"In 1989, young entrepreneur Adam Lippin had a craving for red-hot,
scorching-piquant chicken wings, but couldn't find a decent sample south
of Buffalo, N.Y. So he headed to the source to learn the intricate
secret recipe at two Buffalo institutions, Duff's and the Anchor Bar.
Upon his return, Lippin opened Atomic Wings, and its winning combination
of sports, beer, and grub for hungry happy-hour patrons has become a
fiery neighborhood favorite. Wings come in six degrees of spicy: If
you're sane, get them mild, medium or hot; if you're adventurous or
plain crazy, order the abusive, nuclear, or suicidal. As Lippin's
wing-munching regulars become evermore moneyed, he dressed up the menu
with a decent Caesar salad and fresh gazpacho, and opened a swanky
Tribeca outpost in the spring of 2007, in a stylish Thad Hayes design.
But don't let the sleek decor and fancy artisanal beers fool you.
Atomic's greatest success lies in the foolproof wings and reliable
service: Food arrives within 20 minutes of ordering-hot, spicy, and
- Jessica Romm
Atomic Wings (Multiple Locations) - "Only once a month my wife gets mad at me... when I order
atomic wings and a root beer. Might not be the healthiest
choice, but sitting there, eating these wings, and answering
viewer's emails is as close as it gets to nirvana on a
Wednesday at 11 pm."
"We have every reason to believe that Buffalo natives will find
these radiation-orange wings totally acceptable and fully
satisfying. One, because a team of female football players
tested a hell of a lot of NYC wings for us and said so. And two,
because the ones here are a big, sloppy, wicked-hot, deep-fried
mess, served at every level of intensity (mild to hot for the
sane diner; abusive to suicidal for the less so). Of course,
this is sit-on-your-ass food, so Atomic Wings gets extra points
for having five convenient locations (with delivery)."
eHow's "Best Chicken Wing Restaurants
in New York":
"Atomic Wings is a chain of restaurants exclusive to New York
that specializes in the classic fried Buffalo variety of
chicken wings. Although the chain is based in the city, the
six locations found throughout the five boroughs get their
wings from the Buffalo region in upstate New York and
prepared in the same fashion that made the sauce and city
famous. The Atomic Wings menu features simple American
dishes with their famous wings in an array of heats and
styles on offer."
Atomic Wings has opened a Park Slope location, the first of the
chain's forays outside of central Manhattan (locations are also
coming to Harlem and Jersey City). This is a primo step up -
check out the leather (and hopefully grease- and
hot-sauce-resistant) club chair. Plus there are four large
flat-screens fully loaded with Pay-Per-View's NFL Ticket
package, and Internet stations so you can hit up
some porn, dude!!!! catch up on your reading of
the National Review.
Atomic Wings take flight with Heights Pizza in Darien
"Connecticut fans of great pizza and chicken wings can rejoice. We can sample our favorite comfort foods in Darien, courtesy of Aldo Criscuolo, owner of Heights Pizza in Darien, and Adam Lippin, owner of the famous New York chicken wings franchise, Atomic Wings."
"Atomic Wings, New York's buffalo chicken wings franchise, has partnered with CAR's Delivery, the late-night sandwich restaurant at 150 Valley Road in Montclair, to create its first location outside of New York."
"Atomic Wings, New York’s buffalo chicken wings franchise, has partnered with CAR’s Delivery, the late-night sandwich restaurant at 150 Valley Road in Montclair, to create its first location outside of New York."
"Right off of Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach, Big City
Burgers has been drawing local residents who say they are
thrilled to see something new and different in the area. As
soon as you walk inside, there is an aroma of fresh, juicy
burgers and sizzling wings wafting from the kitchen."
Atomic Wings in Harlem turns a page... for the better
"..we can confirm, Atomic Wings, which reopened May 13, is
not anything like it was before. We know. We use to go
there. Atomic Wings in Harlem has started a new chapter and
it is definitely for the better."
Renovated, Re-energized 311 Broadway is Wowing Customers Again!
The food was deliciously tasty above my expectations and now
i know the reason why there was so many people lined up
there. I ordered one hot wings although i wanted to try
nuclear but i kept it for next time so that i will have a
reason which will force me to come back :)
- Sasha F
Their fries and wings are amazing, very clean and spacious place with free pool.
- Christina R.
These wings are big, meaty, crispy, and have great flavor, even when ordered mild.
Nice place for small gathering.
- Rachel F.
The servers are friendly and fast. I love the way they come
to greet at the door. The servers made me feel special.
- Samantha C.
The ambiance was amazing with an awesome staff and an
atmosphere that was simply breath taking. As for the wings
they are to die for.
- Dennis M.
The best wings I have ever eaten, their sauces are beyond
expectations and service above all.
- Irene S.
Atomic Wings Delivery Man Spotted on The Job
by the New York Times
"Bicyclists in boots and backpacks glided effortlessly on
Tuesday along a milky green path of controversy, although
few stopped to discuss it.
Next to Prospect Park, opposite elegant brownstones and
brick apartments, young mothers pushed strollers on the
sidewalk, and fathers carried infants dangling from Baby
Bjorn carriers. Dog-walkers by the dozens streamed out
of the park, and an occasional tights-clad cyclist
exited after doing laps.
Three men got into a car in the newly fashioned parking
island next to the bike lane and one shouted in off-color
language that it was time to get rid of the lane. An Atomic
Wings delivery man wearing a fluorescent orange vest zoomed
alone up the lane on a mountain bike while two Time Warner
Cable trucks double-parked, leaving only one lane of traffic
The Bar-Coastal wing [by Atomic Wings] is crispy, meaty,
big and exploding with delicious flavor. Most wing places
just use something like Frank's Red Hot with a couple of
other drippings, which makes for a classic hot wing sauce.
But that isn't how it's done here. These wing sauces are
made practically from scratch right in their kitchen. The
flavors dance around in your mouth like a drunken Leprechaun
The crowd fave, again, were the Jerk BBQ, which had a smoked
black pepper accent and a heat that lingered. They're
amazing but, they don't count towards the Wing-Off
competition. In this particular instance, that didn't matter
because the Mediums and Hots were right on the money with
temperature, flavor, taste, size and quality.
Pricing is decent here, especially for Manhattan. You can get
20 wings for $15.49 and as pictured above you can split it
10/10 so you and a partner can both get what you want in
terms of bone or boneless and degree of spiciness. The wings
are substantial, certainly not wimpy, and the sauce is a
good consistency--not too thin nor too dry.
Waffle fries made a good couple with the wings and you get a
generous portion with gravy or cheese dipping sauce for a
minimal extra cost of $0.75. Atomic Wings serves alcohol too
and has a decent happy hour. A good place to hang and eat
food that is, for the most part, bad for you. The servers
are very congenial as well, which is always a plus. I've
never had to wait in line either, it seems like a very calm
place--good for conversation.
Quick Bites | Jersey City
"Some of the Buffalo wings at Atomic Wings in Jersey City
are fiery hot, as you might expect, but others are sticky
sweet. There's a wide spectrum of spice at this franchise of
the New York City chain, which also serves chicken fingers,
nachos, wraps and burgers, among other items."
CBS News says: "They're spicy but sweet, crispy yet luscious - tasty
bits of poultry that no Super Bowl party should ever be
without. But chicken wing lovers have a bone to pick,
because the price of chicken wings is soaring."
Generation Hip Hop on the Atomic Wings in Harlem
"...the wings were bomb. They have a ton of sauce
selection, which range from mild to suicidal. ATF suggest
that all you fab readers check out Atomic Wings in Harlem.
It's really worth it!"
A Little Taste of Home I moved to the city almost a year ago and the one thing I miss about my hometown
(Niagara Falls/Buffalo) are the wings! Atomic Wings is the only place in NYC that
comes the closest to the wings in Buffalo. Highly recommended!!!
- Posted by GeeBee23 on 03/18/2007
Best in The City Ever since the new ownership in July 2007 this place has really started to excel.
They renovated the place and the wings are the best in NYC. Surprisinly enough the
Burgers are pretty good as well especially with the BBQ or Jerk BBQ sauce.
- Posted by Kevin C on 02/20/2008
WOW - Exceeded Expectations Atomic Wings is great. Truly a rare find. If you don't want typical fast food and you
don't want to spend $15.00 for lunch - RUN to Atomic Wings for terrific burgers (I
swear - best in city) amazing fries, homemade daily soups - my favorite is their
"Crab Chowder" Friendly service - clean, spotless Restaurant - Only gets better and
- Posted by Neil the Man on 03/17/2008
Good Day New York
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Making Wings with NY Giants' Tiki Barber
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Ordered a double order of wings and large wafer fries
with cheese sauce and order arriver hot, crispy and
perfect 10 minutes later. amazing...
posted by wing lover on 04/27/2007
To me, finding crispy wings are like trying
to find a flattering article written about Britney
Spears. The two don't exist. However - Atomic Wings
has proven me wrong. I always order wings with sauce
on the side so I can control the hotness, and Atomic
Wings takes crispiness one step further. They deliver
wings with tin foil lining the styrofoam container, so
they have crackly skin and juicy meat every time.
Their wafer fries are not to be missed, with thick
"this is going straight to my hips" cheese.
I'm a wimp with spice, so I have no clue just how hot
their sauces are as I order mild each time. Delivery
is always quick but they're nice to give you a head's
up if they're really busy. Location at 60th and 2nd
is great, too.
posted by Randi S. on 04/04/2007
Jessica Simpson, eat your heart out: This popular
wings spot sports no buffalo meat -- just eight
scrumptious varieties of Buffalo (as in the city
upstate where they originated) chicken wings. Catering
to the true connoisseur, these wings are prepared the
same way as at the Anchor Bar, where they originated
in 1964. If you believe yourself to be sane, stick
with the mild, medium or hot varieties. For the true
masochist, however, there are the "abusive,"
"nuclear," or "suicidal" versions. Or just eschew the
hot spice altogether and get honey-mustard or barbecue
wings. For lighter fare, the Chicken Littles are not
fried and are jazzed up with everything from
horseradish dip to sweet-and-sour sauce. Also on the
menu are grilled-chicken-breast sandwiches and burgers
(including veggie varieties). And unlike other
Manhattan joints, wafer-style fries actually come with
review by Ashley Lederer
I was skeptical at first - but I was so happily
suprised at how great the food is here. Really freshly
made and well presented. Atomic Wings is that rare
chain that makes you feel that you discovered this
secret gem. I have eaten at the place many times and
have gotten delivery a few times and I have never been
disappointed. Service is always friendly, delivery is
always quick and food is always hot and perfect.
posted by David on 07/18/2007
these guys have the best wings ever. went in for their
'suicidal' level of hotness, and even though i was
returning to their water cooler every bite, i couldn't
help but finish...
Pros: quick delivery, friendly servers
Cons: suicidal hotness is... well, suicidal
posted by redeemthewalrus on 12/06/2006
Ohhhhh boy! We can't express the excitement and craving that we
now have knowing that finally Brooklyn has its very own Atomic
Wings. We've envied Manhattanites for the longest time... hell,
even Jersey City had one! But now, we can saunter down onto 9th
St between 5th and 6th Avenues and get ourselves a bucket of
Nuclear wings, lock ourselves away with a case of beer and just...
ok, maybe just one order of wings to start. But now we can go
Atomic and not even have to leave our beloved borough!