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.
Rating: 3.5/5 cocks
Our second review brings us to Tavern at the End of the World on Cambridge St. in Charlestown. Truth be told, we were just looking for a place to play Stump trivia on a Sunday night, but we thought we’d get a wing review in too. Of the two wing choices on the menu, plain or Buffalo, we ordered the Buffalo. The name “plain” just sounds so unappealing. Our Buffalo wings came served with two carrot sticks a side of bleu cheese dressing for dipping.
Flavor: For the most part, they were falling off the bone tender, almost like they were slow cooked. However, a few seemed to be a bit more dry than the rest. A spicy Buffalo sauce was liberally drizzled over them after cooking.
Size: Medium in size, not too small, but large enough to ensure a proper grip on the way to your mouth.
Looks: Definitely looked homemade, and were not the uniformly shaped wings you might find at chain restaurants. This is a good thing.
Value: $9 for 10 wings. Factoring in the atmosphere, the service, and the clientele, they could have been cheaper. The friendly owner was slinging drinks behind the bar and also serving food. He was doing the best he could, but there should have been two or three of him. Had the service been quicker, the $9 would have been easier to stomach.
Overall: The wings were decently flavorful and had a spicy kick to them, but we have no compelling reason to rush back to eat them again.
Final Score: 6/10