Wilma Jean

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Carroll Gardens
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Chicken dinner at Wilma Jean
Photograph: Filip Wolak Chicken dinner at Wilma Jean

Husband-and-wife empire builders Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond are playing a game of musical chairs down on Smith Street: their Vietnamese joint, Nightingale 9, is moving to the former Seersucker space to make room for this newcomer, a casual spin-off of their Southern-fried hit. Unlike the confounding shuffling, things get simpler when it comes to the menu: fried chicken is king, served as a dinner platter, in a sandwich or on a stick. Comfort-food classics like corn bread, cheddar-cheese grits and tater tots round out the offerings, alongside lighter salads like a raw-collard-and-roasted-peanuts combo. Natural light floods the minimally adorned space, which gets a boost of Deep South hospitality courtesy of communal tables and original Hatch Show Print pieces.


Venue name: Wilma Jean
Address: 345 Smith St
Cross street: at Carroll St
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-10pm
Transport: Subway: F, G to Carroll St
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V.
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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I love this restaurant. It's small and quaint but always relatively busy. I've had the fried pickles (omg yes!) and the fried chicken sandwich. Everything is hot and delicious and they have local beers on tap. I would go back here in a heartbeat.

Great neighborhood spot. Unlike the dozens of Southern-inspired places that seemed to take over New York (and especially Brooklyn) a few years ago, this one doesn't try to be anything fancier than it is (I mean, who really wants a $12 cocktail with their tater tots?) - it's more like a really, really good picnic or backyard barbecue. The fried chicken, pimento cheese and fried pickles are all great. And speaking as someone who is really picky about burgers, they pretty much nailed the classic, no-fuss burger. Plus, they serve canned Westbrook beers in adorable koozies - what's not to like?