Nola Caye 

Newly-opened Nola Caye adds a Caribbean-influenced restaurant to the dining options near Lee Circle. While the menu reads a bit more Mexican/Central American than Caribbean – there are a half dozen tacos on offer as well as guacamole and jalapeno-cheese dip – there’s also jerk chicken, and the coconut shrimp are fried in a batter made with Red Stripe beer. 898 Baronne St., 302-1302, Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m; 


The best way to experience a sushi restaurant is by sitting at the bar and asking the chef to suggest items to you. It’s called omakase, and while it’s usually an option, at Nagomi, it’s the only way to dine. Chef Kazuyuki “Kaz” Ishikawa’s 12-seat restaurant has two seatings nightly, requires reservations online ( and the menu – usually 10 to 12 courses – is set. Look for inventive sushi preparations, soups and grilled dishes. 3214 Burgundy St., 259-2676, Wednesday – Saturday for seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; 


Sorella5 opened in January in the CBD, with a menu of poor boys, home-style Italian dishes, salads and New Orleans fare like red beans and rice and gumbo. It’s a tight-knit operation, owned by five sisters who grew up in Lakeview, with dishes prepared from family recipes.  616 Baronne St., 766-7158, Monday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.;