30 Under 30 New Orleans: The Restaurants

Here's where to find the young honorees in action
August 15, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

You've met this year's first-ever 30 Under 30 New Orleans honorees, now here's where to find them in action.

1000 Figs
Mediterranean · Bayou St. John · $

Spun off from the popular Fat Falafel food truck, this Bayou St. John Mediterranean highlights the truck’s namesake item, along with seasonal plates and salads. The simple space is designed with light woods and handcrafted metalwork, including the vines adorning the pendant lamps.
Angeline
Southern American · French Quarter · $$$

Chef-owner Alex Harrell (ex Sylvain) prepares seasonal fare that brings together Mediterranean and Southern flavors inside the former Stella! space at the French Quarter’s Hotel Provincial. Designed with dark woods, light walls and splashes of red, the attractive room complements the thoughtfully composed plates and cocktails.
August
French · CBD · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

John Besh's "rarified" CBD flagship is a "masterpiece" whose "beautiful" , "Gone With the Wind" –style interior and "invisible but omnipresent" staff set the scene for a "genuine dining experience" focused around a "wonderfully creative" French menu with a "NOLA twist" (it also boasts "sublime" wine pairings); the "cost is high" for the "memorable experience" , but fans say it's "worth the splurge" ; P.S. Friday lunch is a "great deal."
Barrel Proof
Brewpub · Lower Garden District · $$

While classic cocktails are available for those who ask, the focus of this Lower Garden District haunt is beer and whiskey, and with more than 50 types of brew and 150-plus whiskeys, they've got you covered. Setting up shop in the former Bridge Lounge space, the bar is relaxed and rustic, with plenty of wood and a masculine color scheme to match its menu.
Bourbon House
Seafood · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

The "Brennan touch shows" at this "handsome, boisterous" French Quarter seafooder, where fresh-shucked Gulf of Mexico bivalves "come with a pedigree" and New Orleans classics pair with a "great selection of bourbons" or a frozen bourbon milk punch ( "a delicious combination of alcoholic drink and dessert" ); this "elegant" haven also boasts a "great view of Bourbon Street" and an "efficient and courteous" staff, which just adds to the "bon temps."
Brennan's
American · French Quarter · $$$

Sophisticated Creole cuisine, upscale breakfast fare and decadent desserts (including the famous bananas Foster, flambéed tableside) tempt tourists and locals alike at this French Quarter fine-dining destination. Behind the building’s pink facade, eight dining rooms, a private wine room and a courtyard comprise an elegant setting suited for special occasions.
Cane and Table
Latin American · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"Cutting-edge" takes on Prohibition-era cocktails marry with an "Eclectic and creative" menu of small and large plates at this "rum-centric bar and restaurant" in the French Quarter; a "phenomenal" "young, hip staff" oversees the "charming" interior and courtyard, where the "ambiance feels like old Cuba" – just make sure you know the address, because there's "no signage" outside.
Cure
Cocktail Bar · Freret · $$
Food - · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.4

"Pub meets Mad Men" at this "upscale" , "smoke-free" Uptown lounge in an "out-of-the-way" "old firehouse" done up "dark and cool" and "beautifully decorated" ; "innovative" concoctions that "make your taste buds tingle" are "painstakingly handmade" by "mixologists, not bartenders" , and if some find the process a bit "pretentious" (especially when it leads to "slow service" ), fans contend it boasts the city's "best cocktail scene."
Emeril's
Contemporary Louisiana · Warehouse District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"Master chef" Emeril Lagasse's Warehouse District "flagship" "lives up to its reputation" with an "inspired" menu of "out-of-this-world" Contemporary Louisiana staples, including signature dishes like "amazing" barbecue shrimp and "to-die-for" banana cream pie; just ignore the "pricey" tabs, "sit back and prepare to be pampered" by the "wonderful" staff in an airy, warehouse-chic space "where 'Bam!' was born."
French 75
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food - · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"You get what you pay for" at this "posh" "den" of "French-infused" "elegance" attached to Arnaud's restaurant in the Quarter, where "professor-level bartender" Chris Hannah creates a "magical experience" with "crazy good classic cocktails" ( "order the French 75, of course" ); part "cigar bar" , the "intimate" confines are an ideal place to "kick off or end a classy evening" that feels "worlds away from the bro-fest of Bourbon."
French Truck Coffee
Cafe · Lower Garden District · $

House-roasted, small-batch coffee is what it's about at these hip New Orleans cafes, with an expanded menu of breakfast, light lunch and baked goods at the Uptown outpost and pastries at the French Quarter location. Their signature sunny yellow exteriors can’t be missed (with a more subtle sign at the French Quarter), and give way to bright, modern interiors.
Kenton's
American · Audubon · $$$

A focus on bourbon drives both the cocktail list and its accompanying elevated American and Southern fare at this Uptown hangout from the relocated owners of such whiskey-centric NYC spots as Maysville and the erstwhile Char No. 4. Deep green leather booths and a long marble bar are part of the polished look, while a raw bar adds an extra social touch.
La Petite Grocery
New American · Uptown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This "inviting" Uptown bistro offers "scrumptious" Contemporary Louisianan fare by chef/co-owner Justin Devillier that's "modern, but [still] very New Orleans" , including the "to-die-for" crab beignets; with a "gracious" staff and a "vibrant" bar scene (the "cocktails alone are worth a visit" ), it works equally well for a "business lunch" , drinks with friends or a romantic dinner "date."
Mammoth Espresso
Cafe · CBD · $

Expertly crafted coffee drinks and high-quality teas are what it's about at this chic Warehouse District cafe, where all beverages are made to order and served alongside baked goods from Scout Bakery. Lots of light, smooth wood finishings and a mustard-yellow booth create a cool, modern space.
MOPHO
Asian · Mid-City · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

"High cuisine meets street food" at this Mid-City pho joint, where the cooking "marries Creole and Vietnamese" cuisines, resulting in "innovative eats" with flavors that make fans "want to lick the bowl" ; mo perks include "great cocktails" (including a bubble tea variety) and the patio (which hosts weekly "pig roasts" ).
Palace Café
Creole · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

Housed in a "beautiful, historic old building" in the French Quarter, this "jewel" is another "consistently well-done Brennan restaurant" where "everything is a delight" , from the "quality seafood dishes" and other "delicious" "New Orleans classics" to the "crisp linens and professional staff" ; though the dining room can be "a bit noisy" , many enjoy taking in the "energetic atmosphere" from a window or sidewalk table and "watching busy Canal Street" go by.
Shaya Restaurant
Israeli · Uptown · $$

At this Uptown hangout, chef Alon Shaya (Domenica, Pizza Domenica) pulls from a pastiche of modern Middle Eastern, Turkish, North African and Greek flavors inspired by his Israeli roots, serving shared dishes like baba ghanoush and tabouleh, hummus kicked up with curry-fried cauliflower and falafel, all accompanied by wood-fired pita bread. The chic blue-and-white space boasts marble tables, cushy leather seats and ring chandeliers, capped with an outdoor patio.
Sylvain
American · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"A perfect change of pace in the French Quarter" , this "very trendy, very dark" gastropub provokes "multiple foodgasms" thanks to a "sophisticated menu" of "outstanding" American eats (by a chef with a "discriminating palate" ) paired with "well-crafted cocktails" ; whether seated in the "lovely little" courtyard or the carriage house's "ancient-feeling" interior, patrons enjoy a "hip" "foodie experience" at a relatively "moderate price."
Willa Jean
Southern American · CBD · $$

Housemade breads, biscuits and sweets provide the foundation for the Southern breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes at this CBD bakery from the Besh Restaurant Group. The bright, lofty space nods to the past with touches like 'Uneeda Biscuit' painted across the brick wall above the bar, which pours coffee, tea, cocktails and spiked slushies.