Tuesday, February 21, 2012

NYC Restaurant Review: Pies ‘N’ Thighs

Pies ‘N’ Thighs serves the single best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever tried. There are two schools of thought when it comes to mac; those who like it baked with a crispy crust (and I’d argue, a dry, mushy center) and those (like me) who prefer a slick, wet, al dente noodle with a bright orange cheddar cheese sheen. Pies ‘N’ Thighs’ mac falls into the later camp and is drizzled with my Buffalo wings favorite: Frank’s RedHot. Heaven.

I die for it; I bike over bridges to get to it; I wait in hour long lines for a table to taste it, but last weekend when we went to Pies ‘N’ Thighs for brunch, I missed it–dearly. That’s because PNT does not serve their iconic man ‘n’ cheese on their brunch menu. I live in Boston now and haven’t been back to PNT for over 6 months. Being told there was no way I could order the mac until 5:00 that night, and given that our flight home was taking off at 3:00, I almost cried. Literally. And then my fried chicken arrived.

The “thighs” at Pies ‘N’ Thighs are sublime. Perhaps not the single best I’ve ever tried, but up there. Smothered in honey butter with a splash of hot sauce and wedged between a buttermilk biscuit bun, the Chicken Biscuit sandwich at PNT is enough to quell appetites (and tears). With naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free chicken, it’s also enough to quell concern, so long as you don’t overdo it on the cheese grits, hush puppies or food-forward donuts. My suggestion: split the Big Salad with your table; loaded with avocado, beets, carrots and black eyed peas, it will round out all the fried food you’re destined to devour.

Ironically, the “pies” at Pies ‘N’ Thighs are my least favorite part of the menu. Over the years I’ve tried at least half a dozen varieties and have never really fallen for them. They have a wide selection of seasonal faves that look like they came straight out of a county fair pie eating contest, and taste like it too.

Pies ‘N’ Thighs
166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-6090
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

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