Following a $275 million renovation, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is set to completely revitalize the downtown dining scene

Overseeing this supreme culinary experience at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is Executive Chef Eric Damidot and under his supervision, the kitchens of the new Hyatt Regency New Orleans will be taking their guests and locals on an exciting gastronomic journey from sophisticated local cuisine to gourmet on-the-go! Fresh and simple favorites with a ‘farm to table” mentalily is what its about, incorporating local, sustainable ingredients and creating menus offering diverse culinary concepts and innovative flavors in warm and  engaging environments. 

8 Block Kitchen & Bar – Why the name 8 B Block Kitchen & Bar? It pays homage to the eight blocks that comprise Upper Bourbon Street in the Historic French Quarter, known for local culture and classic cuisine. Serving breakfast and lunch, the 360-seat, full-service restaurant will offer a menu of local, seasonally inspired dishes that fuses traditional New Orleans style with international flair. Start the day with delectable warm dishes from the breakfast buffet or sample the a la carte menu, featuring Fried Oyster Eggs Benedict, Papa Tom Stone-ground Grits and New Orleans Beignets. Lunch specialities include  She Crab Soup,  Rotisserie Coq au Coin Farm Chicken Gumbo, Garlic and Pepper Crusted Gulf Shrimp, Belgium Endive & Frisée Salad with Bayou Duck Confit, Grilled Cajun Black Drum Fish and the city’s famed Muffaletta sandwich. Additionally, 8 Block Kitchen offers beverages, including hand-squeezed lemonades, crafted iced teas, fresh juices and vintage-inspired cocktails. The exhibition kitchen as well as a sumptuous pastry station ensures everyone has the best seat in the house. The bar offers a curated cocktail menu and gourmet bites served in a sidewalk café inspired environment. Open 18 hours a day, the 70-seat bar provides a relaxed  setting for guests to start their day with freshly brewed, gourmet coffee and artisanal pastries baked on-site daily, or unwind with masterfully crafted cocktails, local beers and a hand-selected collection of varietals from notable young wineries. Complementing the innovative libations are fine cheeses and a variety of house-cured meats and sausages. The bar is the quintessential spot  to begin or end an evening and sit and watch all of the action in the hotel unfold.

Whole Hog Caféoperated by Hyatt Regency New Orleans, employs top-secret cooking techniques and a 2,000 pound smoker to deliver award-winning dishes, including succulent pulled pork, tender beef brisket, smoked chicken and finger-licking BBQ ribs.  The café also offers off-site catering and will be featured in Champions Square before the Saints games this season to  satisfy the barbeque cravings of New Orleans sports fans.

Vitascope Hall – Named after the world’s first for-profit movie theater built in New Orleans in 1896, Vitascope Hall touts a state-of-the-art entertainment system with 25 flat-screen TVs and histrocially modern American cuisine. Specialty sandwiches include the Vitascope Hall Burger; eight ounces of ground Angus and Kobe beef “potato chip crust” burger served with brie cheese and caramelized onions, Slowly Cooked Pork Belly Sandwich, and Po-Boy’s with choice of Shrimp, Fried Oysters, BBQ Beef or BBQ Pulled Pork. All-day small bites include Crawfish and Pork Sausage Pigs in a Blanket and Homemade ‘Chippery’ Potato Chips. A highlight of the Vitascope Hall menu is its exceptional raw bar, offering seasonal selection of locally sourced Louisiana seafood and top-quality sushi, nigiri and sashimi. The  also features crafted beers, as well as bespoke cocktails by the bar’s mixologist. With 210 seats and an abundance of flat-screen TVs broadcasting the day’s must-see sporting events, news and music videos, Vitascope Hall is an ideal setting for a mid-week lunch, after-work drinks or a football-filled Sunday. Additionally, the bar will soon launch an interactive iPhone and Android application to keep patrons on top of the latest food and cocktail specials, poll their opinions on hot topics, such as Sunday Night Football picks, pop culture trends and music preferences, as well as influence the bar’s music scene as digital guest DJs.  StarbucksWith approximately 60 seats, Starbucks at Hyatt Regency New Orleans will feature a selection of freshly brewed coffees and teas, espresso drinks and snack options. Conveniently located on the second floor, Starbucks will be open daily to guests and local visitors. 

Lagniappe Exchange – Guests looking to satisfy any-time cravings need to look no further than Lagniappe Exchange, a 24-hour fresh market and convenience store that stocks fruit, breakfast pastries and sandwiches, as well as a gumbo of the day, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, sushi and desserts, all prepared daily. Visitors can also purchase select toiletries, health and beauty products, and sundries.

More Great Facts About Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Hyatt Regency New Orleans features 1,193 guest rooms and suites, 200,000 square feet of meeting and event space, expansive
food and beverage offerings, and unprecedented service. Located downtown on Loyola Avenue, the hotel is adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome and anchors the vibrant Sports and Entertainment District. Hyatt Regency New Orleans borders the new Medical District, the Arts & Entertainment District and is just blocks from the French Quarter, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Mississippi Riverfront. For reservations and additional information, please call 888.591.1234 or visit www.neworleans.hyatt.com.

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