If you find yourself in Uptown after lunch, Wayfare is the perfect place to go for that mid-afternoon meal that becomes way more common when you’re on vacation. It’s a great spot to split a nice bottle wine and eat some house-made cured meats, but they also serve a great lineup of sandwiches, with everything from an eggplant banh mi to a bacon jam-topped burger. For us though, the best time to stop here is during their daily Happy Hour from 3pm - 6pm when all drinks and appetizers are half off.
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Nomiya is a tiny ramen shop in the Garden District where you should expect to wait, but can also BYO while you do.
You should eat your weight in oysters while in New Orleans, and Casamento’s on Magazine Street is the number one spot to do just that.
Jacques-Imo’s in Uptown is part-restaurant, part-party, and one place in New Orleans that could never exist anywhere else.
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Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
Toups Meatery in Mid-City is the best place in New Orleans to ear your body weight in charcuterie, and drink a pitcher of cocktails along the way.
The Bulldog in Uptown is where to go when you want to drink a few beers on a patio, and get completely away from the French Quarter.
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Tipitina’s is one of the best spots to see live music in New Orleans, and it regularly hosts some of the biggest brass shows in the city.
Next door to the Ace Hotel, Seaworthy serves oysters, burgers, and caviar until 1am, along with great cocktails.
Maple Leaf Bar
The Maple Leaf in Uptown is a great bar to see some live music, often until 4am, and it hosts the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday.
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