French Louie was busier on a Tuesday lunch than one might expect for a restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. It was more than half full when we arrived, and there was turnover during our visit. Because we visited on the first really warm day of the year, it was no surprise that the back garden was open and mostly occupied.
We noticed that the front of the house, where the bar and a small dining area are located, was noisier than the back dining room where we sat. The bar runs the length of the front of French Louie. It is flanked by a narrow dining area with smaller tables sharing a long banquette. The dining space in the back is wider with more banquettes and some larger tables; it seats at least 20.
There is a glass wall at end on the indoor space, with French doors leading to garden. Music was playing during our visit. The volume in the back dining area was fine, but the music was louder in the front by the bar. Overall, the soundscape was perfectly fine for lunch.
That said, busier times will be louder, particularly during brunch or dinner as people are more likely to drink and in our experience people + booze = noise. But since there is a nice-sized back garden, there should always be a relatively calm space available. Among other things, the garden shares a fence with abutting residential properties. That alone suggests the garden space will not be uncomfortably loud, lest the restaurant wants to incur the wrath of its neighbors.
We can recommend French Louie for lunch and feel fairly confident that a quiet option should be available during the milder weather months. Busier times will be louder, but they should be tolerable. If the indoor space is too loud for your tastes, ask for a garden table and enjoy the very good food and excellent service.
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Three course prix fixe menu offered Monday evenings along with regular menu
320 Atlantic Avenue (betw. Smith and Hoyt Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201