- Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St., at Huntington St., Carroll Gardens; 718-852-8490
Food critics and neighbors of Carroll Gardens’s Buttermilk Channel have welcomed the arrival of a “nice” restaurant so far south on Court Street, but the best thing on the menu, the maple-and-bacon-roasted almonds, is only $3. Chef Ryan Angulo renders a hunk of Nueske’s smoked slab bacon, then toasts almonds in a portion of the fat. The bacon is mixed with the now smoky nuts, along with a bit of mustard powder. The whole mixture (Angulo makes it in two-and-a-half pound batches) is moistened with maple syrup. The serving size is only a few ounces, enough to sate without incurring death by snack mix: Just one mouthful is chewy and crunchy and smoky and salty and sweet.
Best Bar Snack
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).