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Le Grand Easy

May 09, 2014
French Louie
The dynamic duo behind popular Brooklyn restaurant Buttermilk Channel, Doug Crowell and chef Ryan Angulo, have unveiled a 50-seat concept in Boerum Hill which lauds the marriage of French and American cuisines, namely the seamless mingling of the two to be found in New Orleans. Although it’s named after French Louie, a legendary Adirondack trapper, woodsman and hermit at the turn of the century, this handsome brasserie lined with mahogany, marble, mirrors, leather banquettes, and a quirky black and white mural from illustrator Owen Brozman is anything but rustic.

While Big Easy-inflected plates include tender buttery snails in a bowl of grits, hot fried shrimp heads with a chilled shrimp cocktail, and dirty rice with crab and pan-fried skate, other more classic Gallic options include a 28-day dry-aged steak served with frites and a green garlic butter, and a foie gras and country ham terrine served with brioche. There are also a number of clever Franco-American twists like smoked sardines with dulse butter on rye toast, or pork and rabbit rillettes with a huckleberry mustard, cornichons and ficelle, all offset by an unabashedly well-selected French wine list. The restaurant is open for dinner only at the moment, but you can expect breakfast, brunch, and lunch options soon, as well as a sun-dappled garden space that is set to seat 40. Lush!

320 Atlantic Ave / Brooklyn / +1 718 935 1200 / 5-11pm Sun-Thu, 5pm-midnight Fri-Sat / frenchlouienyc.com
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