A few weeks ago we posted our first list in the Bridal Noshing series. We had received the question “Where is the best place in the city to hold a bridal lunch or brunch?” and wanted to help find the perfect answer for every taste and budget. Because of the seemingly limitless number of restaurants the New Orleans, one would think this would be an easy question to answer. But for the same reason, it is difficult. For part one, we stuck with more traditional New Orleans eateries such as Brennan’s and The Columns Hotel. This group is a bit more posh and contemporary with a young, modern flair.
This Magazine Street eatery is a classic spot with a black and white tiled floor, exposed brick and the juxtaposition of the wood bar and the shiny gold tiled ceilings. Small and large plate options give everyone something scrumptious. The second floor allows for up to 55 for a seated event.
2800 Magazine St.
The intimate, brick-lined (alleged) former brothel offers many options including a spot for an intimate brunch or bridal luncheon. The menu features a variety of options like crispy tofu, Oreo beignets and buffalo frog legs. Meet your bridal party for a chic cocktail and cheese night or rent out the upstairs for a more intimate affair.
916 Lafayette St.
Though a New Orleans classic like our lineup in part one, this Dickie Brennan restaurant offers a twist on the typical. Cozied up next to the St. Louis Cathedral and in a shared space with Le Petit Theatre, the many (different styled) rooms offers a bridal party many options for their almost newlyweds. The Library with its gold leafed ceiling and balcony access to the intimate Wine Room, you can’t go wrong.
616 St. Peter St.
The most old school of the group, this Pontchartrain Hotel restaurant has been newly renovated and been touched by two great chefs John Besh and Chris Lusk. Though not open during lunch hours, the rattan furniture, white tablecloths and palm tree printed carpet will add a vintage, groovy touch to any bridal gathering. Consider turning your bridal lunch into a dinner soiree.
2031 St. Charles Ave.