Buttermilk Channel takes its name from the waterway a few hundred yards west, between Brooklyn’s shipyards and Governors Island: Local dairy farmers used to say the strong current could churn milk into butter on the boatride to Manhattan. The borough’s dairies are long gone, but owner Doug Cromwell has done his best to find every other local specialty available, from mozzarella made right up the street at Caputo’s and sausages from neighborhood favorite Esposito’s to meats and vegetables from local farmers’ markets. He’s complemented the food with an all-American wine list heavy on East Coast offerings, like Hermann J. Wiemer’s Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes, Pellegrini’s Cabernet Franc from Long Island and a merlot from Brooklyn Oenology, made just the other side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Red Hook.
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This story appears in the print issue of June 2009.
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