The inaugural champions reclaimed the top prize, and took back bragging rights, at the third annual competition held last Saturday, February 25, at Red Star Bar in Greenpoint.
The establishment, known for their Caribbean-style wings, was awarded the top prize for what the judges called their “unique” and “original” Ginger Buff wings. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented the business with a commemorative plaque.
Second place went to Bonnie’s Grill of Park Slope, for their traditional Buffalo wing. The third prize went to Brooklyn Wings of Canarsie, for their Asian Fusion wing.
And Mulholland’s of Williamsburg received Honorable Mention by the judges.
According to Best Wings in Brooklyn event manager Nick D’Arienzo, The People's Choice Award was a really close race, but it ultimately went to host bar Red Star’s Raspberry BBQ, edging out Super Wing NY's Ginger Buff.
This year, the line to see who has the best wings, stretched for more than a block, if not two, and wing-lovers waited two hours to get in.
“We seem to be getting better at it each year,” said Red Star manager Eric Hall. “Practice makes perfect, right?”
He called the attendance this year, “spectacular.”
“We had 1,767 people through the doors, if you include vendors, their supporting casts, media and VIP guests,” he said, adding some people waited three hours to get in. “The very first person in line showed up at 12:15, and we didn't open the doors to the public until a little after 2 p.m.”
The event was sponsored by the East River Ferry, Yelp Brooklyn, Brooklyn Exposed and The Brooklyn Paper.
About 15 establishments from Bay Ridge to Bushwick participated.
“What made this year's event so satisfying, for me in particular, is that we were able to raise several thousand dollars for the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation,” Hall said. “It's a terrific cause that really helps people in need.”
The money was raised via contestant entry fees, the purchase of ballots, and additional on-site donations at the Atlas Foundation table.
The bar ended up raising over $3,000 for the foundation’s boxing program, “Atlas Cops & Kids,” which teaches inner-city children discipline and self-respect through boxing.