Doug Crowell and chef Ryan Angulo have charmed crowds with Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-852-8490), the American bistro they opened five years ago in Carroll Gardens. Now they'll have a chance to woo a different neighborhood with French Louie (320 Atlantic Avenue, 718-935-1200), the French American spot they opened in Boerum Hill last week.
At French Louie, they're starting with a French menu and adding American influences. The Tennessee country ham wrapping the terrine of foie gras, for instance. Or the crab dirty rice that comes with the pan-fried skate, which pulls influence from New Orleans, where French and American culture have long mingled seamlessly. There's a steak frites section on the menu, which features a lamb blade chop alongside more traditional cuts. And there are also a number of vegetarian dishes on the list.
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320 Atlantic Avenue (Smith/Hoyt)