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Apr 20, 2011 09:31 AM

Buffalo Wing Tour 2011 (westchester/putnam)

hey everyone. Let me explain what this is, myself and my buddy Craig consider ourselves wing experts.... We know what to look for and how an excellent wing should taste. So what we have done here is compiled a list of what we think are the top contenders for the best wings in our area.

we will create a schedule of what dates we will hit which resteraunt. I will type up our results at the end, possibly try and get them published (somewhere).

If anyone wants to join us please do, we absolutely love chicken wings and the sauces. T-shirts will be made as well. Please follow us on facebook for all updates.

here is our list of places, we need to add one more place! any suggestions??

Brewster, NY

So Dam Hot
Valhalla, NY

Michaels Sports Bar
Fishkill, NY

The Tavern at Croton Landing
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Blazer Pub
North Salem, NY

Lazy Boy Saloon
White Plains, NY

Cold Spring, NY

Justin Thyme
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Wappingers Falls, NY

Uncle Henrys
Harrison, NY

Beechmont Tavern
New Rochelle, NY

TK's American Cafe
Danbury, CT

6/20 (8:30pm
)Sherwoods Resteraunt
Larchmont, NY

Holy Smoke!
Mahopac, NY

6/27 (finale)
Candlelight Inn
Scarsdale, NY

thanks everyone

Justin Thyme
171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

Blazer Pub
RR 22, Purdys, NY 10578

Candlelight Inn
519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Uncle Henry's
309 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528

So Dam Hot
10 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

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  1. needed a hometown resteraunt so we added holy smoke, all spots are now filled, hoping we dont gain too much weight from this!!

    1. What a great idea for a Food Tour! Would love to join you but I don't think it would be wise for me at 8 months pregnant! (especially with those Chernobyl-type sauces!) You named all the places I could think of - well done with Candlelight as your final stop! Good luck & enjoy!

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      1. re: Sra. Swanky

        I will report all my findings right here!

      2. Since you are expanding into Dutchess, you should check out The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh (would be only about 10 minutes further than Fishkill or Wappingers). I think they have better wings than Michael's or Tacocina. Love their really hot wings! If you have any extra time, check it out, or even if it's not part of the official tour.

        Tacocina does have surprisingly good wings for a Mexican place, as I discovered at the Wing Fest a couple of months ago. My co-worker raves about TK's but the one time I tried to go they were closed for a party.

        Golden Rail Ale House
        Old N Plank Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550

        1. I suggest you have your doctor do a pre and post cholesterol measurement. Closer to what sounds like home is the ny firehouse grill in peekskill. I haven't been but I've heard good things about them.

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          1. re: vinouspleasure

            solstice yes Tacocina is one of 2 places on the tour i have already been to, not only are their wings good but their entire menu is great.....

            vinous, we will be monitoring our weight lol

            1. re: ryanallday

              also, I think you're hitting half price wing night at the croton landing. Are you just having buffalo wings or are other varieties up for consideration? Are you rating/ranking?

              1. re: vinouspleasure

                we will write up short reviews and at the end rank them all

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  while this was not a planned stop on the tour we had to try them for 15 cent wing night.

                  Lily Logans in Wappingers Falls, NY.
                  Chris (the owner) greeted us and made us feel right at home at Lily Logans. He truly cares about the wings they serve there and it shows. We orderes alottt of wings due to the cheap price. Our wings were the perfect size, very meaty... we sampled 2 of their 23 sauce choices. The mild sauce is almost hard to put into words, you just need to try it, its a smokey, sweet sauce with a little bit of heat, it tastes like you just took it off the grill, the hot buffalo sauce was a classic buffalo sauce, perfect amount of heat, perfect taste. Lily's wings are definetly dead on perfect. We really loved Chris and his devotion to wings and excellent food and we look foward to more trips to his bar/restaurant in the future!

                  pic of my wings:

                  please follow us on facebook for updates!

                  Lily Logans
                  2026 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

                  1. re: ryanallday

                    What night is their 15 cent wing night? I live one minute away from there. I tried their wings once and wasn't impressed, but I'll go back and try them again if they're 15 cents each!

              2. Looks like you saved the best for last.

                Candlelight, although it has a few detractors, is generally considered to be at the top of the Wings list north of NYC. But let us know your results!

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                1. re: menton1

                  yes we made candlelight last because one of 2 locations on the list we have already tried and we consider candlelight the best wings we ever had so we will see if any of the other locations can oust them, you will get our honest opinion during the entire tour! :)

                  1. re: ryanallday

                    best wings including the classic buffalo wing joints?

                    1. re: vinouspleasure

                      not sure what you mean but we will be going to all the places listed in the original post starting with Kellys one week from tonight, we are very excited

                      1. re: ryanallday

                        have you been to anchor, duffs, etc? if so, how do they compare? If not, I'm not sure how you can consider yourself an expert without having been to center of the wing universe and sampling the source of wing goodness.

                        1. re: vinouspleasure

                          I also consider myself a wing expert, although I have not had the good fortune of making it to Buffalo to try the classics. I'd hate to think that all my years of wing tasting mean nothing if I haven't been to Buffalo ;-) I do hope to make it there someday soon.

                          1. re: Solstice444

                            me and my partner will be there this year for wing fest!

                            1. re: ryanallday

                              wait, you're conducting a *buffalo* wing tour and ranking *buffalo* wings, publishing an article about it but have never had wings in buffalo? How are your avid readers supposed to interpret phrases like "hot buffalo sauce was a classic buffalo sauce"?

                              Wouldn't your article and your tour benefit from a last stop at anchor/duffs?

                              1. re: vinouspleasure

                                this is a tour of westchester and putnam countys, we will experience buffalo off the tour in september. we know food period.

                                1. re: ryanallday

                                  Yes, one does not have to go down South to do a tasting tour of Southern Fried Chicken, either...

                                  1. re: ryanallday

                                    you have my undying admiration for undertaking this quest but respectfully disagree. When we take our family from fl to flushing for chinese food their reaction is "what's the heck is this?" As a KCBS judge, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people tell me that the best ribs "fall off the bone". Is this because they haven't visited classic US rib joints and figured out the characteristics of a good rib? Also, I think your article would benefit if it were told from the perspective of you and your partner sitting in duffs and comparing the westchester/putnam county wings to duff's (or anchor). Finally, from my perspective, your review of So Damn Hot sounds a warning bell. While I do like their wings and agree they are well made, I don't think the sauce tastes like anything I've had in Buffalo.

                                    1. re: vinouspleasure

                                      Do the "best" wings have to be exactly the same as the originals from Buffalo??

                                      1. re: Westjanie

                                        we are going strictly from a westchester county aspect....and as i have said earlier we will be in buffalo this september and I will report my findings....also a question for anyone who has eaten at duff's, the sauce they sell on their website is it the same sauce used in the restaurant? if so i will buy a bottle.

                                        1. re: ryanallday

                                          that's a really good idea, I can't speak to duff''s but you can find the anchor wing sauce in price chopper. It's a close approximation of what you'll find up in buffalo and I like it the best of all the commercially available sauces. There's a PC in wappingers, I buy six bottles (hot) every time I'm in the area. A small store in our town started carrying it but alas, they just have the medium.

                                          Post if you find some and I'll post a great smoked buffalo wing recipe that combines the elements of smoked wings with buffalo wings. It's been a big hit at our parties and I like the idea that the wings are not fried. imo, it's better than anything I can find in the area (but haven't been to the candlelight). I should add it's not my recipe, I found it on a bbq site.