Brooklyn – Carroll Gardens
524 Court St. at Huntington St.
Carroll Gardens denizens have embraced Buttermilk Channel with open arms for its hearty American bistro fare and kids’ menu (mini cheeseburgers, clown sundaes). If you’re feeling friendly, there’s a large communal table where you can get to know your neighbors. Chef Ryan Angulo cut his chops at Manhattan’s stylish Stanton Social, among other places, and features a seasonal menu here, focusing on local, organic products. One hopes the buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar waffles will be available year-round. The restaurant is named for the tidal straight between Brooklyn and Governors Island, said to be so strong it could churn milk into butter.