If you used to frequent Williamsburg when it was still “a thing,” chances are you probably stopped into, for lack of a better term, tiki bar The Commodore. With its satiating food and jumbo sized drinks (The Hurricane being the crème de la crème), it was always there for you when you were willing to go all out during the day or on a “school night.” But now that Bushwickians never leave their neighborhood unless it’s to go to Rockaway, the strategery of offering Commodore II to the public was necessary.
Co-owners Sammy Totem and Gary Sixteez, both somewhere in their thirties, have essentially replicated exactly what the original Commodore looks like and brought it to the space at 17 Ingraham Street–this time with a focus on Mexican-inspired cuisine. “You’ve really got to try our taco salad,” insisted Totem–though we weren’t sure if he was pulling a MOMO Sushi Shack with that kind of reference.
With nightly DJs, a beach-favoring decor and plenty of space to troll different parts of the room, it’s likely that Commodore II will soon usurp its predecessor in prestige–though the isolation of Ingraham isn’t exactly favorable when you stumble out of Commodore II expecting to see Milk Bar right next door.
Written by Genna Rivieccio