Buttermilk Channel

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Jeff Gurwin


Jeff Gurwin


Jeff Gurwin


Jeff Gurwin


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Before Buttermilk Channel peeled the butcher paper from its broad bay windows, Frankies 457 owned lower Court Street’s finer-dining beat. But this bright, charming restaurant—and its talented chef Ryan Angulo (Stanton Social)—has pumped some much-needed competition into this quiet corner of Carroll Gardens. Buttermilk Channel has a way with the locals, and the menu emphasizes its hometown flavor. New York State dominates the taps and the wine list; nearby Esposito’s Pork Store provides the links for a satisfying sausage roll; and a first-rate starter layers vibrant local delicata squash with tart buttermilk-based ricotta (made, naturally, in-house). Comfort-food entres also hit close to home. A singular duck meat loaf, packed with caramelized onions and swollen raisins, is served alongside the classic steakhouse accompaniments of creamed spinach fortified with celery root and a fat fried onion-ring halo. A more ascetic dish of flaky brook trout speaks of the South—the fish is rolled in smoky bacon and served over crumbly johnnycakes. Desserts are similarly straightforward: Doug’s pecan pie sundae (named for its creator, owner Doug Crowell) has the simple brilliance of a midnight snack conjured in your parents’ kitchen. The nutty, brown-sugary pie is pressed—crust and all—into an old-fashioned tulip cup, lavished with airy cream and Blue Marble’s butter-pecan ice cream—another local flourish for the consummate neighborhood joint.
Venue name: Buttermilk Channel
Address: 524 Court St
Cross street: at Huntington St
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5–10pm; Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat 10am–3pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun 10am–3pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: F, G to Smith–9th Sts
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, Disc, MC, V

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Alex Dixie

Went here with my father and a friend about a month and a half ago. The food was good, I had the duck meatloaf which was delicious. We had 3 waitresses serving us 2 of which were very friendly and helpful. One on the other hand was nothing short of a disgrace. She was aloof and arrogant. Whenever we tried to order something off her it was like asking a teenager to go upstairs and do their homework, rolling eyes and sloping shoulders. That I could just about tolerate, however she really did herself and her employers proud when my father waved at her to collect the bill and she retorted 'seriously? that's how you get my attention?' in a tone of voice suggesting nothing other than disdain. Admittedly he did wave at her in a kinda quirky 'jazz hands' sort of way (a little embarrassing I know that's what dad's do I guess). However he was not rude or disrespectful by any means. Couldn't help notice that she waited until she collected the bill (meaning less of a chance to remove the tip) before she really laid the on the charm. The saddest thing is (as my review reflects) that we have all remembered her behavior and actions much more than the restaurant itself, which is a shame because everything else was good. If I were to give 3 bits of advice to the proprietors of this establishment they would be SACK THAT WAITRESS!!! If you want to get in contact with me to discuss I would be more than happy.