Buttermilk Channel

★★★★☆
  • 524 Court St

    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Cross street: nr. Huntington St.

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  • 718-852-8490

About Buttermilk Channel

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 12:00am Saturday Brunch: 10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday Brunch: 10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm to 11:00pm

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I had a wonderful meal here recently ... it's crowded on weekends, but that is testament to how good the food is! Wonderful service as well. I will be back and highly recommend.

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★★★★★

I had a wonderful meal here recently ... it's crowded on weekends, but that is testament to how good the food is! Wonderful service as well. I will be back and highly recommend.

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Reliable upscalish neighborhood spot. Popular for brunch but if you are more of the foody type who is more into substance go here for dinner because I think they mostly shine at dinner time with roasted meats and veggies. Try to order

3
★★★★★

Reliable upscalish neighborhood spot. Popular for brunch but if you are more of the foody type who is more into substance go here for dinner because I think they mostly shine at dinner time with roasted meats and veggies. Try to order

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Ok, the chicken is good BUT they put it ontop of the waffle. The heat from the chicken makes the waffle a steamy mushy mess. It doesn't taste like cheddar at all.

3
★★★★★

Ok, the chicken is good BUT they put it ontop of the waffle. The heat from the chicken makes the waffle a steamy mushy mess. It doesn't taste like cheddar at all.

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The owner of Buttermilk channel has brought a great restaurant and experience to this neighborhood. He is really kind and great with guests. For the most part the staff have been really great except for tonight.

Our server (one of the more 'mature' women servers) was particularly rude and over-the-top attentive to my husband - to the point where she filled his water glass and not mine, despite the fact that I was extremely thirsty from my salty scallop dish. After an entire evening of being overly gracious to my husband, I asked for the check (women do pay the bills as well) and her eye balls popped out of her head. She handed the bill back to my husband and not me.

Very rude and lacking class. I wish the food could have made up for the lack of service. Not sure I will go back unless I am hung over and in desperate need of brunch.

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★★☆☆☆

The owner of Buttermilk channel has brought a great restaurant and experience to this neighborhood. He is really kind and great with guests. For the most part the staff have been really great except for tonight.

Our server (one of the more 'mature' women servers) was particularly rude and over-the-top attentive to my husband - to the point where she filled his water glass and not mine, despite the fact that I was extremely thirsty from my salty scallop dish. After an entire evening of being overly gracious to my husband, I asked for the check (women do pay the bills as well) and her eye balls popped out of her head. She handed the bill back to my husband and not me.

Very rude and lacking class. I wish the food could have made up for the lack of service. Not sure I will go back unless I am hung over and in desperate need of brunch.

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I had been wanting to try this place out for a while now so when friends suggested brunch there I was ready to chow down. I ordered the Eggs Huntington (poached eggs on biscuits with hollandaise). Once my plate arrived I was immediately disappointed. The biscuits were puny in size and there was barely any hollandaise over the eggs. Once I cut into my "poached" eggs they were very overcooked. They were more boiled with a hard yolk. It wasn't just my eggs either but also my friend's who ordered the same thing. However the burger another friend ordered looked delicious (she confirmed it). I'll definitely give this place another chance but just won't be ordering the same thing.

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★★☆☆☆

I had been wanting to try this place out for a while now so when friends suggested brunch there I was ready to chow down. I ordered the Eggs Huntington (poached eggs on biscuits with hollandaise). Once my plate arrived I was immediately disappointed. The biscuits were puny in size and there was barely any hollandaise over the eggs. Once I cut into my "poached" eggs they were very overcooked. They were more boiled with a hard yolk. It wasn't just my eggs either but also my friend's who ordered the same thing. However the burger another friend ordered looked delicious (she confirmed it). I'll definitely give this place another chance but just won't be ordering the same thing.

Pros: Bloody Mary

Cons: Poached Eggs

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My friend and I was told this was a nice place - nice it is. The service is really excellent. Everyone there is so attentive. However, I wish there were a little bit more options on the menu. Otherwise, I enjoyed myself.

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★★★☆☆

My friend and I was told this was a nice place - nice it is. The service is really excellent. Everyone there is so attentive. However, I wish there were a little bit more options on the menu. Otherwise, I enjoyed myself.

Pros: Lovely atmosphere

Cons: The menu was very limited

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Not into the loud hipster feeling but does have a great interior. Went a couple times for a late brunch burger. The burger and fries are not that inspired. Kevin's in Red Hook is many times better.

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★★★☆☆

Not into the loud hipster feeling but does have a great interior. Went a couple times for a late brunch burger. The burger and fries are not that inspired. Kevin's in Red Hook is many times better.

Pros: Good interior

Cons: Loud and hipsterish

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Mmmmmmm. Excellent food -- the chicken and ribs are both highlights, as well as the pasta and other veggie options. Served in a professional environment that is not at all stuffy. This is a gem in this neighborhood. Go and enjoy...

5
★★★★★

Mmmmmmm. Excellent food -- the chicken and ribs are both highlights, as well as the pasta and other veggie options. Served in a professional environment that is not at all stuffy. This is a gem in this neighborhood. Go and enjoy...

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Tried this on a whim (okay, and because I saw "Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cheddar Waffles and Savoy Cabbage Slaw" on the menu) and loved it. A bit noisy, but delicious food. Also recommend the Beef Short Rib Stew, and probably anything else on the menu. Can only speak for dinner, which was great. Won't be eating there often on my nonprofit salary, but great food and wine make it a place I'll revisit. (And the name, for the curious, is from the mile-long tidal strait separating Brooklyn and Governor's Island--who knew?!)

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★★★★★

Tried this on a whim (okay, and because I saw "Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cheddar Waffles and Savoy Cabbage Slaw" on the menu) and loved it. A bit noisy, but delicious food. Also recommend the Beef Short Rib Stew, and probably anything else on the menu. Can only speak for dinner, which was great. Won't be eating there often on my nonprofit salary, but great food and wine make it a place I'll revisit. (And the name, for the curious, is from the mile-long tidal strait separating Brooklyn and Governor's Island--who knew?!)

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Buttermillk Channel has definitely been my favorite neighborhood restaurant since opening a little more than a year ago. They've gotten it right from the start, with service being one of the most important aspects of the restaurant, along with a reasonably priced menu. The burger is I believe, $11 and comes with cheese (some places they get you for a few more bucks with cheese) making it one of the best deals in the area. The fried chicken has developed a rep and with good reason..its fantastic, crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle and the cheddar waffles and syrup are amazing. Go BC!

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★★★★★

Buttermillk Channel has definitely been my favorite neighborhood restaurant since opening a little more than a year ago. They've gotten it right from the start, with service being one of the most important aspects of the restaurant, along with a reasonably priced menu. The burger is I believe, $11 and comes with cheese (some places they get you for a few more bucks with cheese) making it one of the best deals in the area. The fried chicken has developed a rep and with good reason..its fantastic, crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle and the cheddar waffles and syrup are amazing. Go BC!

Pros: vibe, service, fried chicken, appetizers, great burger!

Cons: occasional long wait

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Arrived at 8pm on a Sat. night to be told it's a 90 min. wait- but we sat at the bar and got served asap. The hosts/bartenders/servers were incredibly friendly and helpful, wonderful people. But the food was very overrated. I had the sweet potato/goat cheese croquettes, which were bland and greasy (and goat cheese and sweet potato are 2 of my favorite foods on earth!) I was starving and didn't even finish them. The mozzarella was bland on the "snacks" menu, and the rabbit rouilletts (sp?) were great but the pesto was dripping with oil.
For entrees, my hubby got the fried chicken which was also bland (but juicy) and generally overrated (the slaw it came with was great though). He asked for 2 breasts but one was a strange cut w/out a lot of meat on it. One tasted almost undercooked.
I got the duck meatloaf, which was too salty. The onion ring it came with was totally tasteless, and the turnip/parsnip puree was just ok.
Hubby got the root beer float for dessert which was WAY too wintergreen-y. My cappuccino was terrible. BUT my choc/caramel tart was AMAZING. I practically licked the plate.
All that, w/one glass of wine, was $100 for dinner. PLEASE save your money and go elsewhere! It is SO not worth your time (90 mins? Really??) and money considering all the other amazing options in Brooklyn. I mean, fried chicken? How the eff do you mess that up??

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★★☆☆☆

Arrived at 8pm on a Sat. night to be told it's a 90 min. wait- but we sat at the bar and got served asap. The hosts/bartenders/servers were incredibly friendly and helpful, wonderful people. But the food was very overrated. I had the sweet potato/goat cheese croquettes, which were bland and greasy (and goat cheese and sweet potato are 2 of my favorite foods on earth!) I was starving and didn't even finish them. The mozzarella was bland on the "snacks" menu, and the rabbit rouilletts (sp?) were great but the pesto was dripping with oil.
For entrees, my hubby got the fried chicken which was also bland (but juicy) and generally overrated (the slaw it came with was great though). He asked for 2 breasts but one was a strange cut w/out a lot of meat on it. One tasted almost undercooked.
I got the duck meatloaf, which was too salty. The onion ring it came with was totally tasteless, and the turnip/parsnip puree was just ok.
Hubby got the root beer float for dessert which was WAY too wintergreen-y. My cappuccino was terrible. BUT my choc/caramel tart was AMAZING. I practically licked the plate.
All that, w/one glass of wine, was $100 for dinner. PLEASE save your money and go elsewhere! It is SO not worth your time (90 mins? Really??) and money considering all the other amazing options in Brooklyn. I mean, fried chicken? How the eff do you mess that up??

Pros: Amazing choc/caramel tart dessert

Cons: REALLY overrated

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: delicious, interesting brunch menu

Cons: gets a bit crowded

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Looks good, crowded, veg menu...but, what more?

Cons: Owner has an attitude that is totally unacceptable

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: Great Staff

Cons: No good vegetarian or fish dishes NOT wrapped in bacon.

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