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Best French (Traditional) Restaurant in Brooklyn?

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I realize that's a extremely broad question, but I've been obsessing a little too much over my Julia Child cookbook...and I've decided to toss it aside and go out to eat. I live in Park Slope, but am open to anywhere in Brooklyn...

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  1. I've had the same craving for the same reason. In Park Slope there's Canille on 5th Ave. I'd skip Moutarde. On Smith Street there's Provence en Boite. I just checked their menu. Pretty traditional, but no beouf bourbignone (sp?) if that's what you're looking for. Quercy on Court Street might work too. Enjoy your meal.

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    1. re: Claire

      Canaille is hit or miss. The owner can be stunningly rude toward customers, for no apparent reason.

    2. Also check out Bacchus in Boreum Hill

      1. The first ones popping into my mind are Chez Oskar (Dekalb Ave), an established stand-by with reliable fare, and Ici, also on Dekalb, but more American-French than the classics you might be looking for.
        Belleville on 5th Ave in Park Slope (nice decor, solid cooking), Jolie on Atlantic Avenue is very pretty and has "Lobster Sundays" and other good deals on different days.
        LouLou on Dekalb is probably closest to your idea of traditional French Bistro fare, and I really like their menu and execution, You get a lot of the standards from Onion Soup to Pates to Moules and Steak Tartare to Crepes and Creme Brulee.

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        1. re: flo

          Is LouLou still open? I know the owners moved to Vermont.

          1. re: Claire

            no, it closed recently. just found out.

        2. Petit Oven in Bay Ridge (276 Bay Ridge Ave near 3rd Ave.). Small, maybe 10 tables. Great bistro style food-cassoulet, short ribs, crispy duck. Friendly attentive service.