Buttermilk Channel

4.7
618 reviews
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American
Buttermilk Channel is an American bistro located in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, serving dinner, brunch, and weekday lunch.

The menu offers a mix of American regional classics and signature dishes. The restaurant is best known for its buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar waffles but also features fresh local fish and shellfish. A separate vegetarian menu is available at dinner and the menus always include vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options. The wine list celebrates the small, traditional wineries of America and France and includes organic and biodynamic wines. The full bar includes craft beers and a list of specialty cocktails made from artisan spirits. Open for dinner and brunch.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Buttermilk Channel! For this special evening, we're serving a luxurious three course menu for $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.2

Buttermilk Channel is a true Brooklyn Neighborhood Hang serving some of the best fried chicken in town.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 618 People Are Saying
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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Seems the food quality is declining. Have been here many times and each time it gets a little less appealing.

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family + birthday.

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LE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was prompt, and atmosphere was cozy. Would go again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Super tasty...

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. We will absolutely be back!

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AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone here is so nice and the food is delicious. It was a great New Year's Eve!

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was a bit slow, and our server was pretty unenthusiastic and slow to attend to us, but I'm used to this in NYC. In terms of food, we ordered the popovers, sweet potato soup and lamb salad. The soup was incredibly sweet and must have had added sugar/honey in it, as it was literally the sweetest sweet potato soup I've ever tasted. The popovers were interesting in texture, nice and soft, but a bit too salty as they had been sprinkled with large pieces of rock salt (which stuck to the honey) - it would have been better to have the honey/salt on the side in my opinion. The lamb salad was fairly nice. The lamb was very well cooked and fell apart easily, and the cauliflower was nicely roasted, however the salad as a whole was also way too salty. Overall, the food wasn't terrible, but I think the chefs need to tone down the over seasoning, as it could have been great if not for the over sweetening/saltiness.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Brooklyn!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

you made my birthday dinner special. thank you

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RK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem with a farm-to-table American menu that never lets us down. Very child-friendly in the early evening, and a great place for dates later in the evening; it manages to be both family-friendly and romantic. The menu changes seasonally, the ingredients are always fresh and there's an emphasis on using local ingredients, including very local fresh pasta, cheese, sausage and other delicacies from the venerable old Italian specialty stores in the area.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buttermilk Channel is my happy place. Whether I am eating at the bar with a book or dining at a table with friends, there is no other place I would rather eat.

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love thus restaurant! Never disappointed. Good to get there early for dinner because it gets noisier as the night goes on.

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BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately both my husband and I got very sick from the food that we had on Saturday evening. We both had the chicken liver mousse and duck meatloaf.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming, upbeat, smiles and laughter all round, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, clean, excellent bar. Kitchen was ON POINT! The real deal in Brooklyn!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared one appetizer, one main, and one dessert. 2 drinks each. It was $130. Not cheap. But a lovely place. Duck meatloaf is fantastic.

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MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our very first time at Butter Milk Channel and we had an amazing dinner and incredible evening there with old friends of ours. The service was as warm and friendly as the ambiance. The room is really lovely at night and filled up with a great mix of people - and even though it got pretty busy, the acoustics are really good so we never had trouble hearing our friends. The food and drinks were over the top good, two of us had the fried chicken and cheddar waffle, their signature dish, it was the best fried chicken any of us had ever tasted. My wife had the warm lamb salad which was mind blowing too. The green goddess salad wasn't what any of us expected but so much better, there wasn't a leaf left when we were done. For dessert we had maple pie sundaes which were amazing and definitely big enough to share.

I have to say it was one of the best dinners out that we've had out in quite some time and to be honest, I was a little nervous going in because most of the reviews I saw were for brunch and I wasn't sure if they had much of a dinner scene. Boy, am I glad we didn't cancel.

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes we tried were great: trout, burger, veggie burger, popovers, french fries. And the service was very attentive and friendly.

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best mussels I have ever had. They had a pork hop special which sounded incredible, but we came for the chicken and waffles!

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JC
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buttermilk Channel is cozy neighborhood spot. The Monday night thre

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Buttermilk Channel! The food is delicious. We started with fresh oysters on the half shell along with their to die for bites of cornbread, pickles and popovers. Salads were delicious too. Then my wife and shared the fried chicken with waffles and the veggie bowl both of which were out of this world. Of i almost forgot the squash tart as an app. Sooo good! Service is super friendly and attentive. A very warm place well worth visiting again and again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here numerous times and p

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NN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a warm and wonderful restaurant with a great menu, well-prepared. The fried chicken is the best in town, and they make a legit green goddess salad dressing.

The staff is excellent, charming, and pleasant, and it is a real neighborhood place where people come again and again.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. I have been here for both brunch and dinner. Everything they make is delicious

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NA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I give experience a 3.0 out of 5.0. The desserts are excellent and perfectly balanced. The meats ( Fried chicken and pork chops) are under seasoned. It’s a shame because it was perfectly fried. The coleslaw is outstanding and I love that they use Napa cabbage. Drinks are average and I wish they had an actual bartender tending to drinks.

The servers came off very sarcastic at first and not very welcoming. It was my sisters birthday and when they came out with her dessert and lit candle didn’t even join us or sing Happy Birthday. It was so dry. Eventually the waiters warmed up to us and gave us free almonds and bacon to take home. That was sweet.

Ambiance is warm and I felt like I was in a cottage. Musical choice was lovely and the overall feel was comforting.

I will defiantly go back for dessert and almonds. Please season pork chops more.

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G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant . There's a reason that they are now celebrating it's 10th Anniversary.

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food. Servers and host were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated next to bar station for pick ups and payment so was a little busy and distracting. The food was all salty and vinegary - possible the best combo for me :) Wild boar ribs were fantastic! Fried chicken was a large portion so I would suggest sharing. All in a great experience and we’ll be back to try more.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a business dinner. we were able to talk but the noise level was a bit higher than I would have liked, and the tables were a bit tight. BUT I WILL DEFINATELT GO BACK.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not a fan of places that don’t offer at least a bday dessert.

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Cologne Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

good food and decent service. Once we have finished our dinner the waitress was asking, if we want a dessert. We did not want any but used to want to drink a cocktail instead. For our suprising the waitresss was right back with the bill. They want to get rid of you, incase it seems you are not ordering / spending money any more.
In addition it is a very loud location.
Will not come back!

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a
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I was very disappointed by the food and the price I had to pay for sub par food. The only thing that I found great about this place was the service.

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the bar and loved every minute of it. We live on the UWS but we’ll be back.

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X
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - great service and not nearly as loud as many other places. The pecan pie sundae was particularly good!

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought my friend there for her birthday. For me it was the 4th time, for her it was the 1st. We were pleased from start to finish with our choices. Our server was friendly and most accommodating. My friend called me the next day to sing the praises of Buttermilk. Since they have a kids menu she's thinking of bringing her grandson there. Bravo.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Can't go wrong with anything on the menu

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely atmosphere. Really enjoyed my food. Excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So. Incredibly. Lovely. Great fried chicken, the trout was cooked perfectly, and the music was EVERYTHING!

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