First Taste: Hurricane Grill & Wings in Hartdale

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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?

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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.

3 Comments

  1. foodiemom10583 on

    We’ve been there a few times. Yes, the Parmesan-garlic fries are fabulous. The wings and boneless wings were small and subpar. The texture was off on both: The wings were mushy and stringy, while the boneless chunks were spongy and dry, like badly-fried tofu. The sauces were okay, but everything that was not a Buffalo-style sauce seemed waaaay too sweet. The grilled fish in the fish tacos was burnt to a crisp (not blackened, just black, dry, and carbonized). My first bite pulled out a long strip of inedible charred fish. I requested a citrus-based sauce and instead they were topped with honey mustard, not my favorite fish condiment. We felt the best things were the burgers. They were big and juicy, the buns were fresh, and the toppings were crisp and yummy. If we hadn’t gotten a burger and those magical fries on our first visit, we never would’ve gone back.

  2. If you want wings, Candlelight is right down the street. The rest of the menu is subpar. Funny thing is, this place will probably survive, when other great places will close (Viru, Churassco, etc.). Go figure.

  3. We went there last night – all in all we had a very nice time. They have Captain Lawrence on tap which is good. We got the bone-in wings – I find that the boneless wings in most places are just nasty. Wings were a tad fatty but the skin was nice and crispy. My only issue was the stingy amounts of blue cheese and ranch dressing they gave us – my husband had to ask for more blue cheese 4 times. Fries were really good.

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