Hugo Murray, one of the co-founders of Williamsburg's latest spot-of-the-moment, Butler, has hit upon a sweet spot—literally.
Barely six weeks old, Butler is the Australian's first foray into the food world (his background is in advertising), but has already proven itself as a must-visit destination. Situated on the corner of Berry and South 5th Street under the Williamsburg Bridge, the airy, plant-filled space seems custom-designed for Instagram. Low lighting, brass tabletops, and pastel colored coffee cups are positioned alongside caramel hued booth seating and robin's egg blue ceramics. The aesthetics however, are merely beautiful companions to the (seriously) incredible food. Murray partnered with industry veteran Rod Coligado and Michelin-starred chef Ryan Butler (former executive pastry chef of Piora) whom he met through friends when conceptualizing the cafe. The result is a compendium of truly delicious food. Whilst salads and sandwiches feature on the menu, the standouts are the pastries, which range from a breakfast empanada (a melt-in-your-mouth pastry stuffed with eggs and bacon), a to-die-for chocolate brownie with dulce de leche, an Australian staple—the sausage roll, a Morning Glory muffin with carrot, coconut, and pineapple, and a herb and chili scone served with whipped butter that will take every idea you had of a scone and turn it on its head.
There's also Intelligentsia coffee (which you can order from a side window during busier times), and in the future fresh smoothies and juices. For Murray, Butler is a chance to offer high quality pastries, quick to-go lunches and breakfast, and delicious coffee all in one spot. "There's nothing like Sydney's famous bakery, Bourke St Bakery, in New York," he explained over coffee. "Bakery's aren't really go-to spots for New Yorkers, and I wanted to create one." Bourke St is known for its incredible pastries, pies, and breads, and soon, we predict Butler will be too.
Butler, 95 South 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249