Your guide to the 3 newest businesses in the West Riverside area

Your guide to the 3 newest businesses in the West Riverside areaPhoto: Amis des Paux/Yelp
Published on July 19, 2018

Looking to find out about the newest businesses to open in Uptown's West Riverside neighborhood? From a pet store to an Asian fusion restaurant, read on to see the newest spots to debut in this area of New Orleans.

Amis Des Paux

4858 Magazine St.

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Amis des Paux is a pet store run by co-owners Kelly Frisch and Sarah Johnson, who met through volunteering and fostering for Animal Helper, a local rescue organization that takes in and rehabilitates dogs and cats.

The shop offers New Orleans-themed dog and cat treats made with all-natural ingredients like fruit, veggies, meat and spices, according to its website.

Amis des Paux has one review so far from Rebekah T.

She wrote, "This store is so adorable. My dog loved the treats. It is a great place to buy unique New Orleans dog treats. The owner was a very friendly and helpful. I'll definitely be back."

Amis des Paux is open from 1 p.m.–7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m.–8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.)

Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine

737 Octavia St.

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Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine originated at Metairie Road in 2000 from owners Tarek Tay, Gaby Saliba and Hicham Khodr. Since then, it's expanded to multiple restaurants, including this one on Octavia street.

At this location, build your own bowl, wrap, Greek salad or platter. Start with the meat and veggie menu: chicken shawarma, gyro, falafel, roasted veggies and more. Next, add toppings like baba ghanoush, hummus, onions, pickled turnips and cucumbers. Finish your meal off with sides (for wraps and platters only): cabbage salad, garbanzo salad, brown rice, potatoes and more. Sauces include taratour, tzatziki, toum and balsamic vinaigrette. (Find the full menu here.)

Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine's current Yelp rating of three stars out of nine reviews indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper Munzer Q. wrote, "This new location for Byblos will do well in Uptown because the place is inviting, the service was exceptional and the food was very good."

Yelper David T. wrote, "I find the food here very good and the prices very reasonable. I've been here several times since it opened due to the convenience and quality of the food."

Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. from Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Luvi Restaurant

5236 Tchoupitoulas St.

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LUVI Restaurant, run by chef Hao Gong, provides "Shanghai comfort food with a punch of Japanese," per its website. 

The raw bar includes items like Snow White II, white fish ceviche served with fried garlic, rice krispies and yuzu sauce. Or sample small plates like the Lion's Head — a crab and pork meatball marinated in bone broth. Medium plates include Mama's Dumplings, made with pork, ginger and cabbage.

Luvi Restaurant's current rating of 4.5 stars out of 21 reviews on Yelp indicates positive feedback from diners.

Yelper Molly P. wrote, "My first impression of the restaurant was the beautifully decorated interior with lots of bold patterns. The Mala Holla and Mama's dumplings were both delicious and beautifully plated."

Kelley T. noted, "My husband ordered the All Raw Feed Me for $60, which was five dishes. They were all crafted with a lot of thought, tons of flavor and precision in the plating. All of the fish was super fresh."

LUVI Restaurant is open from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. from Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Monday and Sunday.)