The Commodore

The Commodore

American Restaurant and Bar · Williamsburg
366 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer St), Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
  • Fri
    • 4:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 3:00 PM–4:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.9/10

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    Jacqueline L.
    "Order the hot fish sandwich with extra napkins--it's juicy!"(8 Tips)
    David R.
    "hot breast sando + a million boat drinks + nachos for the table."(8 Tips)
    Donny T.
    "fried chicken plate and smear the honey butter all over the chicken."(6 Tips)
    Tom P.
    "Great food and a playable pinball machine on free play."(6 Tips)
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  • fried chicken
  • sandwiches
  • hot breast
  • nachos
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  • biscuits
  • piña coladas
  • good for a late night
  • cheeseburgers
  • casual
  • lively
  • pinball
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  • frozen margaritas
  • Gothamist

    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

    Gothamist · March 30, 2015
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  • Jess N.

    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 🙄

    Jess Naldo · 1 week ago
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  • Village Voice

    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 · August 4, 2014
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  • Dee Phunk

    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.

    Dee Phunk · January 28, 2012
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  • Village Voice

    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

    Village Voice · August 4, 2014
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  • First We Feast

    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

    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
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  • Time Out New York

    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

    Time Out New York · August 7, 2013
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  • Sandor G.

    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

    Sandor G · August 25, 2015
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  • Hanna P.

    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.

    Hanna Park · May 20, 2014
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  • Wyngspan

    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

    Wyngspan · January 27, 2014
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  • Jeffrey

    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.

    Jeffrey · July 20, 2014
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  • Emily K.

    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!

    Emily Kane · February 20, 2015
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  • Village Voice

    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!

    Village Voice · April 9, 2015
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  • Joanna F.

    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.

    Joanna Flamm · November 29, 2013
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  • nymag

    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

    nymag · July 6, 2010
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  • Corin L.

    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.

    Corin Lianides · June 27, 2010
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  • Village Voice

    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 · September 16, 2013
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  • Charlie S.

    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!

    Charlie Southwell · March 8, 2014
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  • Gabriel C.

    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.

    Gabriel C. · December 28, 2015
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  • Gentrifried Chicken

    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

    Gentrifried Chicken · November 6, 2011
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  • Brian B.

    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!

    Brian Brown · November 10, 2012
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  • emily c.

    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.

    emily chen · November 22, 2013
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  • Jisu P.

    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!

    Jisu P · June 7, 2014
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  • Michael T.

    Best fried chicken I have ever eaten. Now everywhere else I get fried chicken is a disappointment. Also, Cyclone pinball machine on free play!

    Michael Tyznik · October 25, 2014
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  • Leah H.

    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.

    Leah Hammerschlag · May 26, 2015
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  • Qbertplaya

    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.

    Qbertplaya · November 25, 2010
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  • Penny H.

    The frozen drinks are amazing, but don't expect to get them quickly if it's busy. Not because the service is bad, but because the drinks require some work. Therefore, don't forget to tip well.

    Penny Hardman · October 13, 2010
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  • antonio c.

    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

    antonio coltrane · July 16, 2011
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  • Time Out New York

    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

    Time Out New York · July 29, 2011
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  • Julie C.

    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.

    Julie Cheesecake · July 1, 2010
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  • Sam G.

    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.

    Sam Giligich · 3 weeks ago
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  • Men's Health Mag

    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.

    Men's Health Mag · September 23, 2011
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  • Chris V.

    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.

    Chris Vodola · March 12, 2015
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  • Umair Z.

    $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

    Umair Zia · March 19, 2014
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  • Rachel P.

    Wow the fried chicken biscuit was OUT of this world amazing. With the grits!!! Also tried the burger and pork hash.

    Rachel Port · March 1
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  • Nate D.

    Of course the hot breast is great, but the very unconventional green salad with pickles and cheddar is easily overlooked and an excellent starter.

    Nate Dorr · December 4, 2014
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  • Of a Kind

    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.

    Of a Kind · August 17, 2011
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  • janelle g.

    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!

    janelle gunther · September 5, 2010
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  • Leah H.

    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.

    Leah Hammerschlag · December 23, 2015
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Looks and acts like a dive bar, with cheap, strong drinks. However, don’t over look the food, especially their Fried Chicken.

    The Corcoran Group · September 17, 2010
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  • First We Feast

    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

    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
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  • Stina P.

    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

    Stina P. · October 6, 2014
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  • Kaira C.

    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.

    Kaira Cooper · October 3, 2013
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  • David B.

    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.

    David Ban · November 2, 2012
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  • Kevin B.

    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.

    Kevin Bannon · November 14, 2010
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  • First We Feast

    Order this: Fried chicken plate, hot fish sandwich, kale Caesar salad, cheeseburger, biscuits with honey butter Read more

    First We Feast · August 4, 2014
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  • Jessica B.

    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!

    Jessica Bishop · September 1, 2014
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  • David R.

    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. 🏆

    David Rosenberg · August 5, 2014
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  • Greg T.

    Get. The. Nachos. Best in Williamsburg. UFO goes best with the slightly spicy treat. Also, perfect date if you're on a budget.

    Greg Tackett · September 2, 2014
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  • Ben K.

    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.

    Ben Kessler (@kessler) · October 29, 2012
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