If like me you love chicken wings, you need to try Anchor Bar on 57th street: this is the outpost of the original restaurant located in Buffalo, credited with the creation of the Buffalo chicken wings in the 1960s. At that time, wings were used in soups or thrown away; owner Teressa Bellissimo got the idea to deep fry them and smother them in Frank’s Red Hot sauce, serving them with blue cheese sauce. Incredibly, they were served for free at the counter, before becoming an icon of American Bar food. My first encounter with Buffalo wings was in New York when I moved here as I only tried chicken wings in Paris at...Pizza Hut!
So I was excited to go to Anchor Bar and got to try their medium as well as suicidal wings that were definitely hot but so not hot like the hottest at Buffalo Wild Wings several blocks away. The wings were not the best I had, but were quite good and the chicken was well cooked, still moist.
As it is a bar, they offer a wide variety of drinks like the beer from Weihenstephan that is served in a glass with the shape of a boot or their old fashioned that was a bit too diluted.
Anchor Bar is an institution and, as I could not try it in Buffalo, it was a great opportunity to try it in New York City. As I mentioned before, these are nice t the best wings ever, but they are pretty good and going to what I consider an institution makes it worth the trip.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Anchor Bar - 327 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019