so I heard that junior's sucks, but the fried chicken is good. I'm here to confirm a few things:
a. not everything at junior's sucks
b. the fried chicken is NOT good
Went to the bklyn original there for brunch with some out-of-towners (8 folks visiting from Atlanta, multi-generational, a few home-cooks among them, all black americans who wanted to have some soul food and hang out in brooklyn). between all of us, we had the baby back ribs, fried chicken, mixed fried seafood platter, the hamburger, omelette, french toast deluxe, chicken fingers, pancakes deluxe, corn bread, and a few more items, I can't remember. all of it was pretty standard diner fare, and very generous portions, and all more or less good, but not unique. their table coleslaw was great, their table beets were great, their table pickles were alright. we all ended up picking from each other's plates but I ordered the fried chicken, having gotten the rec from a few people, although I was leaning towards the chicken-fried steak personally.
made to order, my meal arrived after 20 minutes or so; 4 pieces of fried chicken, a bit light-colored for my taste, majorly underseasoned, and just decent. not much of a crust, a scrawny drumstick, a decent wing, and a couple thighs that were, well, kinda crunchy, just not that good. I was disappointed.
the cornbread was good, the ribs were sticky sweet and tender, the french toast was kinda crazy (an impossible crunch that tasted and felt like it passed through the deep fryer), the burger was boring, the seafood platter was standard, the other breakfast goods were standard as well.
but, the service was great (we had good banter with our server) and it was a fun experience. the restaurant was well-preserved and quite welcoming despite its size and overall, a pleasant meal. there's plenty of better places in the city, diner cuisine or not and I wouldn't go back again since the food was boring but I think, worth a visit, at least once. oh, and they had a signed picture of the notorious B.I.G. with diddy hanging on the wall, that was nice.
oh and of course! the cheesecake! well, we didn't have any, since it was too much food to digest, but, they did pick one up to go. I personally find their cheesecake too dense, and much prefer the lighter versions found elsewhere (lemony italian cheesecake from a greek bakery on Northern Boulevard in Bayside comes to mind, the name escapes me, its a block away from flamingo and is NOT oasis).