By Bobby Panza
Amid the pandemic in 2020, a cherished tradition of the Upper West Side came to an abrupt halt: the beloved all-you-can-eat wings on Mondays at Blondies, the popular sports bar on West 79th Street.
Subsequently, Blondie’s attempted to fill the void left by the absence of the all-you-can-eat option, which cost roughly $20 plus tax, with various chicken-wing specials, from the $20 deal for 20 wings, to the offer of $1 per wing with a minimum order of 10. However, patrons agreed: it simply wasn’t the same. The excitement and satisfaction that once characterized the all-you-can-eat experience of this legendary sports bar on Mondays seemed to have faded away.
Hope is an emotion well-known at any good sports bar as fellow fans come together to root for the underdog or the five-game parlay. There was always hope that all-you-can-eat Mondays would come back. And sure enough, in 2023, they did.
On Monday, November 20, WSR visited Blondie’s during a perfect storm of Monday night action. The Kansas City Chiefs were playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, and the Knicks and red-hot Rangers were both in action as well. Blondie’s was rocking, with a wait to get a table.When we asked the hostess, she confirmed that all-you-can-eat-wings were back and had been for awhile, at $24.99.
Jason Pierce, 39, from San Diego, had already devoured 16 wings when we spoke with him. A Buffalo native, he swears by wings from Anchor Bar, his hometown favorite. Pierce used to live on the Upper West Side before landing a job out west, and now, visiting his friend Peter, they both indulged in their shared history of devouring wings at Blondie’s while catching up and enjoying some sports.
“I think they’re better normal nights,” Pierce remarked, noting that the wings were “a little too crispy, lacking the fall-off-the-bone situation.” Despite this, he devoured his share of Blondie’s wings that evening. He also recommended trying Tomcat Bar & Grill, asserting that they serve the best wings in San Diego.
The Rag also caught up with 17-year-old Brian Quinn, who reminisced about the old method Blondie’s used for making garlic wings — a savory concoction laden with chopped garlic, emitting an aroma reminiscent of the garlic fries at Yankee Stadium. This Rag reporter concurred that Blondie’s former garlic-wings recipe surpassed the current rendition. Hope lingered in the air for a revival of the classic recipe. “I made them better,” said Blondie’s owner, Jill Homorodean, in response. Homorodean was extremely busy working the packed house and couldn’t chat for long
As the Rangers and Knicks faced tough defeats, Eagles fans filled the air with their fight song after staging a big-time comeback against the Chiefs. Their stout defense and unique brotherly-shove strategy proved instrumental in the prime-time victory.
More great news for Blondie’s fans! The kitchen is now open until midnight, extending its hours from 10 p.m. This means more time to savor their array of wing flavors, including hot, honey mustard, barbecue, honey barbecue, and garlic.
Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend!
For more information visit Blondie’s website here.
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