Start doling out the bragging rights: the best chicken wings in Brooklyn are made at Super Wings in Crown Heights.
The Union Street shop, owned by Trinidad native Colette Burnett, plucked the feathers of 13 other restaurants at the first annual “Best Chicken Wings in Brooklyn” contest on Saturday at Red Star in Greenpoint.
Super Wings won the crown with its “Ginger Buff with Lava Sauce” wing, a unique Caribbean-influenced body part that mixed vinegar, ginger and tamarind, yet retained the essential crunchiness and juiciness of America’s favorite bar snack.
“I’ve always loved wings,” said Burnett, who beat such giants in the fowl world as the Atomic Wings chain, Kettle Black from Bay Ridge and the wing with the home-coop advantage, Red Star. “Most of the wings here, though, don’t have any kind of Caribbean element, so we thought we’d give people new flavors and try something different.”
Being different was, indeed, the difference, judges said afterwards.
“Look, there were a lot of great wings here, but very few competitors went beyond the standard appendage,” said Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman, one of the judges. “But Super Wings brought its A game. Who needs Buffalo wings when we have their Brooklyn wings?”
Borough President Markowitz presented Burnett with a trophy topped with a golden bird.
“Marty loved our wings,” said Burnett. “We’re sending him a platter on Monday.”
Of course, Monday is a holiday and Borough Hall will be closed, but the delivery crew from Super Wings should be aware that our office is just a block away — and we’ll be ready to receive the Beep’s lunch.
Super Wings NY [1218 Union St. at Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, (718) 467-8737].