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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in New Orleans

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in New Orleans.

BY WORTH | Cities | Jun 27, 2019
Beignets and coffee. Photo by Shutterstock.com

Historically rich and culturally diverse, New Orleans is the definition of a melting pot. There is so much to do, see and eat in the Big Easy, so Worth is highlighting all the businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions worth experiencing on your trip.

Business

MADE IN NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION

Formerly the John Besh Foundation, MiNO seeks to provide education and mentorship for young chefs. The organization offers a scholarship program called Chefs Move, which is dedicated to increasing minority leadership in city kitchens. 900 Camp Street, Suite 4C13, info@minofoundation.org, 504.982.4778, minofoundation.org

NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

With more than 1,300 members, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce has been helping to create business partnerships in the city since 2004 and boasts some of the lowest dues in the South. 1515 Poydras St., Suite 1010, info@neworleanschamber.org, 504.799.4260, neworleanschamber.org

THE IDEA VILLAGE

Founded in 2000, this nonprofit holds networking events, offers mentors and organizes a cycle of activity that culminates each March in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, when startups meet with venture capital leaders and win cash and other resources. 900 Camp St., Suite 308, info@ideavillage.org, 504.291.2563, ideavillage.org

PROPELLER

This startup incubator helps small businesses and nonprofits take on social and environmental issues with a focus on food security, water management, healthcare and educational equity. Resources include coworking space and access to equity investments. 4035 Washington Ave., Andrea Chen, executive director, achen@gopropeller.org, 504.345.9836, gopropeller.org

GREATER NEW ORLEANS

This public-private partnership supports local economic development and entrepreneurship by advising on incentive programs and growth strategies. 1100 Poydras St., Suite 3475, Michael Hecht, president and CEO, mhecht@gnoinc.org, 504.527.6900, gnoinc.org

POWERMOVES.NOLA

A business accelerator for minority entrepreneurs, this startup has gained national recognition for the rapid success of its fellowship program, pitch competitions and boot camp. info@powermovesnola.org, 504.408.1038, powermovesnola2.squarespace.com

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Hotels

ROYAL SONESTA NEW ORLEANS

The Bourbon Street hotel is situated in the liveliest part of the French Quarter. Check out Restaurant R’evolution for its Sunday Jazz Brunch. 300 Bourbon St., 504.586.0300, sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans

THE PONTCHARTRAIN HOTEL

The Pontchartrain became a celebrity hangout in the 1940s, but it fell on hard times. In 2016, it reopened to its former glory following a $10 million renovation that includes several restaurants and a rooftop bar with sweeping city views. 2031 St. Charles Ave., info@thepontchartrain.com, 800.708.6652, thepontchartrainhotel.com

NOPSI HOTEL

Virginia-based Salamander Hotels & Resorts opened its NOPSI Hotel in 2017 after completely renovating the 1920s landmark. The space includes dramatic vaulted ceilings, classic NOLA cast-iron railings and terrazzo flooring. 317 Baronne St., 844.439.1463, nopsihotel.com

WINDSOR COURT HOTEL

Southern charm meets English style at this 316-room hotel featuring artwork by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and Jacob Huysmans. There’s a rooftop pool, boutique spa and afternoon tea service. 300 Gravier St., reservations@windsorcourthotel.com, 504.523.6000, windsorcourthotel.com

ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

The Roman and Williams–designed hotel draws crowds to the Arts District with its lobby bar, rooftop lounge and live music venue, Three Keys. 600 Carondelet St., 504.900.1180, acehotel.com/neworleans

HENRY HOWARD HOTEL

The hotel began life as a double-gallery townhouse created by renowned Louisiana architect Henry Howard in 1867. Now a boutique hotel, it houses 18 rooms along with courtyards and a parlor where you can get cocktails “to-geaux.” 2041 Prytania St., info@henryhowardhotel.com, 504.313.1577, henryhowardhotel.com

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Restaurants

JUSTINE

Blending upscale food with eclectic décor, chef Justin Devillier, James Beard Award-winner in 2016 for Best Chef: South, serves up French favorites, such as duck confit and escargots in bordelaise. On Fridays and Saturdays, this French Quarter brasserie offers a special late night menu, available until 1 a.m. 225 Chartres St., 504.218.8533, justinenola.com

DOOKY CHASE’S RESTAURANT

Stopping in to this iconic New Orleans restaurant, which serves up some of the city’s best fried chicken, is a must. Its unfussy soul food is as impressive as its collection of art by African American artists. 2301 Orleans Ave., info@dookychaserestaurant.com, 504.821.0600, dookychaserestaurant.com

SHAYA

Shaya brings Southern flavors and modern techniques to Israeli cuisine with a hybrid menu that’s raking in culinary prizes. Set in a light-filled space with a wood-burning oven churning out puffy pitas, Shaya feels as unique as New Orleans itself. 4213 Magazine St., 504.891.4213, shayarestaurant.com

HERBSAINT

Established in 2000, Herbsaint is the flagship of chef/restaurateur Donald Link’s empire. He won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2007, and the chef de cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb won the prize in 2017. The French-Southern menu is wonderfully fresh and deeply creative. 701 St. Charles Ave., info@herbsaint.com, 504.524.4114, herbsaint.com

PISCOBAR AT THE CATAHOULA HOTEL

The intimate bar at this 35-room boutique hotel showcases modern pisco cocktails, along with New Orleans-inspired drinks. 914 Union St., info@catahoulahotel.com, 504.603.2442, catahoulahotel.com

PÊCHE SEAFOOD GRILL

Winner of two James Beard Awards—for best new restaurant and best regional chef— this welcome addition to the Touro neighborhood melds inventive seafood cuisine with simple preparation and a casual décor. 800 Magazine St., 504.522.1744, pecherestaurant.com

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Experiences

THE NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING

Get your hands dirty at this Creole and Cajun cooking school, where you can learn how to create New Orleans’ notable (and delicious) cuisine. 524 St. Louis St., 504.525.2665, neworleansschoolofcooking.com

THE SPOTTED CAT MUSIC CLUB

New Orleans is as much of a jazz city as it ever was and renowned favorites like Preservation Hall continue to please. But it’s worth visiting intimate locals’ picks, like “the Cat,” where there’s live jazz every night with no reservations and no cover charge. Cash only. 623 Frenchmen St., 504.943.3887, spottedcatmusicclub.com

CITY PARK

A 1,300-acre wonderment, City Park includes a stand of nearly 800-year-old oaks, dripping in Spanish moss and with branches that drop down to kiss the ground. Hints of the city’s swampy past can be seen in several bayous and lakes on the property, and the Botanical Garden allows for a curated study of native flora. 1 Palm Dr., info@nocp.org, 504.482.4888, neworleanscitypark.com

G L-F DE VILLIERS

Native historian Glenn DeVillier’s walking tours of the city are among the best. Besides the usual, his repertoire includes everything from a cemetery and voodoo tour to a dog-friendly French Quarter stroll to a gay heritage and drinks tour. Glenn Louis DeVillier, 225.819.7535, glfdevilliers.com

BESPOKE EXPERIENCES

Whether you want private access to working artists’ studios, a VIP night at a concert or just a warm Café du Monde beignet without waiting in line, Bespoke can make it happen. Jennifer Simpson, chief experience officer, jennifer@bespokeprivatetours.com, 504.534.8874, bespokeprivatetours.com

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MARKET

The sleek home base of Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is part modern concert hall—guests and performers can text drink orders to the bar—part jazz archive and part community hangout, with a lobby bar and family programming. 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Sarah Bell, president and CEO, sbell@thenojo.com, 504.371.5849, thenojo.com

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