The Commodore review image

The Commodore


366 Metropolitian Ave, Brooklyn
Earn 3X Points

I made a pact with my arteries the other day. Basically, we agreed that I would eat nothing but steel cut oats and raw carrots for the next six months to atone for what I did to them at The Commodore. In return, they agreed to let me off the hook for putting butter on my fried chicken.

In case you aren’t already familiar, The Commodore is a Williamsburg restaurant by Pies ‘n’ Thighs alum Stephen Tanner, and it’s bad for you. Bad because merely looking at the food here will jack up your cholesterol thirty points, and worse because everything is so good that you’ll crave it all the time. Eventually you too will be cutting imaginary deals with your organs to justify frequent visits.

But before you ask the bartender to crush up some Lipitor into your frozen drink, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of. First of all, this place can be a shit show in the absolute worst way. After 9pm it turns into pretty much the worst bar ever, packed with people who probably moved to Williamsburg because they heard about it on Two Broke Girls. Even if you’re there early, ordering food can be kind of a pain in the ass, and finding somewhere in the place to eat it is another challenge entirely. There is no hostess and there are no waiters, so basically you order from a window and then it’s a free for all between you and all of Brooklyn for one of the few tables. We ate our food off a Pac Man machine last time we were here.

The good news is that none of it will bother you too much, assuming your main goal is to eat some excellent fried chicken and suck back a few Commodores (piña colada with an amaretto float) while you wait. Those things are dangerous. So much so that I have now entered into negotiations with my liver.

Let’s make a deal.

Sign up for our newsletter.

Be the first to get expert restaurant recommendations for every situation right in your inbox.

By signing up, I agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Food Rundown

The Commodore review image

Fried Chicken

Three thighs and a few tiny biscuits make up one of the best plates of fried chicken we’ve ever had. This is crispy, juicy and impossible to put down.

The Commodore review image

Caddilac Nachos

These are indeed the Caddilac of nachos, with such luxurious features as cheese sauce, crema, and three different salsas. Order them.

The Commodore review image

Hot Breast Sandwich

A fried chicken breast sandwich with a great name, even though instead of a “hot breast” we ordered it “medium” in fear of overstimulation. A nice sandwich, but this pales in comparison to that plate of thighs.

The Commodore review image

The Commodore Cocktail

As previously mentioned, this is a pina colada with an amaretto float. Heart medicine add in is optional.

Featured in

The Best Places To Have Dinner For Around $30 In Williamsburg guide image
The Best Places To Have Dinner For Around $30 In Williamsburg

The best dinners that $30 will buy you in the neighborhood.

The Bar Greatest Hits List: The 22 Best Bars In NYC guide image
The Bar Greatest Hits List: The 22 Best Bars In NYC

The 22 best bars in NYC, according to us.

The NYC Alcohol Delivery & Pick-Up Guide guide image
The NYC Alcohol Delivery & Pick-Up Guide

All the bars, restaurants, wine shops, and breweries that’ll help keep your bar cart full while you’re stuck at home.

The Brooklyn Delivery & Takeout Directory guide image
The Brooklyn Delivery & Takeout Directory

Want to know which Brooklyn restaurants are open for delivery and takeout? You’re in the right place.

Suggested Reading

Bobwhite Counter review image
Bobwhite Counter

Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.

Hill Country Chicken review image
Hill Country Chicken

With so many incredible fried chicken options around these days, this isn’t one to go out of your way for.

Pies ‘n’ Thighs review image
Pies ‘n’ Thighs

The new Pies ‘n’ Thighs has opened its doors, and Williamsburg’s most influential hipsters are rejoicing. This new, larger location is still turning out amazing fried chicken and comfort food classics.

Tipsy Parson review image
Tipsy Parson

Tipsy Parson has done a perfect job of creating a place that looks and feels like a Southern restaurant, but at the cost of under-delivering on the food. Look elsewhere to satisfy your comfort food cravings.