The Restaurant’s history: On May 22, 1776, Jean-Francois-Marmontel and Andre Getry’s one-act comic opera Sylvain was performed in New Orleans. Residents hungry for something culturally rich, inventive and unpredictable were captivated by the performance. That same year, construction was completed on a three-story carriage house at what is now 625 Chartres Street by local landmark developer Don Andres Almonaster y Roxas. Over two centuries later in the fall of 2010, the restaurant Sylvain was introduced to one of the world’s most celebrated neighborhoods at the very site of Mr. Almonaster’s Chartres Street carriage house. A celebration of both new and old in its design aesthetic as well as menu offerings, Sylvain is an oasis of style and unmatched quality in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The Ambiance: Relaxed, Rustic
Must-Try for Brunch: the “Gulf Shrimp & Cornmeal Dumplings” (mustard greens, roasted sweet potato, ham reduction) and the “Champagne & Fries (an unexpectedly perfect combination of Delamotte Brut and hand-cut fries).
Overall Grade: B+