French Louie

Restaurants, French Boerum Hill
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 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Smoked sardines at French Louie

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Flounder grenobloise at French Louie

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Foie-gras-and-country-ham at French Louie

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

French Louie

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

French Louie

Buttermilk Channel, that Beyoncé-baiting farm-to-table restaurant, is unabashedly taken with New York, from the Caputo's pasta tossed with chestnut ragout right down to its name (referring to the strait between Brooklyn and Governors Island). For their follow-up venture, owner Doug Crowell and chef Ryan Angulo look beyond the Empire State to locales slightly more exotic: Francophilic enclaves like New Orleans and Montreal. Named after Ottawan folk hero Louis Seymour, this French-inspired bistro dishes out smoked sardines with dulse-butter rye toast, foie gras–and-country-ham terrine and flounder grenobloise (in brown-butter–caper sauce). Find French and American wines in the 50-seat spot—furbished with a brass-backed mahogany bar, marble tables and brown banquettes—as well as classic cocktails from drinks man Tim Miner (the Long Island Bar, the JakeWalk).


Venue name: French Louie
Address: 320 Atlantic Ave
Cross street: between Hoyt and Smith Sts
Opening hours: Daily 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, G to Hoyt–Schermerhorn
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Meredith R

From petits through desserts, you cannot go wrong at French Louie. Each dish is beautifully plated, well seasoned and sauced and far beyond expectation. I recently went to catch up with friends over dinner and a bottle of wine, and we cooed our way through pate, mussels, trout, duck and roasted vegetables. Even after our bellies were full and our lids drooping from the warm, rich foods, we found a way to split the s'mores profiteroles. It might have been our best decision as it provided a nicely balanced, sweet end to the evening. 

French Louie is an experience as much as it is a delicious dinner. It's the kind of place that switches out silverware every course and does not rush you through the meal. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to our splitting with plenty of plates and cutlery, and my 'Thank Yous' on the way out were incredibly sincere. 

We cannot wait to come back when it's warmer to enjoy their outdoor space. The hardest decision will be if I get the Steak Frites or enjoy another menu sampling.

Carla S

From the same folks who brought Buttermilk Channel, this Atlantic Ave spot has the same lovely feel and lack of pretension as BC (if not its famed chicken and waffles). It DOES, however, have an amazing brunch burger and one of the loveliest back patios around. Seriously—go there during the summer and all the strung lights and trees will make you feel like you're in a life-size Bon Ap spread. 

Sean D

Try the bavette steak frites at this classically decorated French resto on Atlantic Ave. Service was top notch!