Butter & Scotch

Restaurants, Bakeries Crown Heights
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Photograph: Liz ClaymanHoneychile Rider at Butter & Scotch
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Photograph: Liz ClaymanNegroni pie at Butter & Scotch

Carved into a narrow pocket on Franklin Avenue and awash in ’50s flair (chrome barstools, marquee lighting), this bakery-bar-cum-soda-fountain from Allison Kave and Keavy Blueher is a triple-hitter throwback. The boozy brick-and-mortar—the permanent offshoot of the duo’s beloved flea stall—serves coffee and pastries in the morning, snacks and spirit-spiked sweets in the afternoon, and drinks after dark. Tending both the oven and the stick, the flour-dusted pair proves it has a few more skills up the sleeves of their chef’s whites than just that buzzy bourbon-pecan pie.

ORDER THIS: Nitehawk Cinema bar maven Jen Marshall issues $10 cocktails like the frothy, gin-based Honeychile Rider, swirled with Mike’s Hot Honey and a heavy dose of passion fruit. The Hop Toad 1910 riffs on a daiquiri, with oaky, aged Flor de Caña rum offset by tangy lime and just enough earthy bitters to counter candylike apricot liqueur. A seasonal special, the Hot Buttered Scotch is a brawny blend of Monkey Shoulder and allspice dram tempered by a tuft of orange-infused whipped cream that’ll leave you craving another mug by the last sip.

GOOD FOR: The sweet retro vibe, complete with doo-wop soundtrack, sets the tone for an easygoing first date. Sit side by side at the bar for a piece of pie—bitters fans should opt for the Negroni custard, and sweets seekers can go for a s’mores slice—or snuggle into one of the vinyl booths tucked away in the back corner for a bit of alone time. There are plenty of playful bites to choose from, including grapefruit-wedge Jell-O shots and dark-and-stormy caramel corn, but among the best is a sticky-toffee trifle, layered with bourbon-soaked caramel-date cake and butterscotch pudding, that you can conquer together.

THE CLINCHER: The bakery operates alongside the bar until close on weekends, which means to-go treats like birthday cake ($45) and bourbon-ginger-pecan pie ($38) are always available to take home after you’ve slugged a few drinks. Watch the pastry magic happen from your barstool through a small window into the kitchen and you’ll see: Kave and Blueher are no one-trick ponies.

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

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Venue name: Butter & Scotch
Contact:
Address: 818 Franklin Ave
NY
11225
Cross street: between Eastern Pkwy and Union St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 7am–midnight; Fri 7am–2am; Sat 10am–2am; Sun 10am–midnight
Transport: Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave; Franklin Ave S to Botanic Garden
Price: Average pie slice: $6. AmEx, MC, V.
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A true gem tucked away prospect heights! I loved everything about this place from the food to the drinks to the decor. The women working behind the bar were superstars. The smores pie is to die for. I would love to go back and try a boozy shake!

tastemaker

These women are the real super heroes. 


The name alone combines two of my favorite things and they do dessert and cocktails right.


They're open until 2am on the weekends (and midnight during the week) and you're going to want to try everything. Just use it as an excuse to make multiple trips. The s'mores pie is literally perfect and I've heard amazing things about their birthday cake and brunch. They even have some savory options at the bar/shop too in case you're not a sweets person. 


Butter & Scotch, you're perfect. Don't ever change.


XO

Christa


It is such a cool and intimate spot for drinks and great sweets! I is truly a neighborhood gem. I wish they stayed open a little longer.


The menu alone is a reason to visit. Each item has a clever name based off something in pop culture. Also, boozy shakes...Need I say more?