The long-building wave of food blog hype has at last reached the shore of South 4th Street in Williamsburg, where the new location of southern comfort BBQ restaurant Pies 'N' Thighs finally opened today. You may recall that back in January 2008, the original location in the shadow of the Williamsburg bridge was shut down by the Health Department for such infractions as an improper pork smoker. (Our headline, "Pies 'n' Thighs Goes Tits Up," elicited some "fun" comments.) After more than two years of preparation and speculation, the P&T team has now opened in their new digs, at the corner of Driggs.
The sunny, inviting space has seating in the front room/counter area, plus an additional back room that can accommodate another two dozen guests. (A small outdoor dining area will open in the spring.) Co-owner Sarah Buck was on hand this morning, and gave us the vitals:
- All the bread and baked goods are made in-house in the large basement kitchen.
- Burgers are from the Meat Hook.
- Delivery begins next week.
- New items include a Big Salad for $10, which Buck described as a "big hippie salad." (She was not aware of the famous Seinfeld episode.)
- Also new: Horchata and Morir Sonando, which is like "a Dominican creamsicle."
- Many specials that would come and go at the old place, such as brisket, are now permanent.
- The taco of the week this week is smoked pork with pineapple and cilantro. ($7)
- Beer is on tap now, wine is on the way from Buck's sister in France, who makes Corbières wine.
- The weekend brunch menu is all new.
This is really a swinging time for Southside Williamsburg dining. Across the street, the cocktail/small plates lounge Dram is set to (finally) open this month, in the space formerly occupied by Zak Pelaccio's Chickenbone. Speaking of Pelaccio, his Fatty 'Cue is expected to open this month on South 6th Street, and on South 2nd Street the new sushi restaurant 1 or 8 just opened, promising to deliver "a caliber of sushi heretofore unknown in Williamsburg."
As for Pies 'N' Thighs, the hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you want to buy a whole pie, that costs $30 and you need to give one day notice. (347-529-6090)