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The seafood jewel in the Donald Link restaurant crown, Pêche’s 2014 James Beard Award victory for Best New Restaurant ensures that the Central Business District hub for nuanced, Gulf-influenced fish preparations will always be hopping. It’s imperative to order the whole fish for the table in its daily (ever-changing) form, but you should also select a smorgasbord of smaller snacks. They’re one of the best ways to fully experience the inventive nature of the restaurant. A trio of stellar starter options includes the steak tartare with oyster aioli, crawfish and jalapeno capellini and smoked tuna dip. Drinks with names like the Ancient Mariner and The Hemingway (Citadelle gin, maraschino, cucumber, grapefruit, lime) are refreshing and light enough not to overwhelm the food’s delicate flavors.

Know Before You Go: A table may be hard to come by. The bar is often the best seat in the house anyhow and far less in-demand.

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800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130