Commander's Palace (address and info)
Why it's a great date spot: If you and your date can swing a leisurely weekday lunch, this is the best, classiest, and most classic way to do it. Put on some daytime finery and hit Commander’s Palace for a long lunch accompanied by 25-cent martinis or $5 special wine by the glass. After lunch, step across the street to Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to wander the lush pathways and read the stories of the gravestones. Romantic, in a maudlin way.
The Freret St corridor
Why it's a great date spot: Walking down the lively Freret St corridor is a choose-your-own-adventure date that is destined to succeed. First, take in some live music at the Publiq House or Gasa Gasa. Then eat at one of the many low-key but high-quality restaurants in the neighborhood like Ancora for Neapolitan pizza, The Company Burger for one of the most-lauded burgers in the state, High Hat for Southern comfort food, Midway Pizza for Chicago-style deep dish, or Wayfare for elevated sandwiches. Finish up with a nightcap at Cure.