All week long, we’ll be looking at dining options around some New Orleans neighborhoods that are featuring night concerts after the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Part 1 of the series looked at the St. Claude Avenue scene.
Stars, both enduring and upcoming, have taken the legendary stage at Tipitina's, and the smart layout makes every seat a good one. When the show’s done, take to the streets.
Dick & Jenny’s
Dick and Jenny's.
(4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-894-9880)
“We’ll turn up the music” for Jazz Fest, promises general manager Abraham D’Aquin; you also cancount on extended weekend hours and added Sunday dinners April 27 and May 4 (reservations are a must). Besides the kitchen’s Creole-accented Italian standards (crawfish risotto, braised Louisiana rabbit over polenta), look for specials featuring soft-shell crabs and a coconut-curry hot pot brimming with seafood. A quiet cocktail list, weighed toward whiskies and Italian liqueurs, rounds out the night.
New York Pizza
(4418 Magazine St., 504-891-2376)
When the pizzeria’s dining room winds down (11 p.m. on weekends), the adjacent Bronx Bar takes over. That means the full menu can be had most nights until 2 a.m., including custom-stuffed calzones. Pizza pies can be super-sized to 16 inches, and generously topped. The ultimate bargain is the $5 select pint and slice, and there’s a strong beer selection, with nearly two dozen quality brews on tap.
F&M Patio Bar
(4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-895-6784)
When the last notes fade, hardcore fans will be standing at this jumpin’ joint, where the grill’s fired up almost to sunrise Thursday through Saturday. On the sizzle are half-pound burgers, quesadillas (gator sausage is an option) and chicken fingers, delivered with dipping sauce. The signature here is a dish of waffle fries, loaded with a trio of hand-ground cheeses (go all the way with chili-jalapeños). See you when the sun comes up.