As New Orleans welcomes fall, it also welcomes a crop of new restaurants to its food & dining scene. These fresh spots bring a diverse mix of cuisines to the Crescent City. Japanese and Indian restaurants offer a taste of the world while others continue with traditional Cajun New Orleans-style food. We’ve got six new spots for you to check out this fall.
Ramen noodles will never be the same. Magazine Street’s Nomiya brings the flavors of Japan to New Orleans. (Nomiya itself stands for “New Orleans ramen bar.”) Order your ramen, pile on the toppings, and take a seat next to the comic wall or graffiti wall in this new uptown delight. 4226 Magazine St.
This cajun-inspired menu will have your mouth watering over boudin balls, andouille, crispy duck confit, and, of course, Louisiana gumbo. (DTB stands for Down the Bayou and offers everything along the way.) Even the menu itself is divided into categories like sociables, beaucoup plates, and lagniappe. Don’t forget to check out the cocktails, which features drink concoctions such as the magnolia and Pontchartrain punch. It doesn’t get more New Orleans than that, y’all. 8201 Oak St., Suite 1
Take one look at owner and chef Beth Biundo’s creations and it’s no surprise that she has a background in interior design. Carefully sculpted and beautifully designed, her cakes are not only pleasing to the eye but packed with plenty of flavor. Whether you’d like to try the more adventurous combination of gingerbread with pear and brown sugar buttercream, or stick to the old-fashioned chocolate cake, the menu at this sweet shop has something for everyone. In addition to cakes, there are tarts, cupcakes, and cookies that come in all shapes and sizes. Go ahead, have cake for breakfast. 3917 Baronne St.
You can find this new restaurant inside the historic NOPSI Hotel. It offers both a casual and sophisticated vibe, much like the hotel itself. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, these menus offer vast options while sticking to the theme of classic New Orleans cuisine. Public Service features an open kitchen and raw bar along with all the history you’ll find there. 311 Baronne St.
5. Saffron Nola
Craving Indian cuisine in a beautiful setting? Saffron Nola infuses the architecture and design of India into its restaurants and its dishes. Velvet-back chairs and a modern color palette offer an elegant yet intimate dining experience. Stop in for dinner, Sunday brunch, or for an after-dinner treat as fragrant as the main courses. 4128 Magazine St.
In the spirit of Saint Cecilia herself, the patron saint of musicians and the art, this new French Quarter restaurant donates a portion of proceeds to The Roots of Music, a New Orleans-based youth-empowerment organization. Be sure to try one of Saint Cecilia’s craft daiquiris or cocktails while enjoying New Orleans classics like red beans & rice or chargrilled gulf oysters. Check out their three-course Saintly Summer Prix Fixe Menu if you’re in the mood for something special. 91 French Market Pl.