overrated, IMO.  It's hot, dirty, and coffee/beignets are just as good in other places.
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 07, 2008 at 13:48 »

Penso's exotic GF wants to try the gator on a stick.
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« Reply #13 on: Aug 14, 2008 at 16:02 »

Well, I'm back now.  Avoided Bourbon St. (not easy when you're one block off it), tended to go out just off the quarter, particularly Frenchman St.  Found a cool place called the Apple Barrel, a little dive with a phenomenal restaurant (Adolfo's, I think) above it. Other than that, as per the plan we sat by the pool and read and drank sazeracs.  
 
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« Reply #14 on: Aug 14, 2008 at 17:20 »

The Big Easy is famous for its hotel swimming pools.

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« Reply #15 on: Aug 15, 2008 at 06:57 »

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When in New Orleans, it's best to avoid New Orleans.

HELLUVA JOB, BROWNIE!
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