News for Restaurants in New Orleans
If you are looking for New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse on May 6, you'll have to go all the way to Lincoln Center in NYC. Lagasse will be honored that night by the James Beard Foundation with its Humanitarian of the Year Award. Lagasse, who now owns 13 restaurants in five cities, is known nationwide for his charity work, particularly with children's causes. In the past 11 years, Lagasse's foundation has contributed more than $5 million to programs that work with students and education. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
After months of anticipation and rumors, the venerable Bourbon Street restaurant Galatoire's finally opened its newly expanded doors during New Orleans' recent Super Bowl, followed by Mardi Gras. Last year, Galatoire's owners acquired the adjacent vacant building, which once housed a popular seafood restaurant that never re-opened after the 2005 hurricanes. The new three-story space includes a new third-story wine room, a second-floor private dining space, and a ground level bar. Still to come is a new restaurant on the ground floor, but so far the company has not released any details about the concept or planned opening date. That space is undergoing renovation and new construction. The owners have publicly promised that nothing they do in the new building will interfere with Galatoire's famed Friday lunch, a weekly ritual that often spills over into the dinner hour for some regulars. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
The romantic uptown bistro, Martinique Bistro, is now playing host to Cristiano Ristorante, a Houma, LA, restaurant, on Mondays. Cristiano chef Lindsay Mason offers one of Houma's only Northern Italian menus in town, and now Mason is offering some of his most popular dishes at Martinique, including handmade pappardelle with roasted lamb ragú, and a stellar osso bucco. Cristiano Raffignone, who owns both restaurants, may be trying out his Northern Italian dishes on the locals to test the waters. At least that is the buzz around town. Whatever the reason, he is filling the French/Mediterranean dining room and elegant courtyard every Monday night with those seeking Italian flavors. With dishes that include char-grilled oysters with red pepper butter and risotto ai porcini, Cristiano is providing real competition for the plethora of already-established New Orleans Italian restaurants. Reservations are almost a must. Martinique Bistro, 5908 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-8495.
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