We stopped in at Bouligny on a Saturday night about 7:30 PM. The bar was full, as were the shotgun house row of side tables. The maitre d' asked if we desired a table, but we declined as our New Orleans dining options were in flux – which on further review a mistake. The bar staff’s field of vision was limited to the seats at the bar, which delayed our drink order. Once we were able to secure chairs at the bar, we were also able to score couple of well-made Old Fashions. The crowd consists of what, back in the day, would be considered yuppies – late20s, early 30 year old local movers and shakers.
We decided to get a table and score the appetizers. This was a good move, since we were divorced from the (in New Orleans standards) frenetic bar. The tables afford a view of the bar, either directly or via the marble mirrors. We were privy to local conversation from closely aligned tables.
For our hors d'oeuvres, we enjoyed the short ribs, langoustine, marrow bruschetta and Fritto Misto, a tempura style dish. The most memorable appetizers were the Fritto Misto and the marrow bruschetta.
Should you go to Bouligny during prime time, score a table, order a couple of drinks, some hors d'oeuvres and soak in the New Orleans culture.