Pies ‘n Thighs Brooklyn, NYC
Pies ‘n Thighs, Brooklyn’s cultishly-adored fried chicken joint, just went through a nearly two-year-long stretch of closure, moving, and rebuilding. When it finally re-opened about a month ago, Pies ‘n Thighs rookies could be forgiven for wondering what, exactly, they had been working on for so long. Pies ‘n Thighs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, still feels like what we imagine a roadside shack/eatery in Georgia to feel like, if we were to ever drive down said Georgia roads to stumble upon such a thing. With mismatched “found”-looking tables and chairs, hand-written signage, a smiley young t-shirted serving staff, all types of folks digging into massive plates of food, Brooklyn’s Pies ‘n Thighs nails the look. Much more important, it still serves one of the best fried-chicken, southern-sides, big- ol’-bisquit meal in town.
We did Pies ‘n Thighs Brooklyn take-out the other night, our first meal there since the re-opening, and it was amazing. The surprise star of our over-indulgent show was the Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, massive and dripping with juice, the moist, sweet meat dead-on balanced by a mound of crisp coleslaw and a big hit of vinegar via a single thick pickle. We’re still talking–dreaming–about this, days later. Also terrific, as expected, was Pies ‘n Thighs’ famous Fried Chicken, salty and crunchy on the outside, rich and juicy underneath. And that Biscuit? Dense perfection.
The three sides were also total winners, though everything sounded so good (Hush Puppies, Baked Beans and Cheese Grits were among the dishes we couldn’t fit our plates), that we’re going back, and soon, just to try ’em all. Anyway, our sides on this night were the Brooklyn Pies ‘n Thighs thick and creamy Mac ‘n Cheese (the pasta cooked just right, so it’s chewy, with some bite); some excellent Collard Greens, sweetened–but not too much–with bits of pork; and a terrifically spicy serving of Black-Eyed Peas, again, cooked to just the right consistency, the jalapenos bringing the heat.
Finished with the thighs, it was on to the pies… and, again, there were far more delicious-sounding choices from Pies ‘n Thighs Brooklyn than we had room for. The slice of Coconut Cream Pie was pretty spectacular, the crust buttery and with a layer of dark chocolate adding to the fun. We also really enjoyed our slice of Guava Pie, which was cheesecake-y and sticky and sugary and a perfect ending to an all-around outstanding meal. If you like this sort food, Pies ‘n Thighs in Williamsburg is soooo worth the trip.
Pies ‘n Thighs details
Pies ‘n Thighs is located on the corner of South Fourth Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, about a ten minute walk from the Bedford Avenue L train station. Pie ‘n Thighs is open for breakfast and lunch (on weekdays), brunch (on weekends) and dinner (every night, until 12:00 midnight). For more information and a look at the menu, please visit the Pies ‘n Thighs tumblr, here.