Two Stories is the tale of two restaurants, one above the other. At street level, Po-Boy presents the best in Cajun street food, while upstairs, overlooking the Canal Saint-Martin, Nola serves a modern gourmet version of New Orleans soul food. The place was designed by the English firm Alexander Waterworth Interiors (Ober Mamma in Paris; Tapas Revolution and Hally’s in London) and suggests the interiors of the houses of the affluent in Louisiana with its ceiling fans, comfortable armchairs and sofas, and dark wood tables. The people behind the project are the American Rachel Moeller (who supplies bread and pastries to top Parisian chefs) and her two associates, Maria and Birke. They recruited Ryan Pearson, a former starred executive chef at the Nomad Restaurant and Batard in New York. The young, talented culinary wizard serves a modern comfort cuisine based on South American recipes, together with fusions such as a fine terrine of foie gras and pig’s head, shallots in red wine, fava beans and green asparagus (€18); a delicious suckling pig preserve pan-fried with peas, carrots and pickled mustard seed (€26); and a strawberry shortcake (€16), a variation on the strawberry tart that is the signature dessert of pastry chef Emma Alden, also formerly at Batard in New York. These fine dishes are washed down with carefully selected and presented wines (from €6 to €11 a glass), which marvelously complement the tasting menu at €85 or the vegetarian menu at €65, both served on 6 plates. The service is delightful and attentive. There is also a Jazz Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
6:30pm to 10:30pm Closed Sunday evenings, Monday and Tuesday Average price: €55.