NY Firehouse Grille may be strewn with firefighter regalia, but no one’s coming to your rescue if you try the hottest, “Waiver Wings.” To order them, you have to sign a waiver regarding the “…ingestion and/or contact of any bodily part or organ”(shudder). The waiver ends with “LET’S EAT!!” Pausing to say grace is optional.
Fear not, there’s plenty else to choose from at this Elmsford offshoot of a popular Peekskill restaurant. Fifty wing flavors, from PB&J to hot bourbon and jerk, pack heat ranging from False Alarm to HazMat. “Wing it” brings the surprise wings du jour. Sriracha honey wings were juicy and crispy, but doing my duty as a first responder, I ordered the $2 side of Waiver Sauce—which doesn’t require a waiver! (Pardon me, waiter, there’s a loophole in my lunch).
Keep other foods on standby: house-smoked ribs and brisket, house-made bacon, a delicious French dip sandwich made with rib-eye steak. People were getting Kickin’ Chicken (chicken cutlet sandwich with bacon, cheddar, pepper jack, bell peppers, and chipotle mayo), build-your-own burgers, and huge bowls of salad. House-made chips serve as a tasty base for Irish nachos (piled with oddly mediocre firehouse chili). Everything from spring rolls to shrimp scampi makes an appearance on the menu, but if you want to take up another dare, try the Wolverine: a wedge topped with buffalo chicken, pulled pork, bacon, onion rings, mac ‘n’ cheese, and tiger sauce.
Liquid extinguishers include a Fireman’s Iced Tea cocktail made with veteran-owned Heroes Vodka, 12 draft beers (Honey Blueberry from local Bull & Barrel is a favorite I don’t often find), wine, and Old Brooklyn Cream Soda.
I gingerly dipped a celery stick into the Waiver Sauce. Stop, drop, and roll! With a 10 percent dine-in discount for firefighters, police, active military, EMT/paramedics, and teachers, there may be help around—but don’t count on it.