The Commodore

The Commodore

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • 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
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoApril 21
    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 🙄
  • 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
    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.
  • 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 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!
  • 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.
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel C.December 28, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • emily c.
    emily chenNovember 22, 2013
    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
    Best fried chicken I have ever eaten. Now everywhere else I get fried chicken is a disappointment. Also, Cyclone pinball machine on free play!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Rachel P.
    Wow the fried chicken biscuit was OUT of this world amazing. With the grits!!! Also tried the burger and pork hash.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steven L.
    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.
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Julie C.
    Julie CheesecakeJuly 1, 2010
    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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3
    Bacon Cheeseburger: Free-range Angus beef, melted cheese, raw onion, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle chips? Oh, if you insist. 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 12, 2012
    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.
  • 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. $20 card minimum for drinks. I like this place a lot when I can find a seat!
  • Kaira C.
    Kaira CooperOctober 3, 2013
    Sick amazing insane food! The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and the green salad was light and refreshing.
  • Monica C.
    12$ for three HUGE fried chicken pieces with biscuits and three delicious sauces. Also had an amazing frozen margarita. Go! Now!
  • 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.
  • Greg T.
    Greg TackettSeptember 2, 2014
    Get. The. Nachos. Best in Williamsburg. UFO goes best with the slightly spicy treat. Also, perfect date if you're on a budget.
  • 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. 🏆
  • 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.
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