Best new Brooklyn restaurant: Buttermilk Channel

OTHER NOMINEES: Bussaco, James, No. 7

This bustling gem was something of an underdog when it opened in Frankies 457--dominated territory. But you welcomed the competition and crowned Buttermilk Channel Brooklyn's best in a year of very strong contenders. The restaurant, already brimming with Kings County pride (the name is borrowed from a strait off the Gowanus Canal) seemed poised to take the title. Chef Ryan Angulo's comfort food—succulent fried chicken, a killer pecan pie sundae—sealed its fate. Buttermilk Channel 524 Court St at Huntington St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-8490)