edit: WOW this is embarrassingly long…see I get a leetle carried away…
Everyone’s made really good suggestions, here are some more…I’ll try to keep it short but I get super excited telling people about my gorgeous hometown….
In the Quarter, check out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (dive bar, not actual blacksmith, ha), Napoleon House, Donna’s.
For really great live music, head to Frenchmen St. I cannot stress this enough. The Blue Nile, The Spotted Cat, DBA, Checkpoint Charlie’s, Snug Harbor, Dragon’s Den, Balcony Music Club…
If you’re going to be there on a Tuesday, Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf is an amazing experience.
If you make it out to the Degas house (which is beautiful), check out Cafe Degas nearby…awesome French food and there’s an oak tree growing through the dining room
I’ve never seen it, but Fleur de Tease is a well-regarded burlesque show
As for food…
Cafe du Monde is a must-do (and open 24 hours), so stop by after a late night out and skip the morning crowds
Pat O’s is touristy, but I still go there all the time because I loves me some Mint Juleps and the courtyard is huge and has a cool fire-fountain
Crawfish season will be ending soon, but whether you like raw oysters or not, charbroiled oysters are a revelation (hot, buttery, salty, delectable). Po boys are a NOLA staple (fried shrimp, fried oyster, roast beef…). I love the fried green tomato & shrimp remolaude po boy from Jaques’imos.
All the above-mentioned restaurants are wonderful…
My personal favorite for fancy dining is Galatoires – Creole/French food, tons of seafood, lively and gorgeous dining room (eating there is a never-forget experience…I go every year for my birthday and I could literally list every dish I’ve ever had there…so delish…)
Arnauds is wonderful – but for the same great food in a more casual/affordable atmosphere, check out Remolaude (next door – the two places share a kitchen and the food is amazing in both places (my faves are turtle soup and shrimp arnaud)
@bd1234 I think you’re talking about Muriel’s? Which is awesome.
If yall can’t tell, I’m a little obsessed with food…when I was in New York during undergrad I used to read menus online when I was homesick…
Anyway, I hope some of this helps! Yay for visiting New Orleans!