Soul Food — With A Twist — Comes To Prospect Avenue

Interior of Butterfunk Kitchen. (Photo: Butterfunk Kitchen)

Butterfunk Kitchen — a “Soul Food Restaurant & Juke Joint” —  will open its doors on Saturday, April 2nd.

The new dining spot will be located at 1295 Prospect Avenue (and Greenwood Avenue). Butterfunk Kitchen is the second restaurant venture for husband and wife team Chris Scott and Eugenie Woo, who also own Brooklyn Commune.

The inspiration behind Butterfunk Kitchen comes from family recipes handed down over several generations, Scott said in a statement.

Diners will be able to sample soul food dishes “served with a twist,” like Crispy Fried Catfish with Jalapeño Jelly, and “classic mainstays” like Sweet Lemonade Fried Chicken; Buttermilk Biscuits; and Black Eyed Peas with Smoked Ham Hock.

You’ll also see twists on Pennsylvania Dutch mainstays like Scrapple and Shoo Fly Pie, Scott said.

Scott, who is Butterfunk’s chef, grew up in Philadelphia, not far from Amish country. He describes his menu as “soul food meets Pennsylvania Dutch. These creations are my family’s soul food. Each of these dishes evokes a food memory for me that I’m excited to share with Brooklyn foodies and soul food lovers alike.”

The menu also includes dishes from Scott’s family like Cast Iron Cornbread and Apple Roly Poly, a recipe passed down from his grandmother — “a warm apple dumpling with vanilla sauce, cinnamon and spices.”

Scott and Woo are launching Butterfunk Kitchen with dinner service only, six days a week (closed Mondays). They say they will eventually add brunch on the weekends, as well as live jazz and blues on weekend nights.

The restaurant will seat up to 30, with five additional seats at the bar. Prices range from $8 to $12 for appetizers and $16 to $26 for entrees.

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  1. It looks a bit pricey but that really depends on how big the servings are which is difficult to tell from the pics on the site. I may eventually check it out when the weather gets warmer as its a bit of a trek for me but I’ll first see some of the Yelp pics and such from the guests. The Baby back ribs and/or lemonade chicken sounds good and they have quite a few sides I wouldn’t mind trying out. Nice to have something a bit different in the neighborhood.

  2. If the quality is good then those prices and not that high. They don’t sound much higher then Le Paddock one block to the north.

  3. Yea the prices are similar to what is in the neighborhood its just that many times I find the serving sizes to be lacking relative to the price. I’ve been to Le Paddock a few times (they were cash only at the time, don’t know if that changed) but I wasn’t a huge fan of their food, it was ok but again not worth the price. I think this place has more items on the list that I’m interested in than Le Paddock had when I went last year but I do want to see what the food looks like beforehand. I don’t mind shelling out some money for good food but when the bill is likely going to be pushing $60-70+ for 2, I’d like to know what I’m getting. I’m hopeful though 🙂

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