The weather was perfect for this past Saturday’s WingFest, the fifth annual contest to find NYC’s champion of wings.
Boat Basin was the perfect location per usual as the crowd was able to enjoy some sun to go with all-you-can-eat wings and all-you-can-drink beer. We made the conscious decision to try every wing first before drinking, so we wouldn’t be too drunk to remember which wings we liked best. Besides, we had all afternoon to keep drinking and figured we might as well set a base first. It was a great event and I’m already ready to go back next year. Here’s my personal review of the contestants:
BBQue's Smoke Shack: The defending champion made a strong marketing campaign with free stickers and a “Holy Habanero Challenge.” (The flaw in the challenge was that it didn’t start until around 2:00 p.m. I’d already eaten about 15 wings at that point. I wasn’t really in the mood to eat another 12 in 12 minutes. Others felt the same.) Their special barbecue sauce wing came with additional hot sauce. (That’s a cop out. Put what you need to on the wing to begin with and roll with it.) It was good, but by no means the best. The defending champion would go home disappointed.
Duke's New York: Duke’s also produced a barbecue sauce wing. Hopefully you liked barbecue sauce because the damn thing was flooded with tons of it. Not only was there too much sauce, it was a bit too sweet. One could argue that too much sauce meant it got all over your face and thus interfered with running game on the girls in attendance. The counterpoint would be that the girls had sauce all over their faces, too.
Duke's New York
Mason Jar: These guys came with little fanfare surrounding their traditional Buffalo wing and maybe that did them a disservice. Of all the Buffalo wings on display, this was clearly the tastiest. It had some kick, possibly because there seemed to be a little extra vinegar base to the sauce. I came to eat Buffalo wings, so these were my personal favorite. I think everyone else enjoyed the various flavors of wings being offered, so Mason Jar was overshadowed.
Tribeca Tap House: There’s no shame in producing a reasonably good Buffalo wing. Tribeca Tap House brought that to the table on Saturday. The sauce was good, but it didn’t really stand out among what else was out there.