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!
I am an absolute buffalo wing fiend. I agree with you on your description of what makes a true buffalo wing. All those other types of chicken wings are fine and dandy, but they just ain't buffalo wings, that's for sure!
My favorites in the city are Bonnie's. Well fried and crisp, quite meat and a very flavorful sauce that ranges from tasty to nice kick, to oh my god just let me die already!
I felt the same way about Blondies up until just recently and then I've just stopped going. I can't really seem to describe what's lacking. Maybe it's just overall taste? Less crunchy? I don't really know.
I was recently discussing this with a friend up in this nabe who has recommended firehouse bar for wings. I've also heard a few random comments to that effect. Haven't tried them yet.
I loved Pluck U back when they had a location on NYU's campus. They have declined over the years and, now, they've closed up many locations. I bumped into one on 9th near the 50s and was completely disappointed. Bleh.
Aside from Atomic wings (agree - so-so), I'm ashamed to admit I have tried the others but I'll have t give these places a try. I've heard of them many times,
Croxley's, on 2nd(?) and B makes a good wing. But as you noted, their wings tend to be a lot better on non-10-cent-wing nights.
Scruffy Duffy's has served very good wings the few times I've had them.
Professor Thom's on 2nd ave. btw 13th and 14th can put some good wings out occasionally.
re: Ethan N
buffalo wings that are deep fried til medium brown,
then submerged in a very simple mix of your favorite hot sauce and lots of butter(key ingredient) coat wings and put under drying rack.. you are all set
perfect every time. i am eager to see the posts about this. have not been pleased with nyc chicken wings.. i guess been ging to the wrong places... blondies is ok...
senor swankys ok... need more ideas