The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Enjoy luxurious dining sans pathos with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of upscale Creole-French cuisine and drinks at The Bistro at Maison de Ville, located in the heart of the French Quarter.
Chef Greg Picolo uses seasonal ingredients to whip up contemporary Creole cuisine with classic French and Italian touches for lunch and dinner. Evening appetizers include escargot and Louisiana crawfish bordelaise gnocchi ($15), as well as salads such as the house smoked salmon rillette topped with poached egg and toffika caviar, served with a caper remoulade ($12). Dinner entrees such as the roasted duck twirl duck confit, herb risotto, and sautéed spinach in a ballroom of seared foie gras and grilled peach jus ($36). Lunchers and brunchers can enjoy the B.L.T. salad, a melding of frisée lettuce, apple-smoked bacon, and hard-cooked egg served with a delicate creamy vinaigrette ($10 at lunch. The Bistro also boasts brunch specials on weekends and an extensive wine list to quench the palates of diners and housebroken lemurs.
With excellent ratings from Zagat, The Bistro also offers a warm, intimate dining room with red leather banquettes and mirrored walls lined with Impressionist-style paintings, further solidifying its Old World ambience. A blooming courtyard with a tent allows romantic patrons an intimate setting for hushed giggles or an intense debate of fantasy polo prospects. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, The Bistro serves dinner every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and lunch Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reservations are required. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only. The Bistro will be closed from August 24 to September 8 for summer vacation and will reopen on September 9.
Zagat awards The Bistro at Maison de Ville a rating of 26 for the food, or "extraordinary to perfection." Gayot gives it a 14/20. Four Yelpers give The Bistro a five-star average rating, and seven Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5 stars:
- Great meal. Wonderful atmosphere. This is what New Orleans is all about..without the cliches. – GaY5617, Zagat
- A full-length banquette of tufted red leather adds to the warmth conveyed by bentwood bistro chairs and charming little paintings. – Gayot
- Everything that they prepared was delicious. The first time we went there, we ordered practically everything and cleared our plates, with still the hunger for more… – Adam S., Yelp