Heading to the Candlelight Inn in Scarsdale…


So I’m going for lunch today to the place that supposedly has the best wings in Westchester. I know this is shocking, considering I’ve been writing about food here for 10 years…. but I’ve NEVER BEEN.

So? Are there any special insider tips I should know? Tricks to ordering? Sleepers on the menu — besides the wings, I mean? Please let me know! I’ll be leaving in an hour or so …


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. get a few wings with the Hot-i-yaki sauce, mix of hot and teriyaki, im not a big buffalo sauce fan but this flavor is addicting

  2. But that’s the whole charm of the place–it’s a dive. However, good luck getting a table there at night–we call it Scarsdale’s most exclusive restaurant. Apart from great wings, the burgers are pretty good as well.

  3. Start with hot or very hot and BBQ mix, depending on your tolerance. Then finish with teriyaki/BBQ mix. Nice and sweet

  4. I agree Hot-i-yaki is the best!
    On a different note…what happened to Lago Di Como in Tarrytown? I was over there yesterday at MINT (great little provisions shop and they make a wonderful red lentil soup) and noticed it was closed. Any word on what happened or what is going to replace it?

  5. For best wings in Rockland, since we’re on Wings, I vote for O.V.I. in Nyack (Old Village Inn). Plump, juicy, large, homemade, (not those commercial brands) and always fresh, never frozen. (sorry – i sound like a commercial)

    Hey Liz: why dont you start a BEST OF Column for different restaurant foods in each Lower Hudson county you cover. Readers could vote. (I just did for Rockland wings)

  6. OVI is great! Another great spot in Rockland is Liberty’s in Tappan! Tons (ok maybe not tons but maybe like 20 or something, I recommend sticking with the classic hot) of different flavors and the wing is very meaty and crispy….very delish!

  7. I like Bailey’s wings best in the South Orangetown area. If you like heat, get a side order of their “screaming chicken sauce”. It’s super hot yet still flavorful. If you are into spicy food you will find this sauce addicting. On a recent visit it seems they may have changed the recipe a bit, but it’s still a good hot sauce. I don’t recommend getting your wings with the screaming chicken sauce cooked on, unless you are a masochist. When it’s on the side you can control just how much pain you want.

  8. I have to agree with Erin….Liberty’s in Tappan has, BY FAR, the best wings around. Perfectly cooked and meaty…every trip there i have at least 20.

  9. Liz, there seems to be interest in a reader poll best-of wings column? then best burger? best pizza? best cassoulet? best breakfast? etc

  10. Yes, Michael, that’s sounds fun! I’m working on it now… trying to find a few photos to go along with it. I’ll get something up next week!

  11. They’re not the best in Westchester. They’re the best anywhere! Hot/teriyaki mix is the best combo. They’re stingy with the bleu cheese so ask for extra.

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