Buttermilk Channel, a new Carroll Gardens bistro, opens tomorrow night. Owner Doug Crowell, a former manager of Blue Water Grill, thinks that people in the neighborhood who stop in for a bite to eat might notice some familiar touches in the newly completed dining room. “We bought a lot of things from stoop sales, cleaned them up, and used them here,” he said today. A giant suspension spring from an old truck on the bar attests to that fact. Elsewhere, parts of the restaurant have seemingly been assembled from bits and pieces of old Brooklyn: in the center of the room is a long communal table that was made from ceiling beams reclaimed from a Red Hook warehouse. The same craftsman who made the table also put together Buttermilk Channel’s pegged butcher-block bar.
Ryan Angulo, who was chef de cuisine at The Stanton Social, is Buttermilk Channel’s executive chef. He makes his own pickles, cures his own bacon, and has otherwise devised a casual menu featuring things like chicken and waffles and duck meat loaf (take that, duck meatballs). Crowell found a Vlad-the-Impaler-style spike toaster online and the restaurant is using it for grilled sausages. A separate vegetarian menu, which goes course-for-course with the basic menu, is also available. The all-American wine list matches everything. Starting tomorrow, and for a whole week, the restaurant will take off 10% your check: “We figure we’re 90% ready, ” Crowell said this afternoon, and laughed.
Buttermilk Channel // 524 Court Street // (718) 852-8490