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January 25, 2021
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Food + Drink

Soul Warming at Junior’s

By Lisa M. Collins
Junior's fried chicken dipped in BBQ with sweet potato fries.
Photo by Joshua Kristal

Don’t be like me, people. Living in Brooklyn six years, and haven’t eaten at Junior’s? I know, you think it might be touristy or something, as it is a landmark and all, surviving in downtown Brooklyn, at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb.

I ate at Junior‘s with my crack team recently, as we were out on a reporting mission. We ordered a ton of food–a pastrami sandwich on rye (completely delicious), a roast beef sandwich served on potato pancakes with apple sauce (my 90-pound intern ate the entire thing it was so good), and fried chicken dipped in barbeque sauce with sweet potatoe fries. We were served slaw and beets and soft bread.

This place has it all–charm, cheer, a 50s feel to the booths and service, and a full menu featuring everything from fried catfish and hamburgers that are famous to soul food classics such as mac and cheese. In New York City, when a restaurant sticks around for 61 years, you bet there’s a good reason for it.

Junior’s is delicious and fun, and the desserts—certainly you’ve heard of Junior’s famous cheesecake. We were too full to try any. Next time….

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