Square Root
Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard
Bao & Noodle
Carrollton Market
Noodle & Pie
PIZZA Domenica
Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
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1. Johnny Sanchez 930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Located in the Central Business District JS features killer modern Mexi-cuisine (made with locally sourced ingredients) in a casual atmosphere -- make sure to have a gander at the tattoo art lining the walls.

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2. Square Root 1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Run by Executive Chef and Owner Phillip Lopez, Square Root is the sequel to the outstanding and innovative resto Root, and it centers on a modern kitchen design, where contemporary culinary techniques are the main attraction and an eclectic menu will keep surprising you as you try more and more of it.

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3. Marti's 1041 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This modern bistro went under in 1988 but is back from the dead to serve a menu mainly featuring flavors of southwestern Europe.

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4. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard 819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Broussard’s offers a slightly different interpretation of French-Creole cuisine than other illustrious New Orleans fine dining establishments: contemporary interpretations give traditional dishes a new lease on life. Sweet potatoes are whipped with ginger, fried chicken is glazed with red chili and perched on a sweet potato biscuit, and the chicken fricassee is flavored with truffle and artichokes. Broussard’s is also home to the Empire Bar, where mixologist Paul Gustings pours up his signature Ramos Gin Fizz.

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5. Meauxbar 942 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This swanky wine bar/restaurant serves up wholesome European dishes like pork belly with crispy scallops, and steak tartare courtesy of renowned Chef Kristen Essig.

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6. Bao & Noodle 2700 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This Marigny joint doles out traditional Chinese fare at friendly prices, featuring classics like beef chow fun and scallion pancakes and more.

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7. MoPho 514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This Mid-City eatery is run by former chef from John Besh's August, and the quality is apparent. It combines the flavors of the Gulf with the flavors of Vietnam making for a fresh exploration into classic Vietnamese dishes. The drink program is just as eclectic as the eats, with house cocktails and spiked boba teas. The space feels modern and trendy for a strip mall spot, with a blue and orange color palette and wooden accents. On Saturdays, they roast a full pig, meaning you should probably cancel your other weekend plans.

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8. Carrollton Market 8132 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Located in Uptown NOLA, Carrollton Market is brought to you by Chef Jason Goodenough and it doles out modern Southern fare ranging from their Andouille-Stuffed Chicken Breast to “Chicken ‘n’ Dumplins”, which is made with house-made potato gnocchi, speck, crème fraiche, and tarragon.

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9. Noodle & Pie 741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Ramen and pie is the speciality at this Asian fusion restaurant. The move at Noodle & Pie is to start with a few small plates (okonomiyaki fries, deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Korean fried chicken) before moving on to a bowl of shoyu chicken ramen and finally, a slice of pie -- like the spicy Thai peanut butter cup with chocolate crust -- for dessert.

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10. PIZZA domenica 4933 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

The pizza at Domenica, Alan Shaya's spot in the Roosevelt Hotel, was so good that he decided to dedicate an entire restaurant to it. The Uptown pizzeria focuses on Neapolitan pizzas topped with seasonal ingredients and house-cured meats. The menu features speciality pies, like the ode-to-NOLA muffaletta pizza, plus a few salads and appetizers, like top-notch garlic knots and house-smoked chicken wings.

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11. Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar 715 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar on St. Charles Avenue offers rustic Italian fare that stands out among the Creole-Italian restaurants of New Orleans. Marcello’s well-executed comfort foods find their way onto a menu of antipasti, contorni, zuppa and insalata, specialties, and entrees, with gems like the marsala pork cheek, which is slowly braised until it cuts like butter, and the tritone, a linguine dish with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, and spinach, in a creamy sherry sauce. The restaurant is divided into a front dining room, dark-wood bar, and spacious back dining room lined with wine racks, which you can peruse to find the glass or bottle you’d like to indulge in during your meal.