166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
During the week of March 17, the University of Cincinnati had their yearly Spring break, so I decided to visit Madison in New York City. We went out to a Saturday brunch in Brooklyn, making our way to a restaurant called Pies-N-Thighs. As we walked to the restaurant, our initial thought was “Wow, we should have made a reservation.” There were groups of people waiting outside on the street corner for a table, and we faced a huge traffic jam of people as we tried to make our way inside to the host. Additionally, they do not have an official host stand, so it was not clear who was going to be taking our name down. Once we found the host, we were able to put a phone number down to be reached when our table was ready, and I could check our place in line through Yelp. I know many restaurants are starting to do this, but it was a nice feature because it allowed us to go around the corner and get some coffee during our 45-minute wait.
Once we were notified that our table was ready, we made our way inside and they showed us to our table (which was conveniently placed right next to the display of fresh pastries). The restaurant is a very small place with only 7 tables or so, but once seated it did not feel very cramped. Our server brought waters to the table when he greeted us and was very friendly throughout. I ended up ordering the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. I haven’t been a fan of chicken fried steaks I have had in the past, but this one blew me away. The steak was tender and juicy, and the sausage gravy on top was spectacular. Also, the breading was great, on many fried foods it can be greasy and fall off, but in this meal, it provided a nice texture/flavor. I ordered my eggs over-well and they were prepared nicely, and the cheese grits and toast were good but nothing special. Madison ordered the Chicken and Waffles which I had the chance to try. We both agree that the chicken was great, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The buckwheat waffle had a very nice flavor to it and would have tasted great on its own without any added syrup. In addition, the meal was topped with baked apples and cinnamon butter which was a very nice contrast of tastes.
Even though we were both stuffed, we each ordered a piece of pie for dessert (I mean how could we not?). I ordered the Banana Cream Pie and Madison ordered the Apple Pie. The Apple Pie was good, tasting very fresh, but the crust seemed like it had not baked the whole way through in places. I ordered the Banana Cream Pie because they have it labeled as “award-winning” on the menu. Whoever gave them that award knew what they were talking about because it was definitely the best banana cream pie I have ever had, and one of the best pies in general. The crust was amazing, the pie was sweet and creamy, and the vanilla wafers were a pleasant way to top it off!
Overall, we had an amazing experience at Pies-N-Thighs, and we very strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a delicious brunch spot in the NYC area.
-Darius and Madison