The Commodore

The Commodore

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoApril 21, 2016
    They'll let you awkwardly stand up eating your AMAZING fried chicken on the pinball machine after getting kicked out of a table reserved for a Monday night DJ, unaware there's an outdoor area 🙄
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 30, 2015
    The menu is designed to go well with booze, but the thing to order is the Fried Chicken Plate, which consists of three juicy thighs inside sweet batter; a couple of sauces; and a handful of biscuits. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The Commodore's got a great fried chicken sandwich, plus an impressive compact hamburger, a simple assemblage of great ground meat, raw onions, mayo, lettuce, and tomato, and little else. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    There are a few farmers' market plates that include such things as ramps, asparagus, baby lettuces, and organic eggs, depending on season. This is bar food? You wonder as you eat them. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 7, 2013
    The Pat LaFrieda patty, cloaked with American cheese and a slathering of mayo, stands up to the salad-like toppings; and a soft Martin’s potato bun pinned with a drink ties everything together. (CP) Read more
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Dive bar & fried chicken? Doesn't make sense. But somehow, it works beautifully. Seat yourself (you may have to wait a bit) & order @ the bar. They'll bring it to you. The honey butter is MAGIC.
  • Hanna P.
    Hanna ParkMay 20, 2014
    You'd never expect such a divey dive bar to have such amazing food... The hot fish sandwich is perfectly crispy, fish hanging off the sides of the bun, perfectly spicy, and piping hot. Chkn is oily.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Burgers aren't eaten in a vacuum. As with all dining experiences, a good product can be augmented by the surroundings, which is exactly why this food-focused dive bar wins every time. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 16, 2013
    For the fried chicken lover, Chef Stephen Tanner’s kitchen serves up three crispy mammoth thighs and honey butter biscuits with the Egg and Pies ‘n’ Thighs, a dish you’re sure to love.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 9, 2015
    The cheeseburger's patty is seared & slipped onto a Martin's potato roll with lettuce sliced to ribbons, thick pickle chips, chopped white onion, bound with mayonnaise. It's reliably delicious!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneFebruary 20, 2015
    You may have to be a bit aggressive to snag a table; but it's absolutely worth it. All of the food is beyond incredible, and they have fun old-timey cocktails like a sloe gin fizz!
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SouthwellMarch 8, 2014
    Seriously this place rocks. Order fried chicken and beer at the bar. The chicken is easily big enough for 2 to share - or to give away a couple of pieces and make friends. DO IT!
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    Three-thigh fried-chicken plate, with biscuits and hot sauce; the hot breast sandwich; the equally incendiary hot fish. There’s also a classic burger, an irresistible pimento-poblano grilled cheese.
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel C.December 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I never see the same people working. Everyone working is always the greatest, which is more than I can say for the obnoxious customers like myself. A great place and I love it.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrownNovember 10, 2012
    Great place to go when your rum loving sailor friend is suddenly killed in a freak accident and you need a dank corner to drink yourself stupid. Try the fried chicken and the Piña Coldas!
  • Sandor G.
    Sandor GAugust 25, 2015
    I had fish tacos. Surprisingly good. Good salsas.... a green and a chipotle, decent slaw, fish was nice and really thin crispy batter, not a heavy floury batter. Six or so beers on tap. Totally decent
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagMay 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place! The burger is delicious and well worth it for $7. The nachos are kind of weird w "queso" instead of melted cheese.
  • emily c.
    emily chenNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chicken is solid - one of the best in the city. Comes with mini melty biscuits and if you want to feel a bit better about yourself, the kale salad is quite good.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TyznikOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best fried chicken I have ever eaten. Now everywhere else I get fried chicken is a disappointment. Also, Cyclone pinball machine on free play!
  • Gentrifried Chicken
    Gentrifried ChickenNovember 6, 2011
    ALMOST as good as Pies N Thighs. We get in fights over this one all the time. Either way, excellent fried chicken and the honey butter is a winner. Get a tiki drink with your meal. Read more
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammNovember 29, 2013
    I should hate this place (looks like a '70s basement), but instead it's my favorite spot in Williamsburg. The fried chicken is the star, and the honey butter will leave you licking your fingers.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortMarch 1, 2016
    Wow the fried chicken biscuit was OUT of this world amazing. With the grits!!! Also tried the burger and pork hash.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Everyone—us included—talks about the fried chicken, but do not sleep on the nachos! And don’t let anyone tell you it’s not the best f*#%ing bar in New York City. Read more
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    At $12, the fried chicken meal is an inexpensive and ideal bar snack to line your stomach before you consume multiple piña coladas (or frozen mojitos, if that's more your thing). Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 29, 2011
    This nautical dive has some of the city’s best bar food, including a knockout cheeseburger with mayo and sliced half-sour pickles tucked beneath an amply salted LaFrieda patty. Read more
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    This is not your average dive bar. This southern style restaurant offers up some of the best burgers and fried chicken in the city. Leave a trust rating to help spread the word: http://bit.ly/1mOq5L4
  • Steven L.
    Steven LambiaseJuly 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing fried chicken sandwich. Might be as big as your face. Split one if you're not starving to death and grab one of their cheap essential cocktails.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaMarch 19, 2014
    $3 Schaefer's Beer and $7 grilled cheese?! Child, please... Best deal I've come across NYC to slum it. For $5 more, upgrade to 'adult' cheese sandwich (w/ peppers) plus tomato basil soup. #MomSlapGood
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.October 6, 2014
    best fried chicken in the neighborhood. order from the bar, seat yourself. grab a table on the patio out back on a soon to be fall night
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    The only dive bar where you can play video games, drink cheap beer and eat some of the best fried chicken on earth. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 23, 2011
    A grimy bar with the best Micheladas you’ve ever had. Fried chicken and rolls come with 3 kinds of honey butter to help you slide into a booze-fueled, deep-fried dream.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I've had the burger at least 5 times, can't say that about anywhere else. I truly think it it's a great burger & the best $7 burger in NYC.
  • Nate D.
    Nate DorrDecember 4, 2014
    Of course the hot breast is great, but the very unconventional green salad with pickles and cheddar is easily overlooked and an excellent starter.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3, 2016
    Bacon Cheeseburger: Free-range Angus beef, melted cheese, raw onion, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle chips? Oh, if you insist. Read more
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BishopSeptember 1, 2014
    The fried chicken was probably the best I've ever had. The biscuits and honey butter are heavenly. I already can't wait to come back!
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite bar. Period. Fried chicken is even better than Pies-N-Things. Yeah, I said it. If it's Friday night and I'm not out of town, I'll be here, feel free to say hi.
  • Kaira C.
    Kaira CooperOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sick amazing insane food! The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and the green salad was light and refreshing.
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 6, 2010
    Black Betty's been reborn into this kitschy, nautical spot with four-star bar food. Per the Underground Gourmet, try the fried chicken - "among the best in town" - and the "adult cheese" sandwich. Read more
  • Sam G.
    Sam GilApril 4, 2016
    Hot breast sanga was spot on. Nachos were quality too and solid drinks. Outdoor patio is chill. Only downside is trying to order food at a very hectic bar.
  • David R.
    David RosenbergAugust 5, 2014
    Your day will improve as soon as your cross the threshold of this establishment. Now, get a table and order the following: hot breast sando + a million boat drinks + nachos for the table. 🏆
  • Jisu P.
    Jisu PJune 7, 2014
    Cheap, good food and drinks BUT tables are kind of dirty and sticky. Its VERY hard to get a table. $20 card minimum for drinks. I like this place a lot when I can find a seat!
  • Corin L.
    Corin LianidesJune 27, 2010
    Get the fried chicken. Just get it. It is incredibly delicious, crispy, & juicy, and enough for 2 people to share, easy. The biscuits with honey butter that come with it are killer, too. Get it.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VodolaMarch 12, 2015
    Alright, this is some absurdly crispy fried chicken. Also there might be crack in the nachos. Nab a booth in the front and hunker down for an awesome drunk meal.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    Order this: Fried chicken plate, hot fish sandwich, kale Caesar salad, cheeseburger, biscuits with honey butter Read more
  • Greg T.
    Greg TackettSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get. The. Nachos. Best in Williamsburg. UFO goes best with the slightly spicy treat. Also, perfect date if you're on a budget.
  • Qbertplaya
    QbertplayaNovember 25, 2010
    The $4 plate of fries is more than enough for 3 people. The $7 cheeseburger is perfect. Happy hour 2 for 1 beers/well drinks from 4-7pm make a trip even more worthwhile.
  • antonio c.
    antonio coltraneJuly 16, 2011
    I recommend ending your night here by ordering their namesake drink, the commodore. Its so ridiculous in appearance and alcoholic content that you're guaranteed to leave with a smile
  • David B.
    David BanNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The jukebox is non-functional but respect that they pipe the PA through its speakers. Also, the boat drink is strong and cheap and recommended.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenApril 29, 2016
    12$ for three HUGE fried chicken pieces with biscuits and three delicious sauces. Also had an amazing frozen margarita. Go! Now!
  • abdulnaby
    abdulnabyApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The gooey grilled cheese is also real good. Nachos are fools' gold. If I have to talk about the fried chicken, then you lost.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StankiewiczJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The hot breast is about twice as big as the bun. Bring a hefty appetite. There's also cheap beer, you can't go wrong.
  • Nao M.
    Nao MizAugust 31, 2012
    Good things happen here. Good fried chicken happens here. Plus they play Spaceballs on TV. What more can I ask for?
  • Daan V.
    Daan V.June 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite bar in Williamsburg. Beer is cheap, the cocktails are strong, and the fries are to die for. ORDER FRIES!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    This dark corner bar specializes in retro cocktails at retro prices, and, believe us, they're strong. Read more
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindAugust 17, 2011
    Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka—the duo behind dye-happy line Upstate—swear by the fried chicken and frozen drinks. To read more about these two, head on over to ofakind.com.
  • Madison S.
    Madison SJuly 12, 2015
    Best piña coladas ever. Generally, I won't drink pina coladas unless I am on vacation but the ones here are amazing.
  • Kelley O. W.
    Kelley O. WilliamsJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    So dive-y but SO good! Three words: Hot chicken breast. Two words: Cadillac Nachos. One word: Biscuits. Nuff said.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BodgeAugust 15, 2011
    The weirdest restaurant in the city, order a boat drink and some fried chicken from the bar. Find a place to sit and wait (for a while) and work on your sugar hangover.
  • Julie C.
    Julie CheesecakeJuly 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The fried chicken/biscuits are enough for two hungry or three snackie people and delicious as hell. The burger is not to be missed, wit' cheese!, and the fries are perfect.
  • Donny T.
    Donny TsangMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fried chicken plate and smear the honey butter all over the chicken. Hot fish is DAMN SPICY!
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeFebruary 1
    The drinks are great but the fried chicken here is stuff of the gods. Put some honey butter on it, you're welcome.
  • Hillel
    HillelNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The old school drinks. The food that is way better than it has any business being. You'll have a fun night here.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TorpeyMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a hurricane and don't be afraid to walk through the kitchen to the outdoor patio
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 20, 2011
    I like: the beet and corn salad, the fried chicken, the staff, and the back bar- if Milton is working, ask for a buttermaker.
  • John Michael C.
    John Michael CassettaFebruary 23, 2015
    Best "value" cocktails in williamsburg. Fried chicken sandwich is great for a dirty first date.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    One of our favorite dive bars. Order the fried chicken, order some beer, sit outside. No need to leave. Ever.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 17, 2011
    Ideal Meal: Fried chicken with biscuits and “Saltie” potato salad or “adult cheese” sandwich and green-chile hominy. Read more
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyApril 4, 2016
    Fried chicken was so good and crispy. The thighs are huge and comes with a honey butter and hot sauce.
  • Alice C.
    Alice ChenJune 15, 2015
    Hands down best fried chicken I've had in New York. Commodore cocktail is just okay though
  • Michael 🍷 E.
    Michael 🍷 Elmgreen5 days ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Piña coladas, cans of beer and diner staples. Get shitcanned and dance to rock n' roll.
  • Simo Z.
    Simo ZhangNovember 30, 2012
    Get here before it gets extremely crowded. And get the fries chicken with a gin based cocktail.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    Fun bar and restaurant with great fried chicken and good burgers.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerNovember 9, 2015
    Come for the 70s dancing! So much fun! Stick with the dancing not the drinks. Come with a crew.
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KimSeptember 17, 2013
    Two words...honey butter. Fried chicken was good - burning hot, but good. That honey butter was something else though.
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 22, 2015
    i love the look of the room where the bar is. bartenders are super friendly. recommended.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanJune 8, 2015
    Fried chicken and nachos of course. Also a frozen drink of some sort - probably just one though. Then pitchers of beer with those snacks.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.February 21, 2012
    Fried Chicken platter (comes w/ 3 pieces of chix and 3 biscuits), mac & cheese, and kale. Delicious!
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 15, 2015
    Good beer, nice bartenders, and delicious hot chicken breast sandwiches. Can be pretty packed, but just go for it.
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GAugust 16, 2012
    The "Adult Cheese" is possibly the best grilled cheese I've ever had. Nothing fancy but boy is it good!
  • kira c.
    kira corbinDecember 4, 2015
    My favorite fried chicken. And love the green salad with parsley. Need to try the nachos.
  • albert o.
    albert ocampoNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the hot fish sandwich is the best thing on the menu, IMO. also? the fried chicken and the burger are amazingness in your mouthhole.
  • phaedra r.
    phaedra rileyOctober 26, 2013
    the Cadillac Nachos are a delicious pile of amazing - get them & share them with the world.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)October 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sip a million Commodores and eat the ridiculously good burger, fried chicken, and nachos. This place is so annoyingly hipster but the food never disappoints.
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherSeptember 5, 2010
    after 10 minutes go by and you still haven't placed your drink order, cut your losses and head to any other neighborhood option - you'll be glad you did!
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel Hill4 days ago
    Best fried chicken I've had. And really great pina colada. Some surly-ass waitresses though.
  • melissa H.
    melissa HochmanAugust 23, 2014
    Solid dive where ya drink THE BEST piña coladas 🙌 OH and wash your face with the biscuit butter mmbaby
  • Spain S.
    Spain SpainApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheapest pitchers in Williamsburg and a pinball machine set to free play - no brainer here people.
  • Carolyn T.
    Carolyn TrawinskiAugust 16, 2011
    The fried chicken plate and the 7 layer dip are crazy good. Split it all though since portions are big.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BannonNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    While the planters punch may look a bit silly, it is very potent. 2 of those and you'll feel no pain. And all the chicken dishes are incredible.
  • Tom K.
    Tom KehnMay 13, 2012
    Amazing fried chicken aside. They have Gilligan's Island pinball with free unlimited play.
  • Jaime
    JaimeJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Commodore, the queso and the biscuits- Great bartenders, weird crowd!
  • Alexandria V.
    Alexandria VaradyJune 1, 2013
    $3 whiskey shots. $3 beers. Up North-Michigan-cottage-basement vibe. Basically the best.
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.July 9, 2015
    Is basically someone's very dark retro den and has tiki drinks, is a good time.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eva
    EvaAugust 7, 2011
    Ask for a grapefruit/vodka/mint cocktails from Miles. Sit at bat or on patio. Order chicken. Done and done.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinApril 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chicken is great, but their MVP is their special cocktail menu printed on their paper table mats.
  • Natalie Y.
    Natalie YoungSeptember 21, 2016
    Be prepared to not be able to find a seat and receive extra shitty service. After you've come to terms with that, order the chicken sandwich or the burger. They will make up for everything else.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MOctober 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best queso ever. Get it with the kale salad to balance out.
  • ⭐️Leslie H.
    ⭐️Leslie Horn⭐️February 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I just are the red chilli pork stew and I am going to feel satisfied for the next 24 hours and sleep so well tonight.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 8, 2014
    Low key local bar. Great crowd, good vibe, and solid fried chicken.
  • Lori W.
    Lori WhiteSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Saturday night laaaate nite dance parties can be epic. I always stop here as last resort to find some of that weekend magic.
  • Katia F.
    Katia FujiharaOctober 23, 2015
    Os atendentes são ótimos e a comida melhor ainda! Pedimos um cheesburguer que é divino e as fries vem com casca, perfeito!! Fomos pelos drinks... só elogios! Começamos bem a noite!
  • Katia F.
    Katia FujiharaOctober 23, 2015
    Fomos pelos drinks... delícia! Encontramos um dos melhores cheesburguers que já comi e as fries com casca? Divino!! 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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