This Sunday, New York fans will be dusting off their Gang Green and Big Blue jerseys for NFL season openers as the Jets face the Buccaneers and the Giants take on the Cowboys. And nothing goes better with pigskin than a generous portion of chicken wings.
Bayard’s Ale House, a proper West Village pub, has developed a cultish following for its flavorful flappers ($9.75). The secret: fresh– never frozen — chicken parts, simply seasoned with salt and pepper, then fried. They are then tossed in the pub’s proprietary sauce, a riff on the classic Buffalo (hot sauce, melted butter, vinegar, garlic) “with a few secret curveball ingredients,” quips Bayard’s publican, Matthew Moran. Nine pieces, sublimely tangy, generously meaty and expertly crisped come with the expected garnishes of carrots, celery, house-made blue cheese sauce and plenty of wet-naps. There’s also an equally good barbecue option, slightly sweet and mostly smoky.
Opened in 2007, Bayard’s is the quintessential neighborhood watering hole, airing football of all cultures (English Premier League fans are especially welcome) while serving solid pub food and pouring 20 beers on tap. The bar is also a neighborhood favorite for its trivia night, the last Sunday of every month, while Mondays are an even bigger draw for the fans of the wings, which are on special at 50 cents a piece, all day, whether there’s a game on or not.
Bayard’s Ale House
533 Hudson St.