Flowers by Mitch’s Flowers mitchsflowersnola.com
In a city that’s equal parts Southern charm, French finesse, and scrappy eccentric, Seaworthy is a welcome newcomer. The cozy oyster bar, housed in an old town house that’s part of the new Ace Hotel New Orleans a few doors down, feels like a sea captain might return home at any moment. The mantel in the upstairs dining room is artfully covered with candle wax and leafy greenery, while the navy leather booths and emerald-hued marble café tables in the downstairs bar add a modern touch to the sailor’s clubhouse vibe.
Homemade saltines and a seafood tower take appetizers to the next level.
The founding crew behind the space are worth their salt when it comes to entertaining. Brothers Alex and Miles Pincus grew up in New Orleans and learned to sail on Lake Pontchartrain as kids before moving to New York. In 2014, they launched Grand Banks, an oyster bar on a historic schooner docked on the Hudson River, along with their partner, Adrien Gallo.
Miles Pincus, Anne Pincus, and Adrien Gallo catch up before dinner.
To toast the recent Seaworthy opening, the trio assembled a group of their Big Easy–based friends and family. From a kitchen small enough to fit in a ship’s hull came seafood towers straight out of a still life; smoked blue fish pâté with buttery toasted ficelles; and perfectly crisped shrimp and mirliton dressing, a local favorite. Guests passed around a lemon-studded salad of winter greens as Gallo circled the table, topping up champagne coupes. Executive chef Kerry Heffernan, who came down from his post at Grand Banks for the party, swiftly added a steaming saffron-laced broth to the seafood fricassee sitting at the center of the table.
Designing the space to feel warm and layered took the expert eye of New York's Home Studios—as well as a few final touches from Miles and Alex’s mom, Anne Pincus. She scoured her favorite antiques shops for oversize brass ice buckets and vintage nautical prints and paintings to round out the decor. All that was left was to shuck some oysters and pop the bubbly.
One of the oversize brass ice buckets Anne found at a local antiques shop (read on to see her picks).
Executive chef Kerry Heffernan and chef de cuisine Daniel Causgrove kick back before the dinner rush.
Mismatched vintage plateware and colorful cocktails create a festive vibe.
Anne Pincus shares her favorite spots beyond the French Quarter
As You Like It Silver Shop
3033 Magazine Street, asyoulikeitsilvershop.com
Come for the beautiful antique and vintage sterling silverware at affordable prices.
2727 Edenborn Avenue, yourrenaissance.com
This is my favorite treasure-hunting shop for antique European paintings, mirrors, and furnishings.
1400 St Charles Avenue, heirloomfurnishings.com
I frequently find a variety of interesting vintage china and crystal here.
Miles Pincus and fiancée Julie Tolivar take in the scene.
Smoked Blue Fish Pâté
Negus Napkins by Bole Road $65 boleroadtextiles.com
Shrimp & Mirliton Dressing
There’s nothing like digging into a seafood dinner to bring a table together. Family-style dishes and servingware in various heights, shapes, and colors add to the fun.
Josephine Napkins by Juliska $20 domino.com/winter16.