On a Sunday night last month I set out to discover which wing
restaurant in town had the better chicken wings, something I had been planning
to do since Wingstop opened in mid-December.
My party of three started at Wingstop, a national restaurant
chain that opened its first location in Westchester at 110 Abendroth Ave. on
Dec. 14, 2016.
You order and pay at the counter of the 2,100-square-foot, aviation-themed
restaurant which seats 54 inside and will also have seating outside on the deck
now that the weather is warming. The open kitchen allows you to watch as your
wings are tossed in a large bowl to coat them with one of the 11 flavors of
sauce or one rub. The newest, not even listed on the takeout menu, is Brazilian
Citrus Pepper which joins the likes of Hickory Smoked BBQ and Mango Habanero. When
your order is ready—it takes about 15 minutes—it is delivered to your table or
you retrieve it from the pick-up window.
We chose the eight classic wing combo which allows you two flavors,
one dipping sauce, fries or vegetable sticks ($9.99) and a 20-ounce soft drink.
Since we chose fries, an order of veggie sticks cost $1.19 extra.
The Original Hot sauce, described as “a blend of heat and tang,”
was bright red and had the perfect spiciness while the Louisiana Rub, our
second choice, left the other four wings only lightly colored. It was also
tasty, less messy and pleasingly spicy. However, the wings themselves were not
very big or meaty. Those with the rub were crispy, the others a tad hard.
The bleu cheese dip, one of four dipping sauces to pick from, was
watery with chunks of bleu cheese in it. Ranch, honey mustard and cheese sauce
are the other options.
Veggie sticks consist of both carrots and celery, and the carrots
are unusually wide. We laughed about the carrots at first, but I actually liked
them a lot.
The hand-cut fries flavored with seasoned salt were delicious. We
didn’t ask for anything special, so I guess we got the fry seasoning. Other
choices include Cajun, lemon pepper or parmesan. You can also get the fries
topped with cheese. Separately an order costs $2.65 or $3.69. With cheese they
go for $3.39 or $4.59.
Everything was served on a tray with each item nestled in special
Wingstop wax paper placed inside individual cardboard containers. However,
there were no napkins, just a roll of brown paper towels to rip off in the
center of the dining room, and no paper plates or containers to eat out of that
I could see. Perhaps you could ask for them.
Classic and boneless wings come in combos and packs or by the
piece and cost the same. Combos have six ($8.79) to 12 ($13.09) wings, packs 24
($27.29) to 100 ($92.19) and pieces eight ($6.89) to 100 ($79.29). Packs
generally include fries and veggie sticks. Besides wings, there are also combos
and packs of crispy tenders which are also available by the piece.
In addition to veggie sticks, sides include coleslaw, potato
salad, baked beans and baked rolls.
David Lewis is managing the restaurant for franchisee Brian
Robinson. The Port Chester location is the first of many Wingstops Robinson
expects to open.
Wingstop, located adjacent to the empty paved lot that was once a
parking lot across from Buffalo Wild Wings, is open every day from 11 a.m. to
midnight. If you want wings to take out or to be delivered, you can call
939-0200 or order online at wingstop.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings
While Wingstop is more of a fast food establishment, Buffalo Wild
Wings, located in The Waterfront at Port Chester complex at 44 Westchester Ave.,
is a happening sports bar and restaurant with a much larger menu. However, I
would not go there unless I was craving wings or wanted to grab a beer and
watch a sporting event on their many TVs.
BWW is also a national chain which now has locations in every
state and is beginning to open restaurants around the world.
The wings at Buffalo Wild Wings also come in boneless and
traditional with tenders a third option. All three can be flavored with a
choice of five different dry seasonings or 16 signature sauces ranging from
Salt & Vinegar to Blazin’ with Sweet BBQ, Parmesan Garlic and Mango
Habanero in between.
BWW opened in Port Chester June 5, 2006, so it has been a
thriving downtown business for almost 11 years, outlasting both Applebee’s and
Panera Bread in The Waterfront retail, dining and entertainment destination.
On my comparative wing-tasting outing last month, I tried to
compare similar styles and sauces, so we went with the small order of 10 traditional
wings ($11.79), half with Spicy Garlic sauce and half with Buffalo dry
seasoning. The traditional wings are described on the menu as “authentically
awesome, award-winning Buffalo, N.Y. style wings.” They come with celery or
carrots (we got a combination of the two) and bleu cheese or ranch dressing for
dipping. The thicker, creamier bleu cheese dipping sauce was more to my liking
than that at Wingstop.
Wing portions range from snack ($8.79) to large ($19.99). Snack
includes five wings, small 10, medium 15 and large 20. If you’re having a big
crowd, the party menu shows 50 wings for $46.49, 100 for $87.99 and 150 for
Traditional wings are half price on Wing Tuesdays and you get a
discount on boneless wings on Boneless Thursdays.
I had not been at BWW in some time but recalled that the Spicy
Garlic sauce was exceptional—spicy but not overpowering— which is still my
assessment. The Buffalo seasoning was similar in spiciness but obviously dryer
and less messy to eat.
The wings here are “spun” by hand to ensure each one is perfectly
coated in sauce or seasoning, according to the menu, but you can’t watch that
being done as you can at Wingstop. They were much meatier and not at all hard
as they were at Wingstop and some other places I’ve ordered wings from in the
past. I’m sure the deep fat frying process is tricky and can produce different
results each time.
To fairly compare, we also ordered a side of natural-cut French
fries ($3.59) and added a side of beer-battered onion rings ($5.59). The fries
were fine but not as good as Wingstop’s and the others in my party said the
onion rings were excellent, but I only had one bite because they are not my cup
of tea. They came with a yummy Southwest dipping sauce. You can add cheese to
the fries for $.55, bacon for $1.30 and your favorite dry seasoning at no
Here, too, the wings and fries, as well as the onion rings, were
served in cardboard containers lined with special BWW wax paper. Each person
then received their own empty container to put their food in rather than just
picking which I found more sanitary. We also got plenty of napkins.
Buffalo Wild Wings, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, offers
takeout but not delivery except through GrubHub. You can order online at
buffalowildwings.com or call 690-9453 to avoid waiting.
The Pub at Doral Arrowwood
Just by chance I went to The Pub at Doral Arrowwood on Anderson
Hill Road in Rye Brook shortly after visiting Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings
and found their wings to be the best of all.
The Pub serves only Classic NY Buffalo Wings or Boneless Wings
(10 pieces for $12) in naked, mild, medium or hot, Thai Chili or Bourbon Brown
Sugar flavors. After we chose the Classic Buffalo flavor, our waiter, who was
Latino, recommended we order the mild variety, so we took his advice and thank
goodness we did because even that was spicy. I can’t imagine what the hot must
be like! These wings were meaty, flavorful and came with bleu cheese dressing
and celery sticks.