PARK Restaurant & Bar is the newest member of the esteemed Grafton Group restaurant family which consists of the nearby Russell House Tavern, Grafton Street Pub, and Temple Bar. Located on JFK St. in bustling Harvard Square, PARK’s vibe is the neighborhood bar and restaurant of today, offering new interpretations of classic American fare with interesting libations.
Being fans of the other restaurants in the Grafton Group family, we were excited to try the confit chicken wings with sambal and honey glaze on PARK’s menu. We’ve never seen sambal, a spicy Indonesian condiment made up primarily of red chilies, fish sauce, and garlic, used on chicken wings before.
The unique wings arrived to our table and we couldn’t help but savor the delicious Asian flavors that danced on our tongue with each bite. The wings were crispy, salty, spicy and sweet all at the same time, with just enough heat to make the back of your mouth tingle.
With the ever perennial favorite BonChon so close by, you might not go out of your way for the wings at PARK, but should you find yourself there enjoying a cocktail with a group of friends, do us a favor and order the wings. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
This week, we headed out to the wild west to the famed restaurant that is Hangar Pub and Grill aka the original Wings Over (Amherst). The Hangar is an addition to the typical Wings Over takeout/delivery store. As you step inside, it seemingly appears to be your typical UMass restaurant/bar with college kids coming in and out on the regular. With almost 30 stores nationally, we had to see what the hype was all about.
With over 20 flavors to choose from and both traditional wings and boneless tenders (i.e. faux wings), there’s surely something here for even the pickiest of eaters. Wings Over uniquely names their different wing portions as different types of aircraft and since we are hardcore puddle jumper enthusiasts, we ordered the “Puddle Jumper” in Cajun BBQ and Buffalo (Level 3 – “Red Alert”) with a side of onion rings.
Being a joint that is dedicated to chicken wings, the bar was set high and the wings did not disappoint. Overall, these guys make a good all-around wing. Although, we can’t claim that these are the best wings we’ve ever had, we could not find any weaknesses. The wing is crispy, the sauce is flavorful, and the chicken is fresh – delicious.
If you’re looking for a solid, dependable wing, look no further. Our only disclaimer is that we are reviewing based on the eat-in location and are not reviewing the takeout/delivery service.