Spend big on New American eats at these top New Orleans eateries

Looking to satisfy your appetite for New American fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end New American restaurants around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Restaurant August

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Topping the list is Restaurant August. Located at 301 Tchoupitoulas St. in Central Business District, the New American spot is the most popular high-end New American restaurant in New Orleans, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,204 reviews on Yelp.

Start with the salad with royal red shrimp, bibb lettuce, pickled vegetables and charred lemon. Hot appetizers include hot-and-sour shrimp dumplings, potato gnocchi and crispy P&J oysters. As an entree, try the lacquered duckling, with  Brussels sprouts, pecans, foie gras and Bayou Cora grits. Specialty cocktails include Can't Fight the Beet, made with Ford's gin, ginger liqueur, lime and, of course, beet juice.

2. Coquette

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Next up is Irish Channel's Coquette, situated at 2800 Magazine St. With 4.5 stars out of 700 reviews on Yelp, the New American spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.

Dinner dishes include snapper, with courtbouillon, leeks, lima beans and oysters; and smoked beef short rib, with green mole, crispy rice and cashews. For dessert, try the lime cheesecake or Louisiana citrus tart.

3. Doris Metropolitan

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The French Quarter's Doris Metropolitan, located at 620 Chartes St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy steakhouse, wine bar and New American spot 4.5 stars out of 554 reviews. It has two other locations in Houston and Costa Rica.

Start with the Tomato Celebration Salad, featuring four preparations of tomatoes, Moroccan olives, greens and an egg yolk. Dinner includes a variety of lamb, fish, steaks and more. For dessert, sample the basboosa, featuring kadaif, raspberries, yuzu cream, raspberry gelee and vanilla rose ice cream.

4. Emeril's 

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Emeril's, a New American and Cajun/Creole spot that offers seafood and more in Lower Garden District, is another high-traffic, pricey go-to, with four stars out of 1,434 Yelp reviews. Head over to 800 Tchoupitoulas St. to see for yourself. As one of a series of restaurants owned by chef Emeril Lagasse, it has several other locations in Louisiana and beyond.

Start with the gumbo of the day and then try the chicken and waffles, with watermelon slaw and hot sauce syrup. Desserts include Emeril's banana cream pie, chocolate peanut butter pie and a trio of ice creams or sorbets. Top it off with a specialty cocktail or microbrew.

5. Bayona

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And then there's Bayona, a French Quarter favorite with four stars out of 662 reviews. Stop by 430 Dauphine St. to hit up the New American, Mediterranean and gluten-free spot next time you're in the mood to celebrate.

The award-winning restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to whip up dishes "with influences from Spain, Italy and France, balanced with the flavors of the Mediterranean, India and the Orient," according to its website. On Saturdays, check out the Mélange a Trois Lunch and sample a selection of three small plates, like escargot toast and grilled mahi mahi with peanut sauce and green papaya salad.


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