After polishing off 18 wings on Martin Luther King Day, I entered Tuesday with 93 wings under my belt (literally). I was so close to 100 I could taste it. It was time for me to reach my first “Meaty Milestone”: #100. That entire day I sat in my cubicle with one thing on my mind. Where would I consume that precious 100th wing? After hours of Googling for the perfect place, a place I’ve never been before, I decided to hit up this small Irish pub under the Hoboken 14th street viaduct called Carpe Diem. It is considered by many to be a hidden gem in town. I’ve eaten at Carpe a handful of times, but I had never tried their buffalo wings. But I do recall seeing someone order them before and they looked legit.
After work I went home and relaxed for a bit and then made my way over to Carpe Diem. The bar area is really small but there is surprisingly a lot of seating. Bar stools and a few two seat tables surround the bar giving the room a cozy feeling. I got a seat at the bar, ordered a frosty Coors Light draft and asked for the menu. One order of wings was $9 and they offered 3 sauces: Buffalo, BBQ, or honey glaze. I went with BBQ. Before I could take three sips of my beer, my wings were served. Boy, did they look and smell delicious. It turns out an order is 10 wings, which isn’t too shabby if you ask me. One order at Green Rock will get you 9 wings and a lot of other places give you less than that. I was a happy camper.
It was time to eat. My milestone meat sticks were served and the presentation was very impressive. The wings were served on a full size dinner plate with fresh lettuce and baby carrots. The dipping sauce was ranch. I’m a fan of both bleu cheese and ranch, so that didn’t matter to me. The wings were coated with just the right amount of BBQ sauce. Not too much, not too little. They were average size, but not overly meaty. The meat though was very tender. I had them down in 15 minutes and was satisfied with my choice. I will definitely be back.
I’d like to thank the fine people at Carpe Diem for sharing my first “Meaty Milestone” with me and encourage all Hobokeners who dare to make their way Uptown to check out this hidden gem under the viaduct.
Milestones: I consumed wing #100
2011 Wing Count: 103
Rating: 4 Tums