A popular South Williamsburg restaurant with a crowd-pleasing menu of Southern comfort staples. The fried chicken is the standout, though the catfish is a close runner-up. Vegetarians will be happy too with a sampling of sides and salads. Pies ‘n’ Thighs is especially popular for brunch — chicken ‘n’ waffles anyone? — and serves breakfast during the week. Top it all off with a slice of Bourbon Pecan Pie and all is well with the world.
The food, not the venue, is clearly the draw. While the down-and-dirty Southern fare—honest, cheap and often delicious—is certainly in line with Brooklyn’s all-American moment, it’s an audacious departure from the borough’s judiciously sourced, seasonally orthodox, self-righteously ethical ethos.
“Naps are required” after visiting this “popular” Williamsburg storefront for “perfectly fried” chicken, “fantastic” homemade pies and other Southern “comfort food”; the “down-and-dirty” digs are “a tight squeeze” and “service can lag”, so be ready for a “long wait on weekends.”
Pies ‘n’ Thighs is Williamsburg’s premier outpost for fried chicken, with Southern comfort favorites that will easily make you forget you’re sitting in a shabby space under the Williamsburg Bridge. Enjoy expertly fried birds and dough (the old-fashioned doughnuts are big in both size and flavor), and flaky, house-baked biscuits. There are chicken buckets reserved for take-out, but no matter if you stay or go, complete the experience with a side trio of smoked pork collards, burnt end baked beans, and mac & cheese.