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The Commodore

Bars, Gastropubs Williamsburg
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
 (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlThe Commodore
 (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlThe Commodore
 (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlThe Commodore
 (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlThe Commodore

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

First came the gastropub, an import from Britain featuring upmarket pub grub in an ale-drinking setting. Now, welcome the gastrodive, which further blurs the lines between restaurant and bar. The Commodore in Williamsburg, with its old arcade games, Schlitz in a can and stereo pumping out the Knight Rider theme song, offers the city’s best cheap-ass bar eats, served in a seedy venue where folks come to get blotto. The short menu—with descriptions as curt as the service you’ll encounter while ordering your food from the bartender—reads like a classic collection of fryolator junk. But the “hot fish” sandwich, for one, is a fresh, flaky, cayenne-rubbed catfish fillet poking out of both sides of a butter-griddled sesame-seed roll. “Pork du jour” turned out to be two soft buns filled with a delicious mix of pinto beans, sweet-spicy barbecued pork and vinegary slaw. Chef Stephen Tanner, formerly of Egg and Pies ’n’ Thighs, heads the kitchen, cooking up fried chicken that trumps even that of his former employers—three fat thighs with extra-crisp, peppery skin and tender brined flesh, served with thimbles of sweet-and-spicy vinegar sauce and biscuits with soft honey butter. Even the thick fries are a superior product—right in the sweet spot between soggy and crisp. While the Commodore, with its fatty foods and blender drinks, would hardly qualify as a destination for dieters—the house libation is a frozen piña colada—Tanner and his crew do a fine job of keeping vegetarians happy. In addition to the creamy, gooey “adult cheese” sandwich—oozing pimento cheese made in house with poblano peppers—there are beautiful seasonal salads and vegetable sides (lemony rainbow chard and buttermilk-dressed snap peas on one recent visit). The Commodore serves no dessert—the only sweet stuff on hand is slushy booze. But if you keep on drinking and require more sustenance, Tanner’s got you covered with a fortifying bowl of posole—exceptional hangover preemption, thick with hominy and tender poached chicken.

By: Time Out New York editors



Address: 366 Metropolitan Ave
Cross street: between Havemeyer and Macy Sts
Transport: Subway: J, Z, M to Marcy Ave; L to Bedford Ave; G to Metropolitan
Price: Average main course: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri-Sun 4pm-1am
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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I had the worst bar experience of my life last night at the Commodore. The tattooed male bartender with short hair was abusive when I ordered a round of the "signature" pina coladas, he sarcastically said "What is this August?" then he proceeded to violently slam every cabinet in sight. This guy has serious anger issues and should not work with the public. I tried to find a manager but, of course, no manager was available.

The chicken sandwich I had here was easily one of the best I ever had (or probably ever will have) and I can't wait to go back again and get it. Unfortunately, everything else was just okay. The side of kale was watery and unedible. The bacon was fine, and the service was totally subpar. This is a good spot to go get a drink and an amazing sandwich, but I'd never recommended it to anyone else based on the service alone. It's honestly a huge bummer.


You'd be forgiven for giving The Commodore a double-take the first time. There's already a high likelihood that you walked right past the entrance given that it's in no way signposted, the building is dark and unassuming both outside and in. You'll spot an old pinball machine, perhaps receive a cursory glance from one of the moody members of staff and if your stars are aligned you might just spot somewhere to park your ass beyond the ravenous, gathering Brooklynites.  But all of this faff and all of these supposed setbacks will be forgotten in time, the length of time that it takes between you barking an order for the Hot Breast and sinking your teeth into the first bite to be exact. 

This is hedonistic, resplendent, peppery fried chicken at it's finest. Wash it down with a sugary cocktail and you will be pledging allegiance to the Commodore forever more. I may or not have framed the cocktail menu in my apartment.


The Commodore has some of my favorite nachos in the city. White queso and radish? Delish. If I didn't live so far, I'd come here more often to partake. My husband's favorite is of course the fried chicken and biscuits. The breading is fried perfectly, and the chicken meat is so moist and juicy. Be generous with the honey butter on your biscuits. This place is almost always crowded, so be prepared to fight for some standing/seating room. 

This is one of my go-to spots in Williamsburg. There is always a great crowd, the drinks are awesome (and really well-priced for good cocktails) and the back patio is key. I love the borderline tiki vibe that nails kitsch without trying too hard. This is a great spot for day-drinking or a fun weekday night with friends. The branded shirts are also super awesome - which isn't something I notice often, but may have to go back and buy one.

I love this bar's fried chicken and biscuits. Two words: Honey butter. The drinks are also delicious—you can get a frozen beverage anytime of year. They spot has multiple seating areas, including a nice outdoor spot. The DJs that play here are sometimes a hit or miss, so I wouldn't recommend coming here if you're in the mood to dance. It's more of a "sit-down and eat some amazing food" bar. 

Delicious fried chicken, old arcade games and great drinks. The only down side is that you have to order food at the bar, there isn't table service. Another huge plus is that it's right by the knitting factory so it's a good hang before/after a show.

You're going to order the hot breast fried chicken sandwich. It'll be too spicy. Next time try for the mild—not quite enough kick. Here's what to do: order the medium breast. Just the right amount of kick and you'll still be able to feel your face afterward. That's if you can pull yourself away from ordering the burger, which might one the finest in the city, and certainly for the $6–$7 price tag. To drink get a beer, probably Schaefer or a frozen mojito. Or whatever you want. It's often very busy, and honestly, you shouldn't go cause then there'll be less spot at the bar for me.

I've been coming to The Commodore for just about as long as they've been in business and I plan to continue stopping by for their most amazing affordable food, great drinks and the coolest most welcoming staff. Seriously, eat something while you're there (the kitchen usually closes at around 2AM), you won't regret it. EVERYTHING tastes AMAZING. It's overall a cool cozy spot to catch up with friends, drink and dance.

Amazing food and drinks. I come here at least once a week. Service can be slow when its busy, but if you go early evening its great. Try the commodore, a pina colada w/ amaretto float and the medium breast sandwich, or nachos. Cant go wrong! Heard the fried chicken and biscuits are good but haven't tried them.

I stopped drinking years ago, but Schlitz in a can! Automatic 4 stars from me. The vicarious pleasure of that one of a kind unearthly pleasure is orgasmic. 5 stars if they can get their hands on some Pabst tall boys!

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These are very misleading pictures, the place actually looks like a dive bar, its run down and shizzy, i should know, i'm a rapist.

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