On a chilly December evening I headed up 113th Street to the grand opening of the newest location of Atomic Wings on Frederick Douglass Avenue. As I entered the double doors I took notice of the clean surroundings that included a twin row of tables, a counter with two computers available for paid Internet access, and a separate lounge area with one of three flat screen TV monitors.
I was warmly greeted by Ra-Fael Blanco of 2Rs Entertainment who instantly put me at ease by offered me something to drink while I waited for the featured star of the evening — the wings.
While I waited for my wings, I had a chance to chat briefly with Adam Lippin, the founder of Atomic Wings. The Harlem location is the latest in his growing collection of franchise locations, and the second largest in the chain.
I sat with TV personality and pop culture commentator Patrick Riley who was attending the event with friends Anthony and Manivone. We caught up on his recent projects and pop culture until the wings arrived. Patrick ordered the mild wings, Anthony and I tried the jerk wings, and Manivone went full throttle with the Suicidal.
Everyone enjoyed their wings. Patrick said the mild still had a slight tinge of spice to it. Manivone said the suicidal was hot, but not too hot. I really enjoyed the jerk wing which was a nice balance of spicy and sweet. Unfortunately they were a little too spicy for Anthony, but he still managed to finish them.
In addition to the fact that the wings are extremely flavorful, I also like the fact that they have a good amount of meat on them. A single order of wings gives you 10 wings for $7.99.
What makes Atomic Wings so great is that they aren’t just a wing place. If you happen to be hanging out with friends and they want wings, you aren’t stuck with deciding whether you want teriyaki flavor or buffalo. Atomic Wings offers salads, nachos, burgers, chili, Chicken Littles, vegetarian options, and soup.
And when I say soup I don’t mean your straight out of the can Campbell’s variety either. Atomic Wings serves up a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup with real chicken for $3.50 a cup or $5.00 a bowl. I highly recommend getting the bowl.
The restaurant is waiting for their wine and beer license. They anticipate being the best place in Harlem for football fans who want to watch the game while chowing down on wings and washing them back with a cold beer. They also offer free delivery for orders of $10.00 and up.
I had a chance to sit down with one of the co-owners for a Q&A session. You can read our interview on the 26th.
2090 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026
Monday – Sunday: 11am to 11pm
All Major Credit Cards Accepted