Wednesday evening I took the wing challenge to Lansdowne Road Sports Bar. When I kicked off my journey to “wing heaven” 28 days ago, my buddy Pete, who hails from Buffalo and knows a thing or two about chicken wings, claimed Lansdowne’s “World Famous Scruffy Duffy Wings” were to die for. Scruffy Duffy’s was a very popular sports bar in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, which closed in 2007. Some referred to it as “the coolest place in Hell’s Kitchen” and their wings were coined by many as the best in the city. Unfortunately, I never got to try them. I was excited to see what they were all about.
Last week I received a text from my buddy Wes. We went to high school together and became good friends through our school’s post-secondary options program, which permits high school students to earn college credit or high school graduation credit through college coursework. He and his fiance were going to be in New York City for the weekend. Wes and I had some good times, so I was excited to catch up with him and meet his fiance. I hadn’t seen him in two years.
After reaching my first Meaty Milestone (consuming wing #100) on Tuesday, I decided to take Wednesday off. My digestive system deserved it.
Wednesday flew by and now it was Thursday. I entered the day with 103 wings down, only 1908 to go – I can do this! I had an interview coming up on Friday with the Dwyer & Michaels Morning Show in Davenport, Iowa, so I needed to go big. Scene of the crime: Black Bear Bar & Grill in Hoboken, NJ.
Now, I had wings at the Black Bear on November, 27 2010. You’re probably asking yourself, “how in the hell does he remember the exact date?” Easy. That’s where my friends and I watched the Ohio State-Michigan football game. That day we ordered 30 crispy mild wings and they were nothing to brag about – overcooked and wrinkly. Picture your fingers after you have been in the bath tub too long. Yep, that’s how they looked. Most people wouldn’t go back, but I did. Why? It was freezing cold outside and the nearest bar in sight. Plus, their beers were cheap and it was ladies night. I had a chance to kill two birds with one stone.
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
Yesterday I participated in the 3rd annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King Day of Service, where I helped children craft “I have a dream” dream-catchers and charity wreaths. I told my buddy Jordan about it and he joked, “Did you show them the art of eating a chicken wing?” Haha. No, I didn’t but I did get wings afterward.
When the community service project ended, I considered going home and ordering from Wings To Go (their lemon pepper wings are off the hook!), but it was Monday and that means .35 cent wings at Green Rock, right? Not exactly. Now, I’ve reviewed Green Rock’s chicken wings before, so I’m not going to go into much detail about the wings themselves in this post. But I will go into detail about my experience.
I took a seat at a table and asked for 20 wings, which would run me $7 at the .35 cent special price. The server then informed me the special didn’t start til 5pm. I so badly wanted to ask if they could make an exception for the Ultimate Wingman but I didn’t. Anyways, I had to get 2 orders (9 wings per order) at $9 apiece, so I ended up eating 18 wings for $18. Not a great deal, but the wings were good. Lesson learned – don’t go for .35 cent wings on Mondays until after 5pm, unless the owners want to make an exception for the wingman 😉
I’ve rated Green Rock’s wings 4.5 Tums in the past, but since I didn’t get the special price, this time they get a 4.
2011 Wing Count: 93
Rating: 4 Tums