The buzz: The American south thing is really making waves and there’s little more quintessentially Southern than hearty, buttery cuisine and whisky-forward cocktails—two of the pillars at this hot, new opening on Duxton.
The vibe: Thanks in part to the achingly hip space created by the large concrete room, the long bar and a mix of wooden furniture and plush couches, LIB has lately been party central with lines out the door almost every night.
The food: A lighter and more fusion-y take on traditional NOLA cuisine. Dishes include Dusted frog legs with spiced apple jam ($25) and Tuna ceviche, fried pardrons & stone fruit salad $33).
The drinks: The spotlight is on classic cocktails created in the Deep South like the Ramos Gin Fizz (all cocktails at $18). The French 75 could do with a bit more depth, but the Sazerac, made with rye, Peychaud’s and absinthe, stands out for its seeming lightnes—but trust us, light it is not.
Why you’ll be back: It’s a great place to party with beautiful people and partake in a rich and comforting cuisine, without the imminent heart attack—for the most part.
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