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Buttermilk Channel, Brooklyn, NY

Buttermilk Channel, Brooklyn, NY

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Ryan Angulo’s Buttermilk Channel is all about comfort food. His American bistro menu includes both grass-fed beefsteak, house-made pickles, maple-and-bacon-roasted almonds and buttermilk batter–fried chicken. The spot is homey, too, with a butcher-block bar and a communal table made out of ceiling beams from an old Red Hook warehouse. It’s loud and interactive, not an intimate spot for privacy and quiet chats. With no entree above $22, Buttermilk offers a warm welcome, terrific meals and stellar service.

Just a few days ago, before the birth of their baby girl Blue Ivy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated New Year’s Eve with an intimate dinner at the Carroll Gardens restaurant. The pair enjoyed comfort food like buttermilk batter-fried chicken, but the expecting star skipped the Champagne.

Matt of Food Republic bumped into the stars, and blogged, “on our way out the door from celebrating New Year’s at one of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Buttermilk Channel, we heard whispers that the couple was on their way. And sure enough, we soon could confirm that Jay, B and unborn child were seated in a cozy table in the back.” According the Matt, Buttermilk Channel’s chef Ryan Angulo offered a 3-course tasting menu that included “a rich foie gras terrine with pickled grapes, butter-poached lobster from the Red Hook Lobster Pound,” and duck meatloaf with “seared foie gras and a bittersweet chocolate and duck jus.”

Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street, (718) 852-8490