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Pies ‘n’ Thighs is back!

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The chicken-fried drought is over! Pies ’n’ Thighs — Williamsburg’s beloved Southern food and barbecue joint — reopened on Monday.

It wasn’t the recession that denied us our biscuits and gravy for the last two years, but a bureaucratic scuffle with the Buildings Department that finally ended this week, paving the way for a new Pies ’n’ Thighs on S. Fourth Street and Driggs Avenue, just a few blocks from where the restaurant got its start in a makeshift kitchen behind the divey Rock Star Bar.

Co-owner Erika Geldzahler said that while no one camped out, the restaurant was already buzzing when it opened its doors 8 am.

“New York had no good Southern food until Pies ’n’ Thighs,” said Atlanta-raised Williamsburg resident Jeremy Parker, 24. “Of course, I had to be here on opening day.”

Geldzahler said regulars could expect all the classics, plus some new — and equally mind-blowing — items like shrimp and grits, brisket, and baked goods by co-owner Sarah Buck.

But Geldzahler insists one of the best upgrades is the fridge.

“In the first location, we were operating out of coke cooler,” she said.

So far, so good. But when — make that if — the highly anticipate­d/massively delayed Fatty ’Cue opens a mere four blocks away, we’ll have a serious BBQ war on our hands.

Pies ’n’ Thighs [166 S. Fourth St. at Driggs Avenue (347) 529-6090].

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
The old Pies 'n' Thighs was okay on S.5th (at Kent) but it took forever to get your food and the staff had so many friends hanging around distracting them it seemed like you were interrupting when you ordered.
March 4, 2010, 11:03 am
Janice Lolly from Gowanas says:
Another article about junk food from the Brooklyn Paper. Please stop pushing deep fired and fatty junk in your paper.
March 4, 2010, 1:02 pm
Sam from Park Slope says:
Amazing food! Grabbed lunch there today, wonderfully juicy fried chicken, fluffy biscuit that popped with flavor, and a black eyed pea salad to top it off - I returned for a solid coffee and their house made donut! Decadent and down home. Highly recommended.
March 4, 2010, 10:57 pm
Harmony from Park Slope says:
Their pies go straight to my thighs - but it's worth it. There's no other place to get pies cooked in real pig lard any more.
March 5, 2010, 8:40 am
emilyahn from bed-stuy says:
Mitchell's on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights is another great place to get authentic soul food. Five Spot on Myrtle and Washington is pretty damn good too.
March 9, 2010, 6:33 pm

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