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New Years Eve New Orleans Style

Posted: December 23, 2005
by: T.Alexander

If you are seeking a truly unique New Year’s Eve celebration to bring in 2006, consider the one and only New Orleans. Champion of the US spirit – onward & upward – New Orleans refuses to allow Hurricane Katrina to put a damper on this celebration. Below is a review of what you might expect from Zagats. Enjoy. Bourbon_street_sign_2

“No city is more eager to ring out the old year and ring in the new than New Orleans. That's especially true of its restaurant and tourism industries, key components of the city's economy as well as its character. Devastated by Hurricane Katrina just a scant four months ago, those industries are now gearing up to celebrate the New Year's arrival, which they hope will be a turning point on the road to recovery.

"You will love the NEW New Orleans! Opening January 2006," trumpets the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site. Kicking things off will be a New Year's Eve celebration in Jackson Square featuring fireworks, live music and the dropping of a giant gumbo pot (instead of a ball) at midnight.

Restaurants are joining in the year-end festivities too, even if some will have barely opened their doors before the party starts. Creole-soul food mecca Jacques-Imo's Cafe - scheduled to reopen just two days before New Year's Even - plans to offer a five-course prix fixe menu accompanied by unlimited champagne. Emeril Lagasse's eponymous flagship, Emeril's, as well as his NOLA restaurant - both of which reopened in the past few weeks - are among others that will also be offering special prix fixe menus. More...


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