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Best of New York 2009 • Eating

Best Bar Snack

  • 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.

    See Also
    A Buttermilk Channel Slideshow and the Full Menu

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