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222 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120540.689265 -73.970458
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
charming and inexpensive – We arrived last night for the dine in brooklyn special and it was a cute romantic restaurant tucked away on a Fort Greene Street. It was full. The service was excellent. The owner stopped by to chat with us. And we noted that there is a 19 dollar prix fixe special from Sunday to Thursdays. What a deal. I had a wonderful seared scallop on Mango relish with avocade appetizer - just the right size to make me hungry for the wonderful rare hangar stear which was seignon. Dessert cheescake was wonderful.
Cozy French charm and stellar seafood equal a neighborhood winner in Fort Greene. – The Scene
It's hard to know whether the French are moving to Fort Greene in droves or it's just that those who do always open a restaurant. Lou Lou's French country restaurant is one of the area's most popular Gallic spots: carefully-aged decor and occasionally cloying folk music are rustic, but both food and service are the epitome of polished.
The husband and wife team behind Lou Lou turn out French country cooking with pizzazz from this tiny kitchen. Star appetizers include quail with vanilla and maple glaze and butternut squash polenta, and scallops with portobello mushrooms in a vermouth cream sauce. The specialty of the house is seafood, of which the deliciously creamy monkfish--served with a roasted tomato and creme fraiche sauce and yukon gold potatoes--is the highlight. Rainbow trout comes pan-seared, whole and fresh in a langoustine sauce; try the crisp pike when available.
Underated Gem – Lou Lou in Fort Greene is an underrated gem as most restaurants in Brooklyn are. There are many restaurants in Brooklyn but this is in the top 5%. The food is great every time I go there. The service is better than most places in Manhattan. It is low key and unpretentious. They have a good wine list, which has a few non-standard bottles on it. The desserts are spectacular and are presented on the menu with a continental after dinner digestive offering. For an intimate restaurant it was amazing. It is definitely work the trip into Brooklyn to eat there.
GOOD EAT'N IN BROOKLYN – NO COMPLAINTS HERE. EVERY THING WAS SPENDID. THE FOOD WAS DELISCIOUS, THE STAFF FRIENDLY AND THE ROOM WAS INVITING. IF I LIVED IN BROOKLYN I'D BE HERE ALL THE TIME.
Tingles – My girlfriend and I just spent our 10 month "anniversary" at Lou Lou. We'd walked by it dozens of times and finally settled on a Monday night. It was pleasantly uncrowded, the service was delightful, the garden adorable, the food (from appetizers to entrees) was delectable. There was even a French movie showing on a screen at the front of the garden. So so cute and charming! I'll be back often.
Mmmmmmmm! – I love Lou Lou! The food is fantastic and so is the service. The small setting makes you feel special rather than just another table. The new Prix Fixe during the week is a great deal but the weekend specials are really worth the price. Hope they have the monkfish when you go.
Place your bets... – If you had a chance to see Michael Jordan shoot some hoops in your neighbourhood court, wouldn't you want to at least see what the hype was all about??? Joe (the head chef at LouLou) has skills that put other chefs to shame, but will make you feel like you've stumbled onto a secret weapon. He hasn't been working his magic here for too long (6 months I think) but he has single handedly turned this place into a gold mine.
Lou Lou is the "Bomb". – I continue to be enchanted by the food, service and warmth of my favorite neighborhood spot. Though Mom & Pop are scarce these days, busy with the opening of their second restaurant, you would never know with the continued attentive, friendly service and consistently delectable food. Whether I order the nights special or a standard from the menu or even something Ive never tried before I know Im in for a treat. Lou Lou is still the best in Fort Greene and maybe all of Brooklyn.
too ambitious – The menu reads first class, but the food isn't. For a fairly expensive meal you should get tried and tested recipes, but they're not. Great ambience though, love the old wood decor.
Decent Ambiance, Good Food – During the week this place was quiet, you pretty much had the whole place to yourself. The food was good not spectacular.
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