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Mar 25, 2010 09:20 AM

Sylvain bar and bistro?

Has anybody heard of a place called Sylvain, evidently a new bar and bistro? It's mentioned at the bottom of the first page of this article from the N.Y. Observer:

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  1. I read that article as well and was curious. My friend is down there on business and I asked him to check it out.

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    1. re: roro1831

      I don't know what he'll be able to check out. I've googled and yelped but can't find any mention of it anyplace. I certainly haven't heard anything about it until this article. I doubt that it's open.

      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        Yup, I'm the friend. Can't find it. My google search did lead me to this thread though. Which is nice, lol.

    2. It's a work-in-progress.

      I hope the "Cajun Expats" explain to the Observer that New Orleans is not Cajun.

      1. I ran McCusker's name through the Secretary of State website and got 625 Chartres as an address. Looks like it was previously La Marquise Pastry Shop. Looks like Robert LeBlanc of LRG (Republic, Capdeville, LOA, etc.) is involved.

        1. This is Steve Garbarino, who wrote a piece for the New York Observer on expats moving to New Orleans recently. I saw that no one could find Sylvain. First, I have to say that writers don't write their own hedlines. Mine, jokingly, WAS, "Meet the Newyats." As in New Yorkers moving to New Orleans. "The Cajun Expats" made no sense to me either, matter. I used to be a reporter at The Times Picayune, and have lived on and off in my favorite city for six years, so I wasn't some newcomer to NOLA and its ways. I was simply reporting. Cut to chase: Sean McCusker, is running Sylvain, but it won't open until likely summer. We never said it was opened yet. It's on Chartres Street, a block or so from Jackson Square. It will be good. Yes, Robert LeBlanc is involved. Just helpin....Steve

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          1. re: steve garbarino

            Enjoyed your piece; thanks for reporting on some of the positive things happening here.
            And, yes, know that writers don't generally write their own headlines. (Yours was way better!)
            We look forward to checking out Sylvain once it opens.

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              thanks darling. went to recently opened capdeville last week in warehouse district. very good bistor food. they nabbed the boys from patois to come up with the menu. great jukebox too. the area doesn't have a more casual place to go and be loud.

          2. Hello - Sean McCusker here, partner/owner of Sylvain. We've been slowed down a bit due to installing our sprinkler system, but will be up and running in about a month. in the meantime, feel free to walk by 625 Chartres Street and take a look and keep an eye on Thanks for your interest and can't wait to see you there...


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            1. re: sean mccusker

              I ducked in a door during a rainstorm and happened upon this place. Met Sean I think..super nice looks wonderful...Sean was kind enough to take time to show me around...cant wait for it to open. Good work!

              1. re: sean mccusker

                Thanks for the information, and please let the eager eaters and dedicated diners on Chowhound know when you are up and running!

                1. re: swampsue

                  This looks interesting, Will definitely try the Porchetta poboy. For my money the Quarter desperately needs more non-new-orleans type establishments that serve good food eg La Boucherie, now a pizza place that struggles to attract more than two diners at a time. What many people don't realize is that the Quarter is full of local working people who need a place to eat lunch, that's why Felipe's regularly has larger crowds than either of the Maspero's, the Alpine and too many other places to mention.

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                  1. re: CharlieH

                    La Boucherie is going to start serving lunch again next week, with Tzarine doing the cooking as before. The menu won't be as big because she doesn't have the same amount of space or storage, but she's planning to have at least a few sandwiches and a soup, and she's already got her delicious quiches available in the bakery case.

                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                      Only a few days of fine tuning left before Sylvain opens. Thanks to everyone for their support and interest, particularly our French Quarter neighbors who have stopped in. We promise to deliver a truly unique experience within the next week-ten days. In the meantime, the menu is up at and I've started a twitter account @sylvainnola. See you all soon.

                      1. re: sean mccusker

                        Love the menu--can't wait to check out your rest. Good luck!

                      2. re: uptownlibrarian

                        I saw Tzarine the other day and she gave me the good news, Can't wait. ch

                        1. re: CharlieH

                          Hello - at long last, Sylvain is ready to open and will be serving dinner beginning Monday, October 11th. Although we have all licenses and permits, we are still awaiting the city alcohol license which I was told would be completed and delivered on Monday. I'll be at City Hall first thing Monday. Worst case scenario, we will open for dinner and guests can bring their own wine to enjoy with our menu that you can preview at Thanks again to everyone who has stopped by and helped spread the word. See you this week. Sean

                          1. re: sean mccusker

                            Keep us apprised on when you will be open for lunch. You should update your website.

                            1. re: sean mccusker

                              Sean, Is Leon's involvement day to day? Stopped in yesterday 10/10/10 and still not open. How does it look for dinner this Sat?

                              1. re: lilbanjo

                                they were open last nite. the duck is very good.

                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                    they didnt have the license last nite. served house red & white

                                    1. re: kibbles

                                      How's the place look? Nice "feel"? They have a courtyard, don't they?

                                      1. re: BayouTeche

                                        its not bad. the front door isnt the front door (kinda a pet peeve of mine w/ restorations) so you enter the alley and come thru the back. the courtyard seemed nice and the kitchen is out there. the restaurant itself has a lot of rustic wood, which i liked. the bar is copper topped which i also liked. theyre going for a dark, candle vibe which is cool, but the white walls treatment wasnt my bag (its some kind of textured tile deal) as its kinda stark. some stained crown modeling to match the wood elsewhere would be choice.

                                        the menu is best described as bistro comfort food. there's duck confit and beef cheeks, but theres also a burger and a chicken sandwich. we had the asparagus salad w/ poached egg and white grapefruit, but sadly the egg was over cooked and provided no yoke love to mix w/ the citric. (if you sell a lot of poached eggs id say just spring for that water-cooker thing that keeps them at the perfect temp). also had the cheese plate courtesy of st james, and were going to have the abita root beer float for dessert but were too full. service was a bit hectic and jittery but it was to be expected on opening nite.

                                        im thinking it will be popular for power lunches.

                                        1. re: kibbles

                                          I'll have to give it a try next time I'm in the Quarter.

                                          Sucks about the yolk. I know the disappointment.