A historic buffalo wing chain straight from the source of Buffalo, New York is finally saucing up NYC. Anchor Bar — whose original owner Teressa Bellissimo is frequently credited with the invention of the buffalo-sauced chicken wing — opens today in Hell’s Kitchen, at 327 West 57th St. near Eighth Avenue.
This franchise outpost is going hard on the company’s sports bar vibes in one section, with 150 seats and 20 big flat screen TVs. Memorabilia from the original restaurant, which dates back to 1935 and came up with the recipe in 1964, will be on the walls as well.
Wings, of course, are the thing to get here, available in classic mild, medium, or hot sauce. Other flavors like spicy garlic parmesan, honey garlic, and “suicide” can be slathered on the fried wings, too. A single order with 10 pieces costs $13.99. Classic sports bar appetizers are on the menu too, such as loaded fries, onion rings, and mozzarella sticks. For those who don’t want to just gorge on wings, options such as spaghetti, strip steak, wedge salad, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza also fill out the menu.
The company has 10 other locations across the U.S. and Canada, growth fueled by the buffalo wing origin story, though a 1980 Calvin Trillin piece in the New Yorker says that the creation story is less clear cut. Regardless, Anchor Bar indeed was a huge driver in popularizing the wing, propelling the dish into a national icon.
Anchor Bar Hell’s Kitchen is now daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the full menu below.