You’re still on time to look for a place to have a delicious Christmas or NYE dinner. There are still local restaurants that have availability for holiday dining. We’ve made a shortlist that will give you ideas. Get a table ASAP!
Dine In: Christmas Eve
This Christmas Eve, Chef/Owner Sophina Uong and partner William “Wildcat” Greenwell are inviting diners to indulge in a Chinese Christmas at Mister Mao, the tropical roadhouse restaurant known for its inauthentic global cuisine. Offerings include sticky eggplant lettuce wraps, chile crisp burrata, shrimp fried rice, crispy pork belly with ginger, scallion, and garlic sauce, and a variety of desserts by Pastry Chef Sarah Cotton. Mister Mao is open on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 from 5 PM – 10 PM; closed on Christmas Day. Reservations can be made on Resy. Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans. Telephone: (504) 345-2056;
Bywater American Bistro
To Go: Christmas Eve
Those looking to celebrate Christmas at home can order Christmas Heat & Eat to-go kits from Chef Nina Compton’s highly acclaimed Bywater American Bistro. Priced at $60 per person (each order feeds 1) the menu includes traditional favorites a la Nina Compton. The full menu is as follows: winter vegetable salad; red wine braised short ribs; truffled pomme purée; roasted Brussels sprouts; and satsuma pie. Orders must be placed online for pickup on Friday, December 24 from Noon to 5 PM. Bywater American Bistro is located at 2900 Chartres Street in New Orleans. For more information, please call (504) 605-3827.
Dine in: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Commons Club, the social epicenter of the newly opened Virgin Hotels New Orleans, is inviting diners to indulge in festive culinary delights from Executive Chef Alex Harrell. Menu highlights include roasted heirloom carrots – harissa, raita, pickled raisin, rice cracklin’; local gulf fish – sweet potato puree, kale, brown butter breadcrumbs, capers, local citrus; slow-roasted prime rib; and lobster bucatini. Diners can end on a sweet note with sweet potato sticky toffee pudding; warm apple and almond crisp; or dark chocolate pot de crème. The holiday menu will be available on Christmas Eve from 4 PM – 10 PM and Christmas Day from 4 PM – 11 PM. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made on OpenTable. Commons Club is located inside Virgin Hotels New Orleans at 550 Baronne Street in the Warehouse District.
Dine in: Christmas Eve
Chef Isaac Toups’ Mid-City dining gem Toups’ Meatery, will be open this year on Christmas Eve from 5 PM – 11 PM. Diners can indulge Chef Toups’ bold, contemporary Cajun cookery while enjoying inventive seasonal cocktails. The full a la carte menu will be available and include fan favorites such as the cracklins, Meatery Board, and double-cut pork chop with dirty rice. Toups’ Meatery is located at 845 North Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Reservations are suggested and can be made on OpenTable. For more information, please call (504) 252-4999 or visit www.toupsmeatery.com
NEW YEAR’S EVE HAPPENINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY
For a low-key, laid-back New Year’s Eve, head over to Commons Club, located in the new Virgin Hotels New Orleans. The eatery’s signature a la carte menu will be available featuring fan favorites and seasonal fare by Executive Chef Alex Harrell. Standouts include gulf shrimp pappardelle – heirloom tomatoes, sweet and sour eggplant, pesto calabrese; grilled Berkshire pork chop – smoked potato, roasted mushrooms, butternut squash, bourbon molasses mustard; and farro verde – fried pickled okra, shiitake, swiss chard, preserved lemon, beet. Inventive cocktails, wine, and beer will also be on offer. Commons Club will open on New Year’s Eve from 5 PM – 10 PM. Commons Club is located inside Virgin Hotels New Orleans at 550 Baronne Street. For more information and to reserve a table visit https://virginhotels.com/new-orleans/ring-in-2022-at-virgin-hotels-new-orleans/
Bywater American Bistro
This New Year’s Eve, Bywater American Bistro (BABs) is inviting guests to enjoy a festive meal curated by award-winning Chef Nina Compton. Priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu includes delicious offerings such as flounder crudo – satsuma, fennel, caviar; mushroom brodo with truffles; and red wine braised short ribs, among others. Bywater American Bistro is located at 2900 Chartres Street in New Orleans. The restaurant will be open on NYE from 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Reservations can be made through Resy. For more information, please call (504) 605-3827 or visit www.bywateramericanbistro.com
The Crescent City’s famed contemporary Cajun restaurant, Toups’ Meatery – which doubles as the perfect stage for the dynamic personality and authentic cuisine of Louisiana born-and-raised, star-studded Chef Isaac Toups – will showcase the best of Toups’ comforting yet refined cuisine this New Year’s Eve. Diners are invited to feast on Meatery signatures such as the famed Meatery Board, confit chicken thighs, and lamb neck with egg noodles. In addition to a la carte offerings, Meatery will offer caviar service, Meatery-style with umami potato chips, creme fraiche, and a chilled vodka shot ($125); as well as a selection of Wagyu steaks and specialty sides. Toups’ Meatery will be open on New Year’s Eve for lunch 11 AM-3 PM, Happy Hour 3 PM-5 PM, and Dinner 5 PM-11 PM. Toups’ Meatery is located at 845 North Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. For more information, please call (504) 252-4999 or visit www.toupsmeatery.com
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mister Mao, Chef/Owner Sophina Uong and partner William “Wildcat” Greenwell’s tropical roadhouse restaurant. In true Mister Mao fashion, the eatery is offering guests festive, four-course prix fixe featuring inventive, bold, and flavorful “inauthentic” cuisine. Priced at $85 per person (not including tax + gratuity) menu highlights include crispy gulf oysters pakoras – chickpea flour, cilantro, yogurt, chile oil; charred cauliflower picada – almond, fried garlic, chocolate, citrus; Bengali meat + three – lamb shank, coconut greens, lemon biryani, black mustard Hoppin’ John; and coconut milk gulf prawns – galangal, Makrut lime, lemongrass, Delta rice grits, confit of onion. For dessert, diners can choose a Gluten-Free cashew meringue cake or dark chocolate cheesecake. A wine pairing is available for an additional $30 per person. Mister Mao is open on New Year’s Eve with seatings at 6 PM and 9 PM. For reservations, please visit www.mistermaonola.com.
After dinner, check out the great New Year’s Eve live performances at the Pontchartrain Hotel. At Bayou Bar, Simon Lott’s We Gon Do Dis will perform 8 PM – 11 PM. Upstairs at the lively Hot Tin Rooftop Bar, guests can enjoy the sounds of Peter Harris, David Torkanowsky, Pedro Segundo, and John Michael Bradford from 8 PM – 11 PM. Bayou Bar Calendar
Featured image from Toups’ Meatery by Denny Culbert.