Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.676024 -73.999235
Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 12:00am
10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Neighborhoods: Carroll Gardens
great food, (mostly) good service – I just want to give Buttermilk Channel a shout-out. I used to live in Carroll Gardens and have had a number of delicious brunches there. Yes, it gets crowded, but what good Brooklyn restaurant doesn't? The food is delicious and well-prepared.
I recently moved to Windsor Terrace. For my husband's birthday, I organized a family brunch of 12 people. I tried my best to get us a reservation at a brunch spot in Park Slope, but absolutely no luck. Stone Park Cafe simply would not take a party that large, even as a walk-in, which I found ridiculous. Applewood told me they could take us, but only if we came at 10, so I completely rearranged our plans, then when I called back, they said they actually couldn't take us at all. Nice, right? And they weren't very nice about it.
Buttermilk Channel, on the other hand, was happy to give us a reservation, and the person I spoke with on the phone was very sweet. So, we'll be heading back to Carroll Gardens for birthdays from now on. Yes, there is some good cooking going on in Park Slope, but in my opinion, those restaurants have too much attitude, like they're God's gift to hungry brunchers. I hope that never happens to this nice little enclave at the end of Court St.
Don't do it...plenty of better places – First, had to wait for 1 1/2 hours for a table; OK, some would say, that's because it's a place in high demand. Yes, indeed. After NYTimes and New Yorker reviews, this place is packed. Overheard one women upon exiting saying, "Recession? What recession?" to give you an idea. However, the food is mediocre at best. But, worst of all is the fact that this place takes you to the cleaners with no consideration or class. During my 1.5 hr wait, I ordered a glass of Riesling: $9 on the wine list, and was charged $10; I gave $1 tip, as is customary and assumed I read the price incorrectly; after checking it, it was clear it was $9. I then ordered the chardonnay (from a different bartender and inquired about the price of the riesling; she confirmed it was $9) But, my $8 listed chardonnay was now $9 to her hand! Oh, "because of tax", she said!?! Go figure! The $9 glass of Riesling has 11% tax; the $8 Chardonnay has 12.5% tax; Hmmmm, sounds like a scam to me! And, when the owner (Doug) was asked about this, he, too, said, "9, even?"; "10, even?" "That's not right!" And, claimed it was an issue of "the computer"!!! Then, he was whisked away by some friend or other. After we gathered our coats he came back asking if we wanted the two dollars back, etc. I simply said, no, but you should check your people; he then went on a tangent about how he has to pay taxes for wine, beer, liquor, etc. And when we insisted that there were no bars that we frequented that required us to pay tax on a beverage listed on the menu, he proceeded to tell us he was "through with this discussion"; that we should "get out", etc. Never, in all of my dealings with restaurants around the world have I been so rudely treated by an owner! Again, don't even venture down there. Plenty of better places in more accessible areas of Brooklyn. Boycott this place. He deserves to go under. BTW..I only give it ONE STAR...because I have to give some sort of rating; if I could, it would have ZERO STARS.
Very good except if you're vegetartian... – Vegetarians look elsewhere - even their separate vegetarian menu, which is impressive to see, does not have anything very tasty on it. It all sounds good, but alas the 3 out of the 4 dishes I've tried - not so much.
I even contacted the owner to see if something could be done about this and I just got a quick "Thanks for you recommendation" e-mail.
Nice to have a swank restaurant in the hood however - great ambiance.
Editorial Review by Josh Ozersky – Carroll Gardens was the obvious landing place for a couple of classically trained young chefs who wanted to open their own American restaurant. But make no mistake: There's nothing funky about Buttermilk Channel, which owes a lot more to high-end seasonal models like Craft or Gramercy Tavern than it does to the ramshackle joints usually hailed as exemplars of the "new” Brooklyn cuisine. The room is tastefully appointed in the beige-bistro style and the service is prompt and professional. But the main thing here is the food: lovingly sourced, carefully executed comfort food with little in the way of modernistic flourishes. Everything is good, but the fried chicken is the real standout.
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