Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest of old-line New Orleans restaurants. The dining rooms look like first-class lounges on the Orient Express and are named for Mardi Gras krewes. This restaurant invented dishes such as oysters Rockefeller, and coming here means eating history in a space that feels like it should host Jay Gatsby.
Budget travelers can get a great deal with their prix-fixe lunch special, which includes a tasty choice of popular items and – get this – 25¢ cocktails! (Only three per meal, please.)