The Brooklyn Star

The Brooklyn Star

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
276 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • mac & cheese
  • cornbread
  • lively
  • good for groups
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  • Eater
    EaterJune 15
    Williamsburg Southern restaurant The Brooklyn Star serves duck wings that are dressed in ground chili, honey, and fried garlic. The crispy fried wings are spicy yet sweet. Read more
    Upvoted Jul 17
  • David R.
    David RosenbergAugust 11, 2014
    The meatloaf sandwich is... terrifying. That said it will also do nicely for lunch tomorrow so get over how petrified you are and just order it. Cornbread also a must obviously.
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Nicole
    NicoleApril 14, 2015
    I went in with the 3.5yr old I babysit, and everyone was so kid-friendly (esp. our waitress Sandy). Big tables, big portions, and tasty drinks and food. Need to go back to try more! Right by the L.
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Let's talk about the Sunday night special. $20/person gets you two HUGE pieces of fried chicken + a side dish for the table-Mac'n'cheese, black beans, collared greens, mashed potatoes. Resos required
  • Tess S.
    Tess SmithJuly 2, 2016
    2 of us always think we can finish 3 smalls + cornbread + beer. don't be stuffed fools like us. Get 2 orders of the duck wings & a salad to split, THEN maybe get the cornbread (with bacon & jalapeno)
  • Chez O.
    Chez OngMarch 16, 2015
    Fried duck wings and Chuck Norris. This place has it all! The cauliflower salad is a little pricey but so friggin delicious. The chicken fried steak is a beast for $16 though! Their trout is tight.
  • Eater
    EaterJune 22
    The fries at this Southern restaurant are officially only on the menu as an accompaniment to the dry-aged, T-bone steak. They’re thick enough to serve as a vessel for sopping up sauces. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2016
    The cinnamon bun is like Cinnabon on crack. You might want to share this one with a friend...or five. But we won’t tell if you eat it all yourself. Read more
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LOctober 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac n cheese is my fave in the entire city (and I love me some mnc). The Pimms Cup is excellent. Fried chicken dinner is amazing... actually, I love everything on the menu. This place is perfect
  • Salih Seckin S.
    Salih Seckin SevincOctober 24, 2016
    South American kitchen. Mac&Cheese and fried chicken is notable. Chicken was crunchy and juicy. Restaurant atmosphere has yellow and brownish colors. A classic and local place.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 16, 2015
    The mac and cheese here is delivered HOT so be weary. Once it cools, enjoy the meaty and smokey taste of bacon and the sharp and creamy generous cheese application. Read more
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJuly 26, 2015
    "All animals are killed humanely with five point exploding heart punch" says the menu. Start walking. And order the cornbread with bacon and jalapenos to start.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 2, 2011
    Get your fix of Southern comfort food with big flavors and even bigger portions. You must try the Mac and Cheese Bacon with a side of corn bread or the Hot Meatloaf Sandwich on Pullman Bread.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: B. A dreamy brunch menu filled with decadent comfort food, a relaxed ambiance, and friendly service, but we don’t think it warrants the frantic scramble for a table right at 12 pm Read more
  • Monica S.
    Monica SumaNovember 6, 2013
    MUST have the grilled hake and little neck clams with smiked cod cheeks, it is sooo good! The spiced cider is really good too winter time.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 1, 2011
    On this family-style menu, the “small” plates are big & the “big” plates are huge. Try the popular bacon-flecked mac and cheese ($9), fried pig tails ($11) and tripe chili with Fritos ($9). Read more
  • Boris J.
    Boris JonesApril 8, 2015
    Brooklyn Star has some of the best Southern food going around, and being off the Lorimer stop, or a 20 minute walk from Central Williamsburg, it's a bit out of the madness of bedford. Read more
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon jalapeño cornbread and bacon mac n' cheese are MUSTS. The trotters are bangin, the kale salad is really good, the chicken (fried or half roasted) is incredible. Really can't go wrong.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RanzenbachSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty much anything you can order here is good. Come with a few friends and order for the table. Get the bacon and jalepeños in your corn bread. Try the fried pig tails and corn cobs. Tip Wayne well.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You MUST get the cornbread with jalapeños and bacon. They always warn you that it may take 20 minutes since each skillet is made to order. Absolutely worth whatever wait necessary.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusFebruary 1, 2012
    They’re offering 4 different Super Bowl trays for takeout including a batch of 40 Buffalo wings and bacon mac n’ cheese for 12. Find other NYC spots to spend your Super Bowl Sunday on MetroFocus. Read more
  • Angela W.
    Angela WenFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    For brunch: chicken and waffles are the star. For dinner: jalapeño cornbread, Mac and cheese, kale salad. The huge steak board is amazing to share with multiple people.
  • Wailana W.
    Wailana WongAugust 19, 2014
    Ordered the country fried steak, sweet tea glazed brick chicken and pork chop after a starter of Barnstable oysters. All good but took a very long time!
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon paradise. The Mac n Cheese with bacon is unreal, same goes for the baked-to-order cornbread with jalapeño and bacon. They even put bacon in the country fried steak.
  • Ella H.
    Ella HaizlipOctober 26, 2011
    They have a family style rib dinner on Tues and Wed. Smoked Dr. Pepper pork ribs are served with choice of house sides and a rotating pickle plate, for $25 per guest (3-guest min).
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandAugust 27, 2015
    Country fried steak was delicious. The hot slaw is actually just braised cabbage, but that's fine because I really like braised cabbage.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMarch 8, 2011
    This renowned Southern foodery is bringing you killer dishes like Dr. Pepper Ribs and bacon-wrapped trout. Bonus: Check out their Last Supper w/ Willie Nelson as Jesus; a definite high holiday. Read more
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurJanuary 19, 2015
    Chicken fried steak is solid -- light crispy crust on a well tenderized piece of beef. Mashed potatoes and hot slaw in the side.
  • Gentrifried Chicken
    Gentrifried ChickenNovember 6, 2011
    Serious southern cooking here. If you're not getting the meatloaf sandwich then stop by for the fried chicken dinner served every Sun and Mon. Hopefully lives up to their old brunch recipe (pictured.) Read more
  • Jamie A.
    Jamie AbregoMarch 2, 2014
    This is a great place for brunch. Really impressed with the food and presentation. Not crowded at all! Chicken and Waffles are awesome and the Blueberry Johnny Cakes!
  • Laser B.
    Laser BurnersDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This place is good, for sure, but not sure how it gets such accolades for "southern cuisine". I grew up in the rural Deep South, ate lots of wonderful things, none of which are paralleled on this menu
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkSeptember 29, 2011
    You may be wary when it comes to eating Southern cuisine in a place like W'Burg. But Brooklyn Star gets it right w/ a modern twist. Tasty food. Couples are sometimes seated @ communal tables.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinApril 21, 2015
    everything's pretty heavy, but TO ALL CHEFS, come here on a Monday or Sunday and see how fried chicken is supposed to be done. Best in the business!!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Fried chicken & waffles are just the tip of the iceburg at Brooklyn Star. Be adventurous and go for the fried pig tails with tater tots - you won't be disappointed.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 17, 2011
    Recommended Dishes: Sweetbread tacos; Dr. Pepper ribs; breakfast torta,...The second incarnation of this Williamsburg destination mixes country vibes with a thought-out upscale comfort menu. Read more
  • Dana D.
    Dana DApril 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Seasonal Southern chow. Try the tripe chili with Fritos, the sautéed veal tongue or fried pig tails. You'll be gettin' your twang on soon enough.
  • Alexandra F.
    It's too loud in the restaurant area and the tables are too far apart to have a conversation. Candied grapefruit is nice - biscuits are good but I think the highlight is the chicken and waffles
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissMay 6, 2014
    Everything is 30% cheaper than you'd expect. Great value. Leave stuffed and drunk off boozy $10 cocktails.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the addictive fried pig tails, deep-fried to order and coated with a sticky sauce made from the sweet-savory braising reduction. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsJanuary 17, 2015
    Smoked old fashioned is excellent. They had a gnocchi and duck special that blew me away. Chicken fried steak is also amazing. Just order everything.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you ever wanted to eat chicken and waffles, this is your spot. Juicy, moist chicken, delicious waffles with a hint of spices that make it a perfect combo.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatzApril 24, 2016
    Excellent Sunday brunch- just make sure to arrive early. It's a large space, but fills up quick and the bar doesn't serve the full menu until 1.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the meatloaf sandwich and attempt to eat the whole thing. (Hint: you won't be able to, but that's okay. Take it to go. It'll taste even better when it's cold).
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WMarch 20, 2015
    Ignore the "small" and "big" -- it's "big" and "bigger." Get the mac n' cheese and the country fried steak, you can start your diet tomorrow.
  • Akua A.
    Akua AidooJune 9, 2015
    Very nice spot, good portions..great service. The chicken w/ the chicken n waffles could use more flavor though. Loved the broiled grapefruit!
  • Diya V.
    Diya VijFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad is amazing even for those who love fried chicken. Fried chicken and chicken wings are amaze even for those who like salad. Mac n cheese duh.
  • Jackie
    JackieApril 12, 2014
    Great service (thanks, Liz)! Go for the regular old fashioned, the endive or kale salad, and the Mac and cheese sans bacon. Ax#
  • Morgan J.
    Morgan J.August 22, 2016
    It's rare you find a place that has both quality brunch AND quality dinner. The brick chicken entree was so flavorful and delicious!
  • Rick
    RickOctober 1, 2013
    Hot meatloaf sandwich rocks. Bartenders are great. Solid bar. No TV though so if you plan on watching sports head to Brooklyn Whiskey
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Go ahead and drink the Kool-Aid. No, really. The electric-red drink is offered at this Williamsburg restaurant that's imbued with a Southern, cheffy sensibility. Read more
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedDecember 31, 2015
    Country fried steak! Not as good as in Texas, but probably the closest thing in NYC! Also Cherry Blossom cocktail = tart and yummy
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WeiJuly 10, 2013
    loved the steak with mash potatoes. Happy hour drinks were solid plussss $1 oyster specials. needless to say I was all over that.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    The food is heavy and indulgent, the dark and romantic dining room invites lingering, and “Big” dishes are, in fact, big. Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesOctober 4, 2015
    Love the country fried steak. Served with mashed potatoes, bacon and hot slaw.
  • Skyler D.
    Skyler DobinFebruary 9, 2015
    Solid brunch spot. Chicken and waffles: A+. Same goes for the donuts dessert.
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportAugust 5, 2014
    Here's what you do: Take the delicious bacon jalapeño cornbread, slice it in half, and plop on a massive piece of fried chicken.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CanettiOctober 19, 2016
    Brunch here is great. Everything is good. Get there at noon when they open if you don't want to wait
  • Vinod K.
    Vinod KrishnamurthyApril 25, 2015
    Had the prime rib eye steak! Wonderful to share and really amazing!😊
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrancioseAugust 9, 2014
    If you get lucky enough to catch them when they do popup food stands at music festivals or other community events, they'll be making fried chicken waffle cones, get one or several.
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShumJanuary 12, 2016
    The biscuits are divine. Great place to share a bunch of items on the menu. Best part is this place isn't super packed.
  • matt b.
    matt buchananJune 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bone marrow, cornbread, mac 'n' cheese, pork chop, chocolate bread pudding, Kool-Aid cocktails. Skip the dr. pepper ribs--generic, not very Dr. Pepper-y.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CozierSeptember 7, 2014
    Loved the duck wings, fried pig tails and mac n cheese. The cornbread was good but not the best i've ever had.
  • Alyxa L.
    Alyxa LeaseOctober 13, 2014
    Bone marrow and porkchop was a solid choice. Meatloaf might be an even better one.
  • Lara Z.
    Lara ZDecember 16, 2015
    The grilled broccoli salad was my favorite dish from our meal! The spicy margarita is also solid.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BucklerAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Food here is amazing. Try the duck wings and the quail. So tasty. Great for a quiet dinner.
  • Zahrah F.
    Zahrah FadelJanuary 16, 2016
    Huge portions, which is good because you'll want more of everything. Get the mac n cheese and chili to share, they're both super rich.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesOctober 4, 2015
    The buttermilk biscuits are so wonderful. The side order comes with 3. So worth getting and sharing.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SolomonFebruary 26, 2013
    Come on Sunday or Monday and get the fried chicken family dinner. Some of the best fried chicken I've ever had.
  • Graham D.
    Graham DavisAugust 20, 2014
    Good fried chicken dinner served family style with a reservation (although we didn't need one on a Sunday night)
  • Marius W.
    Marius WatzNovember 29, 2015
    Chicken. Waffles. Also dinner, if you don't make brunch, try the fresh-baked jalapeño corn bread.
  • Alexandre S.
    Alexandre StanislawskiNovember 1, 2015
    Come a bit before the opening to get a seat at the Sunday brunch. People are waiting in line to enter at noon.
  • Audrey S.
    Audrey SheppardApril 10, 2016
    Mac and cheese is DELICIOUS. The biscuits are the best I've had in NYC... almost better than in Texas!
  • Katie F.
    Katie FlynnJanuary 5, 2012
    Order with a friend and split the brussels sprouts, chicken wings, and the meatloaf sandwich. Killer comfort food!
  • Sherina D.
    Sherina DavisJune 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Friendly service, delicious mac and cheese and great specials
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2011
    Winner of Best Use of Velveeta in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Wash the Velveeta and sharp white cheddar mac with a Dr. Pepper cocktail.
  • Sabrina
    SabrinaJune 21, 2015
    Country fried steak is awesome and a huge portion big enough for two.
  • Nadia H.
    Nadia H.VJune 3, 2016
    Man and Cheese is delightful. I loved the fried green tomatoes and the biscuits were divine
  • Luke
    LukeAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Order Lonestars and try to solve the puzzles before your chicken fried steak arrives.
  • amoolia
    amooliaFebruary 7, 2012
    Get their jalapeno and bacon cornbread- THE BEST. Big plates are ginormous. Come here hungry and by hungry I mean STARVING.
  • Jacob U.
    Meatloaf Sandwich, jalapeño &a bacon cornbread, and bacon Mac & cheese
  • Dietrich
    DietrichJuly 2, 2012
    portions are huge! so be hungry. and dont miss the fantastic cornbread with jalapeño and bacon!
  • Lindsay Marie F.
    Lindsay Marie FeltonMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The only place I know that forces me to eat a giant bowl of brussel sprouts to myself. They are that good. Also, meatloaf sandwich.
  • Erin H.
    Erin H.April 19
    I want to love this place, I used to love this place- to the point that I suggested it for a friends bday meal. We had a great start but the meal and subsequent exp. left a sour taste - poor mgmt.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BartonMarch 23, 2014
    If you love meat like me, you will love this place. Interesting twist on common dishes
  • Tonia S.
    Tonia SammanMay 16, 2011
    don't be afraid to try the veal sweetbreads, they're heavenly! everything we've tried here is amazing though. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesOctober 4, 2015
    Fun restaurant in Williamsburg. Delicious Southern Food with good beers and cocktails.
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HMay 16, 2011
    If you order the delicious bacon & jalapeno cornbread, you can request to hold the bacon -- NOT recommended, but the option is available.
  • nora w.
    nora walkerJune 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The pimms cup here is served in a pint glass filled with fruit and is the perfect refreshing summer cocktail
  • Connie
    ConnieDecember 8, 2014
    Cinnamon bun, meatloaf, best fried chicken, kale salad...everything gets 5 stars!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhNovember 6, 2014
    Cornbread, marrow bones, oxtail, & chocolate bread pudding. Everything is so decadent here
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew Del-ColleJanuary 20, 2014
    How, how, how did I not know they have a $1 oyster happy hour here? The Beau Soleils, though small, have no grit and are perfectly sweet. I'll take six more.
  • Nicole
    NicoleMay 28, 2012
    The closest I've seen of real, Southern goodness in NYC. The brunch is the best, with little wait for tables.
  • Daniela A.
    Daniela AsaroOctober 23, 2011
    The cornbread & biscuits are amazing. Go with a few people so you can sample as many things as possible.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)August 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't even know where to start. Everything is delicious. The wings and meatloaf sandwich are musts.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JacobsonJune 30, 2015
    1. Fried chicken (in my NYC top 3) 😍😍😍 2. Duck wings 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼3. Mac n cheese 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 4. Watermelon salad 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 17, 2013
    An original new spin on Southern cooking Brooklyn-style that continues to delight us.
  • Betty K.
    Betty KangDecember 23, 2012
    For a more relaxed afternoon opt for brunch in the front room. The noise level in the dining room is deafening.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniJuly 15, 2013
    Meatloaf sandwich is great value--super tasty with the spicy chips and enormous.
  • Veyote D.
    Veyote DaeganMarch 20, 2016
    Fried chicken and waffles (during weekend brunch only) are out of this universe.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BodgeAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best southern food in the city. Order everything, but the chicken fried steak is special.
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