Like much of NOLA, Vessel, (or at the least vessel it occupies) comes with a history. Once a Lutheran church, the Iberville Street landmark was nearly destroyed in Katrina. Years later, the parts were salvaged by Vessel's restauranteurs who rebuilt the space in 2016, working hard to maintain the regality of its original church structure. Tucked into the heart of Mid-City, this social hall offers a full menu of Mediterranean eats with some classic New Orleans influence -- things like parmesan flatbread topped with shrimp and collared greens, or Louisiana wild boar ragu over house pappardelle pasta. The specialty cocktail list offers an expansive roster of house-creations featuring additions like basil, cayenne, and plum, without completely discounting the classic rum-heavy, sugar saturated NOLA favorites -- by way of cocktails, cuisine and construction, Vessel is a contemporary nod to its Louisiana roots.