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Pies 'n' Thighs recs?

I'm heading to Pies 'n' Thighs for the first time and am looking for recommendations. There are a smattering of reviews on the boards and most praise the chicken and pulled pork. What are the can't-miss items on the menu?

Thanks in advance.

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Pies 'n' Thighs
166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  1. Don't miss the fried chicken box.

    1. I lived down south, and the fried chicken and pulled pork really don't do it for me at Pies N Thighs. However, the fried chicken biscuit is excellent, and if they have the black eyed peas, get them, too!

      1. yeah, the biscuits are what is really good there. I like the fried chicken a lot more at No. 7 Greene. I have heard the burgers are good at Pies 'n' Thighs--I think I'm going to get that the next time I go because the fried chicken didn't measure up, imo. I still like it there though, would return.

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        No. 7
        7 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

        1. I have not gone past the chicken box. I think their fried chicken pretty much rocks. The pulled pork is just ok, i wouldn't pass it up if it were in front of me unless there was fried chicken behind it!

          1. The chicken part of the fried chicken is stringy and tough, but the "fried" is excellent. The first time I went (in this incarnation) I was able to overlook the chicken's weakness. The second I found it disappointing. The fried catfish is good, but they pour hot sauce on it. It's a smoky-flavored hot sauce that kind of contaminates it (if you don't like that flavor, which I don't). I will ask them to leave it on the side if there is a next time. Warning: they also pour this hot sauce on the grits. Key lime pie is fantastic. Banana cream pie was intensely banana flavored and delicious once. The second time it tasted like candy--little banana flavor.

            1. Thanks for all of these replies. I went to Pies 'n' Thighs last night and was quite disappointed. I thought the fried chicken tasted re-heated. To give it flavor, I had to douse the chicken in honey. The biscuit they provide with the fried chicken box also lacked flavor. The black-eyed peas were the only redeeming item on the plate and they are certainly not going to cause me to return. I am a big fan of key lime pie and given the raves about their version, I thought it left a lot to be desired. The much-touted graham cracker crust tasted stale and the slice was far from memorable. I much prefer the key lime pie at Billy's Bakery in Chelsea.

              Perhaps I visited on an off night. Thanks again for all the feedback.

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              Pies 'n' Thighs
              166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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              1. re: Desidero

                Yeah, I don't think this place is so hot. It tries (and actually succeeds) to look like a down-home / "authentic" / cheap chicken joint. But the main event is just OK. You can get good chicken anywhere. And elsewhere for great chicken. It does try a little too hard, and heightens your expectations. If I just came upon it without hearing about it first it would be a nice neighborhood find. But all the buzz left me wanting more.

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                Pies 'n' Thighs
                166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              2. The Chicken Biscuit is def. the way to go...fried chicken breast on a biscuit with honey butter on one side of the biscuit and hot sauce on the other...really good.
                I have not been impressed by any thing else on their menu..incl. the fried chicken box, the pies and the hot sauce mac and cheese.
                If you go get the Chicken Biscuit for sure.

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                1. re: venezuelan

                  100% AGREE! Chicken Biscuit - the honey butter and hot sauce put it on top. At $5.00, you can't complain.
                  I like all the pies I've tried there, too - nice crust.

                    1. re: venezuelan

                      i don't know--i got the chicken biscuit at their holiday pop up at columbus circle, and was totally overwhelmed by the 1/3 cup of honey butter slathered on top of a okay, sorta tough piece of chicken. i liked the biscuit, liked the hot sauce, but was just not that impressed with the experience overall.

                    2. I love the chicken there because they brine it and it stays supermoist (and seasoned) all the way through -- this is an issue I have with most fried chicken, especially with the white meat pieces. Our ideal meal there is one chicken biscuit and one chicken box, split between two people.

                      Any other places to recommend where they also brine the chicken?

                      1. They have a new fried chicken sandwich on the menu ...

                        fried chicken breast
                        cheese
                        bacon
                        avocado
                        lettuce
                        tomato
                        ranch
                        on a roll

                        SO good.

                        1. Went here yesterday evening, and sat in the back room with side open to the street on a really nice day. However while this is my first visit, overall impression is of average; perhaps our expectations were off?

                          Chicken from the box menu was moist, tender, and hot, but the crust/skin though seasoned well and tasty nothing memorable, outstanding, or unique. We also had a catfish box with crust bit on a soggy side and the fish did not have that bit of a bite and flakiness retained when fried while it is in good quality/fresh. But all in all the major players were okay and disappointing given the raves here by many as it is a satisfying feeling when both us agree that we couldn't have made this at home.

                          What I didn't like: very plain and not-so-fresh iceberg lettuce salad, and grind up (coarse espresso) warm coleslaw that did very little to refresh our palates between fatty bites. Their hot sauce has flavor of vinegared-down buffalo wing sauce, and bbq sauce again quite forgettable; I think sides and condiments do add much to a joint/dish like this, and I didn't get a sense that they are paying much attention to them from what we got to sample. A half price draft beers did clease our palates and mood though, and certainly our friendly server who packed the banana cream pie to go (and they were decent).