For a little romance, reserve a table at Restaurant August. This converted 19th-century tobacco warehouse, with its flickering candles and warm, soft shades, earns a nod for most aristocratic dining room in New Orleans, but somehow manages to be both intimate and lively. Delicious meals take you to another level of gastronomic perception.
The five-course, two-hour tasting menu makes local foodies weep; there's a specially tailored version for vegetarians as well ($77). There’s also a prix-fixe lunch with various options. Solo diners do just fine at the easygoing but professional bar.