Just in time for the Super Bowl, I’m finally getting a chance to post my photos from a trip to Hurricane a few weeks back. The chain, which started in Fort Pierce, Fla. in 1995, now has more than 40 locations — and this is the first in New York.
Just as I was scratching my head when I first learned Frankie & Fanucci’s pizza place was opening across the street from the venerable Sal’s Pizza in Mamaroneck, I wondered how a wing place would do so close to the famous Candlelight Inn in Greenburgh.
Well, in both cases, there’s not even a comparison. Frankie & Fanucci’s serves thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza — whole (my blog post is coming soon!); while Sal’s is a great example of your typical New York slice. And Candlelight — as you can see from my visit last winter — is a terrific pub serving delicious Buffalo-style wings in a no-frills setting; while Hurricane is a beach-themed chain restaurant that parmesans a nice fry, but doesn’t hold, if you’ll excuse the expression, a candle to the candlelight.
That’s not to say you won’t enjoy a stop at Hurricane. Like I said, those fries are killer — and they really are “parmesan-ed,” along with lots of garlic, too. And what’s cool about hurricane (besides the fact that you can pretend you’re on a tropical beach —
— is that there are more than 30 different flavors of sauce you can choose for your wings. More on that, after the jump.
Each of the sauces falls under the category of its spiciness:
Category 1: Mild & Sweet
Category 2: Warming Trend
Category 3: Ready for the Rush
Category 4: Proceed with Caution
Category 5: Seek Shelter
The ones in the photo at the top of this post are boneless wings, with Thai Ginger (category 2) and Ancho Chili-Lime (category 3) sauce, Parmesan-Garlic Fries and Cole Slaw. Below, you’ll see the wings (with bones) in the Fire & Ice (3) and Medium Hurricane (2) Sauce:
The wings are meaty and the meat is juicy, and I did like the sauce. But the problem for me with these wings was the skin. Just not crisp enough.
I was a fan of the decor, though. A little cheesey, a little fun and all in all a comfortable space. Thatched umbrellas over tables, bleached wood bar and nautical decorations such as lanterns, nets and surfboards:
For the Super Bowl, the restaurant is only open in the evening — and by reservation only. There’s a special all-you-can-eat buffet with wings, salads, nachos and other dishes, and all-you-can-drink domestic beer and well drinks.
The 411 is coming. Til then: Hurricane Grill and Wings, 149-51 So. Central Park Ave., Hartsdale. 914-397-9464, hurricanewings.com/hartsdale/
So have you been? What do you think?