Right after college friends’ Dan Levya ’14, Kevin Mok ’14, Raunak Nirmal ’14 and Mike Wang graduated from Cornell and moved to New York City, their dream was to bring their favorite Cornell restaurant into their adult lives and open a Wings Over branch in The City. After several events — restaurant closings and openings and franchise takeovers — they are now business partners and in charge of the entire Wings Over corporation.
It’s basically a ritual for newly arrived, over-eager freshmen: Flock into Collegetown on a blustery weekend night and live it up in one of the many fraternity annexes surrounding Eddy Street. After we’ve had our fill, this sizable portion of the Cornell population stumbles back to Collegetown’s late-night cafes and restaurants, exhausted and ravenous from a long day of studying and partying.
I was lucky enough to have a taste at their pre-opening, and their wings are as succulent and crispy as ever. If you’re one of the unfortunate people who have never tried their wings, you are in for a treat, because they certainly exceed those of any other restaurant in Collegetown.
Like every socio-cultural festival that litters the calendar year, Valentine’s Day creates several categories of people, divided by their enthusiasm, or lack thereof, for this occasion. Here’s my humble foodie advice to each category.