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These Are the Sweet and Sticky Winners of Our Third Annual Wingfest


Despite a little rain earlier in the day, Empire City Casino was once again blessed with perfect weather for our Third Annual Wingfest celebration! We know all you care about is who won big and who ran home crying like the sky was falling, so let’s delve into it!


Judges’ Choice Winners

A curated selection of the most daring, honed, and risk-taking wings in competition, chosen by our esteemed panel of local food experts.


Best BBQ Wing

New York Firehouse Grille, Peekskill

Photo by Tiffany ​Masotti


Best Buffalo

The Rare Bit, Dobbs Ferry

Photo by Tiffany Masotti


Most Flavorful

Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, New Rochelle & Mamaroneck for their Smoked Wing with Alabama White Sauce

Photo by Dave ​Zucker


Most Creative

The Rye Roadhouse, Rye for their Crispy Thai Basil wing

Photo by Dave Zucker



People’s Choice Winners

1st Place

Smoked Wing — Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, New Rochelle & Mamaroneck

Photo by Dave ​Zucker


2nd Place

Buffalo Molasses Jumbo Wing — Southern Table, Pleasantville

Photo by Tiffany Masotti


3rd Place

Nashville Hot Wings — New York Firehouse Grille, Peekskill


Rounding out the Top Ten were:

4th — Garlic parmesan Wings — The Blind Rhino
5th — Honey Lavender Jerk Wings — North End Tavern
6th — Mango Jerk Chicken Wings — The Pub at Empire City Casino
7th — Street Wings — The Wooden Spoon
8th — Soy garlic Double Dried Wings — Cravwings
9th — Hot Teriyaki Garlic Parm Wings — Rudy’s Food Sports & Entertainment
10th — Grilled Spicy Hoisin Wings — Coals Pizza


We’re also giving a shout-out to our wing eating competition returning champion, Conor Power, who joined this year’s contest at the last minute and my a one-wing margin ate his way to a second victory! Can he return next year for the three-peat? We’ll see!