Sometimes I do believe opposites are attracted to each other. Otherwise, how could you explain Dad Vivant’s obsession with anything chicken, more specifically fried chicken and chicken wings, and my total lack of interest in poultry? Had I known this in our courting days, his interest in such would have totally been a deal breaker. I guess talking over cocktails was far more interesting than talking over poultry and it was one of those conversations that came in (way) later on in our relationship. Lesson learnt.
That said, Dad Vivant’s obsession with this feathered animal has pushed him both to perfect his chicken cooking skills and to find the perfect chicken dish in this fair city. I, who like to eat, just tag along. Sometimes the preparation, presentation and flavors make me feel that, at some point in this life, even yours truly could order chicken. Not such luck. I try it, appreciate it when it’s well prepared but haven’t ordered chicken on my own accord yet. Anywhere we go there are always so many other interesting items to try before ordering chicken!
Dad Vivant heard that there was this little place in Park Slope, Bonnie’s Grill, that offers one of the best chicken wings in New York. Given that it was a sunny Easter Sunday, it seemed that all restaurants were packed with people having brunch, al fresco if possible. And having learned our lesson, we stayed clear of all nice/popular food establishments and made our way to the slope, with no fixed destination/expectation in mind.
We decided to give Bonnie’s a shot and luckily for us, even though they were quite crowded, we didn’t have to wait much. The decor is unassuming and vintage. The space is narrow and dominated by a long bar, where you can sit and watch the guys behind the counter grill burgers and prepare salads. There are a couple of tables in the front and a couple of tables in the back and that’s basically it.
The menu is pretty straightforward and they have a kids menu and highchairs to go with it. We ordered a burger, that came with a side of French fries and with the option of adding sautéed jalapeños to it, and the famous spicy chicken wings (the hotter ones, because we dare), that came with its blue sauce, celery and carrots. The burger was OK and it was definitely fun watching how they prepared it. The house expert on chicken said the wings were juicy and properly spiced, but wouldn’t go out of his way to get them.
Their single unisex bathroom is in the back and although ample, it doesn’t have a changing table.
278 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 12:00am