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  • Submitted by: Jeff Wang
  • Submission Date: 14th Feb 2005



INTRODUCTION




The following compilation is an alphabetized listing of what New Orleanians find to be the Best and Worst about the Big Easy as determined from polls published by the following publications -

Times-Picayune (newspaper) various issues Gambit (entertainment weekly) Volume 13, Number 35 September 1, 1992 New Orleans (magazine) January 1993

The listings here are unique from anything found in a travel book or on the Internet because opinions presented are based on the multitudes of residents. Note: a '\' denotes a tie for that entry.





THE BEST AND WORST OF NEW ORLEANS







Ricky Graham
BEST ACTRESS


Becky Allen
BEST AEROBICS TEACHER


Richard Simmons
BEST AMBASSADOR


Pete Fountain 2. Harry Connick Jr. 3. Branford Marsalis
BEST ANTIQUE STORE


Morton Goldberg's Antiques
BEST ART GALLERY


Arthur Roger
BEST ATTRACTIVE NEW ORLEANIAN - FEMALE


Hoda Kotb
BEST ATTRACTIVE NEW ORLEANIAN - MALE


Harry Connick, Jr.
BEST AUTHOR


Anne Rice
BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP


Bohn. Bros. Toyota 2. Ray Brandt Nissan 3. Lamarque Ford
BEST AUTO MECHANIC


Guy's Foreign Car Repair
BEST BAND


The Neville Brothers
BEST BANK


First National Bank Of Commerce
BEST BAR BEER


Liuzza's
BEST BAR DRINK


Pat O'Brien's Hurricane 2. Sazerac's Sazerac
BEST BARBECUE


Luther's \ Tipton County
BEST BARGAIN STORE


TJ Maxx
BEST BARTENDER


Larry Bernard (Mudbugs Saloon) 2. Mike Smith (The Columns Hotel)
BEST BLOODY MARY


Commander's Palace \ Copeland's
BEST BOILED SEAFOOD


Deanie's Seafood 2. Whitey's 3. Sal's Seafood \ Mr. Mudbug
BEST BOOK ABOUT NEW ORLEANS


A Confederacy of Dunces 2. A Streetcar Named Desire
BEST BOOKSTORE


Bookstar 2. Waldenbooks 3. Maple Street Book Shop
BEST BREAD PUDDING


Commander's Palace
BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT


Brennan's 2. Shoney's \ Bluebird Cafe \ Rick's Famous Pancakes
BEST BRISKET


Tujague's
BEST BRUNCH RESTAURANT


Commander's Palace
BEST BURGER


Port Of Call \ Camellia Grill 2. Bud's Broiler 3. New Orleans Hamburgers
BEST BUSINESS LUNCH


Caddyshack Cafe And Bar 2. Copeland's 3. Commander's Palace
BEST CAJUN RESTAURANT


Copeland's
BEST CAR WASH


Soft Touch 2. Brushless Safari
BEST CASUAL RESTAURANT


Houston's
BEST CHEF


Andrea Apuzzo (Andrea's) 2. Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul's) 3. Susan Spicer (Bayona)
BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT


Five Happiness 2. Trey Yuen \ Kung's Dynasty 3. Empress Of China
BEST CITY ATTRACTION THAT WAS THE MOST OVER-RATED

Bourbon Street
BEST CITY ATTRACTION THAT WAS THE MOST UNDER-RATED

City Park
BEST CITY DEPARTMENT THAT WAS THE MOST EFFICIENT

Sewerage & Water Board
WORST CITY DEPARTMENT THAT WAS THE LEAST EFFICIENT

City Hall
BEST CLOTHING STORE - MEN'S


Rubenstein Brothers 2. Perlis
BEST CLOTHING STORE - WOMEN'S


Macy's 2. The Limited
BEST COFFEE


Community (New Orleans blend) brand 2. CDM 3. P.J.'S \ Luzianne
BEST COFFEE HOUSE


P.J.'S 2. Cafe du Monde \ Plantation Coffeehouse
BEST COLUMNIST


Angus Lind (Times-Picayune) 2. Blake Pontchartrain (Gambit) 3. Iris Kelso (Times-Picayune) \ Ronnie Virgets (Gambit) \ Clancy DuBos (Gambit)
BEST COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE


Louisiana Land and Exploration building
WORST COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE


City Hall
BEST COP


Sgt. Marlon Defillo 2. Sgt. Ron Cannatella \ Sgt. Jeffrey Winn \ Officer Matthew Pincus
BEST COUNCIL MEMBER - JEFFERSON


Ed Muniz 2. Bob Evan 3. nobody
BEST COUNCIL MEMBER - NEW ORLEANS


Peggy Wilson 2. Jackie Clarkson 3. Jimmy Fitzmorris
WORST COUNCIL MEMBER


Dorothy Mae Taylor
BEST CRAWFISH DISH


Bon Ton Cafe \ Mr. B's \ Ralph & Kacoo's
BEST CREOLE RESTAURANT


Commander's Palace 2. Mr. B's
BEST DEPARTMENT STORE


Macy's
BEST DESSERTS


Commander's Palace
BEST DIVORCE LAWYER


no such thing
BEST DRY CLEANERS


Harahan Cleaners
BEST ECONOMIC NEWS


Casino gambling.
WORST ECONOMIC NEWS


Casino gambling.
BEST ENTERTAINER


Irma Thomas 2. Harry Connick Jr. 3. Dr. John
BEST ENVIRONMENTALIST


Garland Robinette
BEST FAST FOOD


Rally's 2. Chelsey's 3. Wendy's
BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT


Commander's Palace
BEST FISH DISH


Commander's Palace \ Ralph & Kacoo's \ Bruning's
BEST FOOD COURT


Riverwalk 2. Lakeside Shopping Center
BEST FRENCH BREAD


George H. Leidenheimer Bakery Ltd. 2. Schwegmann's Supermarket \ Zip's \ La Madeleine's French Bakery \ Galatoire's restaurant
BEST FRENCH FRIES


Rally's
BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT


Antoine's 2. Crozier's
BEST FRIED CHICKEN


Popeye's
BEST FRIED SEAFOOD


Deanie's
BEST GERMAN RESTAURANT


Kolb's
BEST GREEK RESTAURANT


Little Greek restaurant
BEST GROCERY STORE


Schwegmann's 2. Real Superstore
BEST GUMBO


The Gumbo Shop 2. Mr. B's restaurant
BEST HEALTH CLUB


Elmwood Fitness Center
BEST HEALTH FOOD


Whole Foods market
BEST HIGH SCHOOL


Jesuit 2. Ben Franklin 3. Brother Martin
BEST HOSPITAL


Southern Baptist Hospital
BEST HOT DOG


Lucky Dogs
BEST HOTEL


Windsor Court
BEST HOTEL BAR


The Columns Hotel 2. The Hilton's Horizons
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT


The Grill Room (Windsor Court Hotel) 2. Caribbean Room (The Ponchartrain)
BEST IMPROVEMENT THAT COULD HAPPEN TO NEW ORLEANS

There Was No Crime 2. It Were Cooler \ It Were Cleaner \ We Could Get Rid Of Crooked Politicians \ The Public School System Improved \ Citizens Looked For The Good And Not The Bad \ We Had A Theme Park \ It Were Drug Free \ God Were Mayor \ We Could End Discrimination \ Firearms Were Banned \ Sidney Barthelemy Had Never Been Elected \ Dorothy Mae Taylor Moved \ There Were More Jobs \ The Saints Won The Superbowl \ Everyone Had A Place To Bathe And Something To Eat \ Big Oil Would Return \ We Got Our Act Together Politically \ The Carnival Ordinance Were Dropped \ We Had Money In The Budget \ We'd Stop Knocking Ourselves \ It Weren't For The Heat And Stupidity \ More People Cared \ It Would Enter The Twentieth Century \ We Could Work Together
BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT


Taj Mahal
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT


Andrea's 2. Tony Angello's \ Venezia
BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT


Shogun
BEST JAZZ FEST STAGE


WWL/RAY BAN
BEST JUDGE


Judge Miriam Waltzer 2. Traffic Court Judge Oliver Delery 3. Criminal Court Judge Jerome Winsberg
BEST JUKE BOX


F&M Patio Bar 2. Port Of Call 3. Le Bon Temps Roule
BEST LATE NIGHT DINING


Camellia Grill
BEST LOTTO OUTLET


Time Saver
BEST MARDI GRAS THROW


emblazoned krewe cups 2. long pearl beads 3. panties
BEST MARGARITA


Cucos 2. Chi Chi's 3. Vera Cruz \ Santa Fe
BEST MAITRE D'


Dalton Milton (Rib Room) \ George Rico (Commander's Palace)
BEST MARTINI


Rib Room 2. Bombay Club
BEST MAYORAL CANDIDATE FOR 1994


Peggy Wilson 2. Donald Mintz 3. Dorothy Mae Taylor \ Civil Sheriff Paul Valteau
BEST METHOD TO KILL A COCKROACH


stomping (preferably with a pointy toed shoe)
BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT


Cuco's 2. Taqueria Corona
BEST MOVIE ABOUT NEW ORLEANS


The Big Easy
WORST MOVIE ABOUT NEW ORLEANS


The Big Easy
BEST MOVIE POPCORN


Galleria 2. Canal Place 3. Lakeside
BEST MOVIE THEATER


Galleria 2. Canal Place 3. Lakeside
BEST MUFFULETTA


Central Grocery
BEST MUSIC CLUB


Tipitina's
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT


Franky & Johnny's 2. Dry Dock Cafe 3. Liuzza's \ Mandina's
BEST NEW ORLEANIAN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY

Lindy Boggs 2. Pete Fountain 3. Branford Marsalis
WORST NEW ORLEANIAN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY

Dorothy Mae Taylor
BEST NEW ORLEANIAN WHO WAS THE MOST TALENTED

Harry Connick Jr. 2. Wynton Marsalis 3. Aaron Neville 4. Pete Fountain
BEST NEW ORLEANS WORTHWHILE CAUSE


Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 2. NO/AIDS Task Force 3. UNITY for the homeless
BEST NEWS OF 1992


Casino gambing approved 2. David Duke lost
WORST NEWS OF 1992


Casino gambling approved 2. City Council Mardi Gras ordinance
BEST NEWS STAND


Sidney's News Stand (French Quarter)
BEST NINTH WARD SAYING


Where Y'at Dawlin'
BEST ONION RINGS


Popeye's
BEST OYSTER DISH


Antoine's
BEST OYSTER PO-BOY


Acme Oyster House 2. Casamento's 3. R&O Pizza Place
BEST PASTA DISH


Semolina
BEST PIZZA


Lousiana Pizza Kitchen 2. Cafe Roma 3. Pizza Hut
BEST PLACE FOR A CHEAP DATE


Mid-City Bowling Lanes & Sports Palace 2. Loew's State Theater 3. 'submarine races' at the Lakefront.
BEST PLACE NOT TO COUNT CALORIES


Commander's Palace
BEST PLACE TO BEAT THE HEAT


Aquarium Of The Americas \ Daiquiri's bar
BEST PLACE TO CATCH SPECKLED TROUT


Cocodrie (Terrebonne Bay) 2. Venice
BEST PLACE TO FIND PICKLED PIG PARTS


Schwegmann's
BEST PLACE TO MEET A POTENTIAL MATE


church 2. 'I wish I knew' 3. Que Sera (on Wednesday nights)
BEST PLACE TO PLAY VIDEO POKER


Fair Grounds 2. Chris Owens' nightclub 3. Le Bon Temps
BEST PLACE TO PROPOSE MARRIAGE


Moonwalk (along the river) 2. Lakefront
BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADE


Audubon Park
BEST PLACE TO SCHMOOZE


Ruth's Chis Steak House
BEST POLITICAL HANGOUT


Ruth's Chris Steak House 2. Parish Prison
BEST POLITICIAN WHO IS THE MOST SINCERE

Jackie Clarkson
WORST POLITICIAN WHO IS THE LEAST SINCERE

Governor Edwin Edwards 2. Mayor Sidney Barthelemy 3. Dorothy Mae Taylor
BEST POLITICIAN YOU LOVE TO HATE


Governor Edwin Edwards 2. Dorothy Mae Taylor 3. David Duke
BEST POTENTIAL CASINO OPERATOR


Chris Hemmeter 2. Governor Edwin Edwards
BEST PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR


Morrison Camp P.I.
BEST PSYCHIATRIST


Dr. Richard Roniger
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY


Sergeant T-Ben Boudreaux 2. Rush Limbaugh 3. Walton & Johnson
BEST RADIO STATION


KQLD 106.7 FM oldies 2. WWL 870 AM new radio 3. WCKW 92.3 FM classic rock
BEST REASON TO STAY IN NEW ORLEANS


the food
BEST REASON TO LEAVE NEW ORLEANS


the crime
BEST RECORD STORE


Tower Records
BEST RED BEANS AND RICE


Popeye's fried chicken
BEST RESTAURANT AMBIANCE


Commander's Palace
BEST RESTAURANT DECOR


Grill Room 2. Bacco
BEST RESTAURANT OVERALL


Commander's Palace
BEST RESTAURANT THAT IS NEW


Bacchi \ Corky's Bar-B-Q \ Mike's on the Avenue \ Semolina
BEST RIBS


Houston's \ Stonebreaker's
BEST ROAST BEEF PO-BOY


Mother's restaurant 2. Parasol's 3. DiMartino's
BEST SALAD (CAESAR)


Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
BEST SALAD (CHEF)


Houston's
BEST SALAD (SEAFOOD)


Copeland's \ Ralph & Kacoo's
BEST SALAD (SPECIALTY)


Houston's
BEST SHRIMP PO-BOY


Lousiana Seafood Exchange 2. R&O's Pizza Place 3. Fitzgerald's \ Domelise's
BEST SANDWICHES (NON-POORBOY)


Maspero's
BEST SCANDAL


The Casino Proposals 2. Governor Edwin Edwards 3. The School Boards
BEST SERVICE STATION


Lee Circle Exxon
BEST SHOPPING MALL


Lakeside 2. Esplanade
BEST SHRIMP DISH


Pascal's Manale
BEST SNOW BALLS


Hansen's Sno-Blitz Sweet Shop
BEST SONG ABOUT NEW ORLEANS


Do You Know What It Mean to Miss New Orleans 2. New Orleans Ladies
BEST SOUL RESTAURANT


Chez Helene 2. Praline Connection
BEST SPORTS BAR


Champions
BEST STATE LEGISLATOR


Rep. Mitch Landrieu 2. Sen. Marc Morial \ Rep. Emile Bruneau \ David Vitter
BEST STEAKS


Ruth's Chris Steak House
BEST STREETCAR CONDUCTOR


Big Joe \ Fast Eddie
BEST SUPERDOME JUNK FOOD


Nachos 2. Dome Dogs Of Doom 3. Domino's Pizza \ Popeye's chicken on a stick
BEST SWAMP TOUR


Honey Island swamp
BEST THAI RESTAURANT


Bangkok Cuisine
BEST THING ABOUT NEW ORLEANS


food 2. 'the bars don't close' \ 'we can take our drinks outside with us' \ Mardi Gras \ New Orleans music \ Jazz Fest
BEST TRAVEL AGENCY


Southern Travel Agency 2. Uniglobe America
BEST TURTLE SOUP


Commander's Palace
BEST TV ANCHORMAN


John Snell (Channel 4) 2. Norman Robinson (Channel 6) 3. Warren Bell (Channel 8)
BEST TV ANCHORWOMAN


Angela Hill (Channel 4) 2. Hoda Kotb (Channel 4) 3. Margaret Dubuisson (Channel 8)
BEST TV COMMERCIAL


F&J Furniture 2. Bohn Bros. Toyota Bohn Zone ads 3. Audubon Zoo
BEST TV HURRICANE FORECASTER


Bob Breck (Channel 8) 2. Nash Roberts (Channel 4) 3. Dan Milham (Channel 6) \ Dave Barnes (Channel 4)
BEST TV REPORTER


Richard Angelico (Channel 6) 2. Hoda Kotb (Channel 4) 3. Mike Longman (Channel 4)
BEST TV SPORTSCASTER


Jim Henderson (Channel 4) 2. Ron Swoboda (Channel 8) 3. Lionel Bienvenu (Channel 6)
BEST TV STATION


Channel 4 2. Channel 6 3. Channel 8
BEST TV WEATHERMAN


Bob Breck (Channel 8) 2. Dan Milham (Channel 6) 3. Dave Barnes (Channel 4)
BEST VETERINARIAN


Dr. Thomas Rawls
BEST VIDEO RENTAL STORE


Movietime Video 2. Blockbuster Video
BEST WATERING HOLE


Caddyshack Cafe & Bar 2. F&M Patio Bar
BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY


French Quarter Bed And Breakfasts 2. Nottoway Plantation

THE FUNKIEST OF NEW ORLEANS
For those whose wardrobe sometimes resembles that of a Tijuana taxi driver, here is just a partial list of funky things about New Orleans. Funky is not just bottom-grubbing grunge or getting rug-sucking drunk in a bar that is lined with Christmas lights year-round, it is most of all an attitude - a willingness to see the ripeness of things.

FUNKIEST ADVERTISEMENT PAINTED ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO On the north side of Canal Street, the '5cent Uneeda Biscuit' on Dumaine, just off Bourbon. On the south side of Canal Street, the 'Send Her Jacobs Candy. Made Last Night' sign on Carondelet. Rumor has it that in the old days, fast women were called Jacob's Candy because they were 'Made Last Night'.

FUNKIEST NEW PLAYWRIGHT WHOSE PLAY DEBUTED IN CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER GARAGE Eddie Betz, who wrote a play that struck the heart and funny bone on several levels. 'Losin' Mannie' is a tale of three homeboys who take a lobotomized pal to the Florida beaches - and misplace him.

FUNKIEST NEW PUBLICATION
New Orleans Free Press. Who else used GiO's two best assets half-page on their inaugural cover?

FUNKIEST NEW ORLEANS FAST FOOD
Hubig's Pies. Coconut (fried) or Sweet Potato (round).
FUNKIEST PLACE TO BORROW A BOOK
Milton H. Latter Library on St. Charles. Built in 1907, a residence until 1948. Browse through your 'Figaro' sitting by a fireplace and under a chandelier, listening to the iron rasp of passing streetcars and gazing at a Parisian artist's murals of wine-heavy alabaster cherubs.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO DISCOVER SANTERIA
F&F Bontanica on North Broad. Check out the candles for St. John the Conqueror.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO DRINK COFFEE
True Brew on Ponce de Leon. When he's in town, the leader of the Rads gets his molten java here. 'Nuff said.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO EAT A MORNING-AFTER BREAKFAST
On the north side of Canal Street, Clover Grill on Bourbon Street. On the south side of Canal Street, Please U on St. Charles.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GET A BOOK
George Herget's on Magazine. Off the beaten track and has everything a second-hand bookstore should have, and more.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GET A HAIRCUT
Dix's on South Rampart. The last oasis of what was once the funkiest street in town. Many chairs, and much good gab. Sign in the window says '$5 for a REGULAR haircut'.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GET A POORBOY
Uglesich's on Baronne. The grease on the kitchen wall by osmosis finds its way into your bread. Try any of the seafood poorboys and scorn cholesterol.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GET A USED CAR
Dixieland Motors on Canal. Oldest independent car dealer in the state; opened this locale in 1952. Owner George Vulevich was lead singer for 'The Mentions', playing Sacred Heart and St. Anthony CYO dances in the '60s.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GET YOUR CLOTHES TAILORED
Ferdinand's on North Derbigny.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO GO BOWLING
Mid-City on South Carrollton. Where else can you gutter you balls with live music pounding in the background by the Iguanas?

FUNKIEST PLACE TO HEAR MASS
St. Augustine's, corner of St. Claude and Governor Nicholls. Old French mottos on the walls ('Si Tu Savais Le Don De Dieu') for old Creole parishioners, African oak altar for new black ones. Interesting Afro-European crosscurrents. Very upright.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO MAKE AN INSTALLMENT LOAN
Luckmore Finance on Baronne. Ripe look, complimentary Norman Rockwell calendars and their oxymoronic slogan: 'Where Friendship Meets Finance'.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL
On the north side of Canal Street, Heartbreak's on St. Phillip. Not great tables, but smoky and a place where a lot of the folks who work in the Quarter come after work. One the south side of Canal Street, Grit's Bar. If you've gotta ask where or why, you probably shouldn't go...

FUNKIEST PLACE TO RENT A MOVIE
Video Alternatives on Magazine. Here, you can get Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Nosferatu...AND a 1931 Spanish version that was shot on the Lugosi set at night. PLUS...the bearded guy who worked there just left for a commune.

FUNKIEST PLACE TO SEE A MOVIE
Movie Pitchers on Bienville. With a player piano, Wassily chairs, and pitchers of draft beer, it's an indoor drive-in.

FUNKIEST ROADHOUSE
On the south side of the lake, Mudbug's on Belle Chase Highway. On the north side of the lake, Ruby's off Highway 190 in Mandeville. It's got the look and feel; catch it when Rumboogie or King Bee is gigging - no credit cards please.

OYSTER TRIVIA
One of the best things about New Orleans is its oysters. For those insatiable list lovers out there, here is some oyster trivia.

NUMBER OF OYSTER SPECIES GROWING NATURALLY IN THE UNITED STATES Four

NUMBER OF THOSE SPECIES FOUND IN LOUISIANA Three

DOMINANT OYSTER SPECIES FOUND IN LOUISIANA Crassostrea Virginica

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF OYSTERS SOLD BY P&J WHOLESALERS EACH YEAR 10-15 million

FOUR WAYS FOR PEOPLE WHO AREN'T REALLY SURE IF THEY LIKE RAW OYSTERS TO EAT THEM

(most timid approach) Drenched in catsup, horseradish and lemon juice and served between two crackers. 2. Lightly dipped in a mixture of catsup, horseradish and lemon juice. 3. Eaten plain. 4. (most bold approach) Eaten plain and then sipping the juice from the shell.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF OYSTER POORBOYS SOLD AT MOTHER'S RESTAURANT PER DAY 40

AVERAGE NUMBER OF FRIED OYSTERS PER MOTHER'S RESTAURANT POORBOY 20-25

THREE MOST POPULAR LOCAL BAKED OYSTER DISHES

Oysters Rockefeller. An Antoine's original, topped with greens with a taste of anise. 2. Oysters Mosca. Mosca's restaurant; oysters with bread crumbs, olive oil, and garlic served in a casserole. 3. Oysters Bienville. Popularized at Arnaud's, baked oysters topped with mixture of chopped shrimp and mushrooms.
PLACES THAT WE ALWAYS ASSOCIATE WITH OYSTERS

Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville) - one of the last of the great old-time raw oyster bars; when the oysters are frying, the fragrance leaks through the vents out into the street. 2. Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar (739 Iberville) - along with Acme, the 700 block of Iberville is raw oyster row. 3. Casamento's (4330 Magazine) - a classic oyster house with white tile interior and oysters served in many ways.
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT OF A SACK OF OYSTERS 100 lbs.

APPROXIMATE WHOLESALE PRICE OF A SACK OF OYSTERS $20-$25

TOP LOUISIANA OYSTER PRODUCING PARISHES

Plaquemines 2. St. Bernard
BEST VARIATION OF OYSTERS ON A STICK
Oyster en brochette at Galatoire's

ALL-TIME FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS QUOTE ABOUT OYSTERS 'How do ya' like dem ersters?' Spoken over dinner at Antoine's by Mayor Robert Maestri to President Franklin Roosevelt.