A NOLA-themed restaurant in Midtown, Alligator Pear is a useful spot for your next team dinner, with three stories of space and crowd-pleasing Creole food. The two main dining rooms have their own bars, decked out with Jazz Fest posters and the same hanging ferns you’ve seen on balconies in the French Quarter. In case you need somewhere discreet to hide your drunk middle managers, there’s also private dining upstairs and in the wine cellar. In true NOLA spirit, the cocktails are strong, and you’ll need all the fried food you can get to soak them up. Order highly shareable servings of blue crab beignets, fried alligator bites, and family-style platters of shrimp and andouille jambalaya. An extra round of powdered sugar beignets will keep your co-workers happy until next quarter.