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Best Wings in Brooklyn

Haven't found anything worth recommending yet, unfortunately! Would absolutely love to find a place that makes a truly great wing! And that's not to say I haven't been looking, I've been searching and sampling fairly steadily for about 7 years now...THE SEARCH CONTINUES...

Jun 28, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs

Best Wings in Brooklyn

Oh sarcasm just gets lost in this "medium" doesn't it. B W3 wings is a fairly crappy national chain, I was merely offering some sarcasm that though Bonnie's owners are from Buffalo they could learn a thing or two from the pre-packaged generally poor BW3, because they are worse than it!

And as for your suggestion of getting medium, why would I have done that when they offer "hot" and "hotter"? The hot is what to get, the hotter are the horrible ones. I was actually anticipating some one out there having the obvious reaction to me disliking the "hotter" as simply me and my friend being unable to handle the heat...which is why I pointed out that it was the terrible flavor - rather than the heat - that was unbearable. I'm all for hot as hell as long as it still tastes like a wing and not stomach bile...

As for the size of the wings, you're right the difference is in the preparation not the raw material...if your preferred preparation involves over cooking the wings so that it literally reduces it to a charred, paltry sack of flesh, that's fine, but I prefer my wings cooked till they are crispy on the outside while retaining a moist inside.

As for not "drowning" their wings, I would offer that there is some happy medium between drowning and being nearly absent of sauce. Bonnie's errs on the latter here by being nearly devoid of sauce, which in my opinion is an equal evil to a broad drowning...

It was damn nice of them to swap out the wings, indeed! Classy, and something they didn't have to do, agreed!

Jun 21, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs

NYC's All City Best Buffalo wings (2007)

Here's an update as I began this thread in April and have since visited a few more of these institutions:

Bonnies in Park Slope: Totally mediocre and overrated: read my full review here:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/249704

Mudville 9: These were good, not great, but I can imagine on the right night they could achieve levels of greatness. The wings hadn't been fried perfectly, the skin was a little too limp, and the sauce was agreeably hot, but lacked any subtle flavor whatsoever.

Scruffy Duffys: This place first of all is racist, which is vile, check the website which basically says don't come in if you're Arab or black. Anyway, they give you a good amount of wings for your buck, but mine were kind of drowned in sauce, and were not anything special, providing one of the very few times where I've actually left a wing uneaten.

I still want to try Croxley's and 1849, but for some reason it's always Wednesdays when I want to go, and that's both establishments all you eat night, which would not be a good or fair representation of their best wing work.

Blondie's still the best in my opinion...but THE SEARCH CONTINUES!!!

Jun 21, 2007
fethers10 in Manhattan

Best Wings in Brooklyn

I finally tried Bonnie's wings yesterday despite my good friend and fellow winghound's warnings about how overrated the place is, and sheer incredulity at how Bonnie's never gets less than a glowing review on the blogs (a conspiracy, perhaps.) Anyway, we went on my insistence and the final verdict: the wings are totally mediocre, and distinguish themselves in no way from your average bar wings in NYC.

First off, we ordered ten "hot" and ten "hotter." The latter is the first dish I've ever sent back in any restaurant in my life. They were completely inedible. I love my wings hot as sin, but these were just awful; when they came to the table I could immediately smell the excessive habanero extract that had been poured on the wings to get them to dangerous levels of scoville heat. Still, we figured we'd try them. One bite of one wing caused both myself and my friend to hiccup uncontrollably. Hot as hell wings are supposed to be hot, sometimes unbearably so, but they are not supposed to simply taste like unadorned habanero extract. They were vile, so we sent them back and our server was generous enough to switch them out with another order of "hot" which we appreciated.

So concerning the hot, these wings are decent. However, many were of the small, overly fried variety, little crunchy nuggets of flesh adorned with a pitiful amount of sauce. The ratio in any batch of wings should be nearly 50-50 in terms of drums - flats. In our order of ten there were 8 drums and only 2 flats (the superior half IMHO). The sauce in which they had been tossed was solid - hot, and a little vinegary, BUT no extra sauce had adhered to the wings when they'd been plated, so they came to the table looking dried up; unappetizing. There was not a drop of sauce at the bottom of the plate!

As for the accompaniments, the bleu cheese was good, and they give a decent amount of celery/carrots. But all in all, Bonnie's wings are profoundly mediocre, I'd say a 5.8 out of 10. To call them the best in the borough is an insult to other local institutions doing a much better job than the guys at Bonnie's. Maybe they should head down the street to Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck and do some homework...

Jun 21, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs

NYC's All City Best Buffalo wings (2007)

All the threads about buffalo wings seem to be a few years old at this point, so if anyone wants to chime in with their thoughts, please do so.

Firstly, a quick definition is in order. We are talking BUFFALO WINGS. The wings originating in Buffalo, NY at Anchor Bar in the sixties: Deep fried with a tangy mix of hot sauce and butter, celery (and carrots) accompaniment. Blue Cheese sauce in which to dip the wing. It's as simple as that; no breaded monstrosities, no teriyaki or "honey" sauces; no ranch dressing, no wing tips left intact or wings not seperated. We are talking simply flats and drums. Buffalo wings, seemingly so simple...and simply amazing how easy it is to get so wrong.

In my opinion the best wings in the world are at Duff's in Buffalo...therefore I judge every other wing against it. NYC has an abudance of places to get wings, though few and far between is the place that actually serves even real buffalo wings; rarer still is the place that serves anything you would call exceptional.

Tonight I had Blondie's (W 79th st location) for the first time, and I was inspired - they were awesome, and authentic, and even reminded me of Duff's. Maybe it was an on night? My friend and I were discussing that maybe Tuesday is the night to go; Monday is their all you can eat night, where they surely use the majority of their supply and may have to churn them out with less care than on a regular night. Tuesday thus is the same fresh wings without the pressure of an all you can eat crowd, thus I would imagine relatively more time is spent on preparing each order (still remarkably fast.) I thought Blondie's was the best buffalo wing I've found in the city, despite that people have recently been saying that quality has slipped...now I'm looking for a place that can top Blondie's? Anyone have a suggestion?

Atomic Wings is so-so, I do feel quality has declined...East vil location specifically; Down the Hatch has never been good.

Pluck U? Haven't been in ages...anyone?

Bonnie's? Also haven't been in ages...

Old Town Bar - the wings are good; but often come out tiny, and they don't offer degrees of hotness.

Candlelight in Scarsdale - Pretty awesome; amazing blue cheese though sometimes they don't seperate the wings and they can be small; I don't like huge steroid wings, but the real puny wings are sometimes off putting...

Mudville 9? Heard it's awesome, haven't been.

Scruffy Duffy's? This place still around?

What else? I know yr out there!

Apr 10, 2007
fethers10 in Manhattan

Driving from North Adams East on Route 2 towards Boston

Yknow what, we tried Jack's Hot Dogs in downtown North Adams, and it was fantastic. Prices straight out of the 70s, and a gritty, factory town lunch time feel, complete with fast counter top service and patties molded onsite, all cooked directly in front of you while you wait.

Best eats in Chapel Hill and Durham?

What about Mama Dip's Country Kitchen?!!! Just passed thru town the other day, tried it out, and it was superb, in this yankee's opinion! Fried Chicken and the Catfish Gumbo were near perfection!

Driving from North Adams East on Route 2 towards Boston

Hoping to see or find - ideally some sweet, independent hot dog, or roast beef joints, burger joints, to get a quick bite and some local flavor, and then get back on the road...

Driving from North Adams East on Route 2 towards Boston

Any good <i>Road Food</i> type places along the way? Dog or burger joints??

Buffalo Wings in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

I brought my own bleu cheese to Mug's last night. Not precisely mine, but rather a container of it that I got from the excellent Candlelight Inn in Scarsdale last week. Mug's wings are still mediocre, they are not hot enough. I tried their bleu cheese, which is really horrendous; literally just sour cream, not a trace of mayo or actual bleu cheese. They should be ashamed. The search continues...

Jan 16, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions in Williamsburg

Burger at Coney's on Bedford is fantastic. 287 Bedford. It's a fun place and in my opinion puts the over-hyped and pretentious Dumont Burger across the street to shame. Try the Brick Oven Gallery at 33 Havemeyer for great pizza and a cozy atmosphere. How about awesome Peruvian style rotisserie chicken, try the cheap and heartbreakingly charming Pio Pio Rico on the corner of Manhattan Ave and Huron St. in Greenpoint. For excellent Salvadoran in an equally charming setting at Bahia Resturant and Cafe, 690 Grand St. Try the puposas, $1.50!!!

Jan 09, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs

Buffalo Wings in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

There certainly seems to be a dearth of even DECENT wings in these parts. I've lived in the neighborhood for 8 years and have yet to discover anything remarkable. For a short short time Cafe Life 983 or whatever it's called in Bushwick on Flushing had great wings, now they are terrible. Mugs has sometimes decent wings, often awful bleu cheese. Buffalo Cantina's are mediocre to poor; Teddy's are bad, etc. What am i missing, please tell me there is a diamond in the rough!

Jan 09, 2007
fethers10 in Outer Boroughs