After eating four wings in honor of the Men’s Final Four at The Penny Farthing, it was now Friday and I had the itch for more wingage. I really wanted to try out a place I’ve never been before. I asked my wing buddies and they suggested I check out Phebe’s Tavern & Grill in NYC’s East Village. The name rang a bell. It took me a few minutes to remember how I knew of the place, then it came back to me. I went sharking for ladies there a few years back. From what I remember, it was a good scene. Phebe’s it was.
Thursday night I had dinner at The Penny Farthing Bar and Restaurant in NYC’s East Village. The combination of wood paneled walls, wooden booths and candle lit lighting made me feel like I was walking into an 1800s saloon, minus the cowboys.
The menu was extensive, offering everything from butternut squash risotto to bangers and mash to buffalo wings! One order, mild or hot, was $8 and served with carrots, celery, and chunky bleu cheese. I chose hot wings for an appetizer and the steak BLT as my main course.
After a warm, meaty welcome back from my wing-cation on Sunday night at Green Rock’s 9th Anniversary Party, I woke up Monday in the mood for some serious wing-age. I was craving so badly I was seeing chicken wings all day at work. At one point during the day, I caught myself biting at my computer monitor like it was a big juicy chicken wing. Luckily, none of my co-workers saw me. Whew.
Finally, it was 6pm – time to close up shop. I powered down my computer and headed to the East Village with my friend to take advantage of Croxley’s Ales 10 cent wing special (Hey Croxley’s, if you’re reading this please return my phone call – I won’t bite, I swear). Unfortunately, there was a 30 minute wait for a table and I was on a tight schedule, so as Jay-Z would say, “On To The Next One.”
Yesterday I did my first ever radio interview. It was with Tom Dunne from News Talk Ireland in Dublin. He reached out to me last week after reading about my wing project. The chat was originally supposed to take place on Monday, but it got bumped back because the leader of their country was about to get kicked out of office – true story. I don’t follow Irish politics closely, but this was worthy of a little research. Ireland’s leader is Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Apparently, party lawmakers were unhappy with his handling of Ireland’s debt crisis forcing an early election. In September he was accused of being drunk and hungover during a radio interview. I like this guy. Anyways, back to my interview.
Since Ireland is 5 hours ahead of me over here on the East coast, the interview took place at 6:40am. That was a challenge for me. Let’s just say I’m not a morning person. The station called and before I knew it I was on the air, live and international!
After the jump is a complete transcription of the interview. It’s a little lengthy, but definitely worth the read. When you’ve finished reading, post your favorite quote in the comments.
After receiving good press on my “wing project” in Time Magazine and Asylum, Metromix New York, a local entertainment guide, reached out to me for an interview and photoshoot. For the shoot, they asked me to pick the location and said they would buy me an order of wings. I chose Croxley Ales in New York City’s East Village because it’s my favorite wing joint in the city.
The shoot was great and so were the wings. I dialed up one order of medium, which is 12 wings. I ate 10 and the photographer ate 2. We had a lot of fun with the shoot and took some really cool pics, including a shot of my head on the bar, in food coma with sauce all over my face and mouth open. They didn’t use it for the article, but trust me, it’s awesome. If I get my hands on it, I’ll post it.
Anyways, the medium wings were good as always. Croxley’s never disappoints.
2011 Wing Count: 69
Rating: 4.5 Tums