1) Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn; Carroll Gardens)
It takes a lot to get me up before 10am on a weekend. I wanted to go to the Brooklyn designer sale when they opened at noon and I also wanted to eat here without a wait (read: arrive around 10am, Yelp reviews for Buttermilk Channel mentioned a long wait). I am happy to report that there were no lines near opening and I got a fresh pick of the Baggu bags at the sale. The sale paled in comparison with their December sale in selection, but the prices were lower.
Buttermilk Channel refers to the strait between Brooklyn and Governors Island that used to be frequented by dairy farmers back in the day. The cuisine is Southern with a twist. The brunch menu is extensive enough to please everyone. The fried pork chop & cheddar waffles with maple syrup is the perfect dish for those who love sweet and savory. The pork chop was pretty lean and perfectly fried/seasoned. The cheddar waffle reminded me of Cheez It crackers, in a good way. The short rib hash with toast and eggs was well seasoned and simple. Up until this point, I kept on thinking my mom could totally make these dishes. She makes a great pork chop and the short rib hash tastes similar to her Chinese-style rib dishes. Of course we had to try the buttermilk pancakes. They were decadent and reminded me of shortbread cookies.
2) Brindle Room (277 East 10th Street, NYC; East Village)
I noticed SeamlessWeb added a bunch of restaurants recently. I hate figuring out what to eat when I’m really hungry and the plethora of options in this neighborhood, or NYC in general, does not make decision making any easier! Figuring out what to eat often trumps most work-related decisions in difficulty. One can only eat so many toast-and-yogurt meals.
I ended up ordering the Brindle Room burger. According to online research, the burger is made of leftover trimmings from the owner’s steakhouse in NJ, where the steak is dry aged. A Yelper compared it to Minetta Tavern’s Black Label burger, so I had to try it. I’m sad to report that this burger was tasty, but mediocre, and the fries were a massive oversalted mess. The poor spuds died in vain.