The specialty of Buttercooky Bakery & Café has always been its pies, cakes, and pastries inspired by European cuisine. But now, the Huntington location is following in the footsteps of its Manhasset outpost, which in 2015 began serving savory eats like avocado toast, omelets, waffles and aça* bowls.
The free-standing building on the outskirts of the village recently underwent a modern renovation, removing all the wood from its interior and replacing it with marble. Most of the space is filled with large display cases stocked with desserts, while the entire right-wing is devoted to the new cafe.
If you order at the counter first, you’ll be seated in The Cafe, a bright and airy room with nearly full-length windows and just over a dozen tables. A breakfast wrap with oven-roasted potatoes, cheese, and sriracha mayo costs $8.95; chai oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, and steamed chai costs $5.50; Lorraine quiche with bacon and cheese costs $7.50; a quinoa salad with spinach, avocado, tricolor peppers, cranberries, and lemon vinaigrette costs $8.95; and a chicken Gorgonzola panini with arugula and caramelized. The menu taps out at $11.
As for drinks, the revamped bakery has implemented smoothies, frappés and shakes. Buttercooky’s beverage menu also includes hot chocolate, herbal tea, chai, and its own Java-based beverages like cold brew, nitro cold brew, and the more traditional Americano, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and affogato. Delivery and catering are available for its entire menu.
Francesco Borgognone, son of owner Ben Borgognone, and Jimmy Dunbar, a friend of many years, lead the cafe’s mission. But don’t think Ben is slowing down – he’s actually working on his own project, BC Bistro, which will open next door to Buttercooky Bakery & Café in Floral Park this spring. The pastry chef will be working at a restaurant and bar with table service for the first time. With white, green, and gold tiles, as well as real walnut wood and marble, the new 3,000-square-foot eatery has a European flare. Jorge Madrid, whose resume includes Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Daniel, Union Square Cafe and Picholine, all in Manhattan, will oversee the kitchen.
Buttercooky Bakery & Café of Huntington will soon be able to officially add the suffix “café” to its name. According to co-owner Francesco Borgognone, the shop recently finished renovations that will add baked goods and seating.
It has been refurbished to have a “modern and contemporary bakery and café feel.” Up to 18 people can be seated. In addition to the baked goods Buttercooky has served to Huntington residents for the past four years, it will soon offer a variety of new menu items: quiche, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, paninis, salads, smoothies, and acai bowls. The new menu will be ready in two weeks, according to Borgognone.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, renovations were made. Due to COVID-19, Borgognone said, business and the revamp had a “tough” stretch.
“There were many challenges along the way, yet we learned to adapt and overcome them all. It was an adjustment period, but we are thrilled with how everything turned out. We are taking all necessary safety precautions, and we look forward to seeing old and new faces.”
Burgundy, his brother Benny Jr., and their father Ben operate 3 Buttercooky Bakery & Café locations: Huntington, Floral Park, and Manhasset.
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