January 11, 2011

Tracks Raw Bar and Grill

Located in the LIRR terminal of Penn Station
7th Ave. between 31st and 33rd Streets

Thanks to LIRR service cuts, I literally ran to track 18 in time to watch the 8:19 depart and had to wait an hour for the next train.  Bad enough I was working on a Saturday, now I was stuck in Penn Station. But, I decided to turn a negative into a positive by planting my tuckus at Tracks to watch the game, eat some wings and enjoy a couple of adult beverages.

See the tracks around the plate?
Get it?
The wings were cooked beautifully. Buffalo would be proud. They had a very crispy shell while keeping the meat juicy and tender. They were also meaty and had a nice coat of sauce.  So far, so good.  The problem though was the sauce. It was too sweet. It wasn't quite Redemption or Johnny Famous sweet, but still too sweet for my taste.  It was kind of a shame because there were some good flavors. This was another case of a ketchup based sauce ruining both the flavors and the finely cooked wings. They came so close to being a good wing, but it's all in the sauce.

While I can't quite approve these wings, don't let that stop you from stopping at Tracks to kill some time waiting for your train.  It's always a friendly, inviting atmosphere and a perfect place to grab one last drink before you head home.  You can also try their famous raw oyster bar. It's their claim to fame but I've never tried it.  Next time I'll ask for that instead of the wings.


  1. Good review, Jody.
    I've never been disappointed with any place I have stopped into for a bite to eat, in the city.

    Although I am not a fan of wings ( just can't eat anything off a bone )I very much enjoy your blog. Have you tried for a column in a paper?

    Yes, I agree....it's all about the sauce!
    And yes, I noticed the train tracks on the plate....cute idea.

    What's next?

  2. Thank you! We're happy that you enjoy the blog. I never really thought about a column in a paper... I guess I don't really read them so they don't cross my mind... like listening to a cassette tape instead of my iPod, haha.

    We've got plenty more reviews on the hopper. If I could ever get some free time, we'll have a bunch of videos too. Hope you enjoy!