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Got NFL playoffs? New York Buffalo Wings & Ribs has the goods Phillip Brents | Tue, Jan 21 2014 02:14 PM

I can’t stop raving about New York Buffalo Wings & Ribs. With no offense to anyone, it has to be among the best new eateries to open in the downtown area of Chula Vista in the last year.

Locally owned, the newest store (333 H St., Suite 1025) opened in October 2013. Business has steadily picked up during its first three months of operation.

For lunch on Tuesday, the customer line went from the cash register to the door and every table was filled.

Customers obviously like the product. We do, too.

“So far, so good,” general manager Robert Sandez said. “From November sales to December sales, it’s increased.”

Flatly stated, the baby back ribs put virtually all sit-down family-style restaurants to shame. The meat is exceptionally tender and easily cuts with a plastic knife. The honey barbecue sauce? Well, it’s an instant palate pleaser.

The ribs (which can be ordered in half-rack or full-rack portions) and the Buffalo chipotle fries have quickly become customer favorites, according to Sandez.

This is the sixth New York Buffalo Wings & Ribs restaurant in San Diego County and the second in Chula Vista (263 E. Orange Ave.). There is also a restaurant in Imperial Beach (1515 Palm Ave.) and one restaurant in Tijuana.

Specialties include wings, boneless chicken tenders, ribs, salads and breadsticks.

During the NFL playoffs, the newest location has been a hit with fans hosting home viewing parties.

“It was a 30- to 40-minute wait this past Sunday (for the Chargers game against Denver on TV),” Sandez said. “For the Super Bowl, it’s going to kill us but in a good way.”

Customers can choose from 10 sauces: mild, medium, chipotle, original hot, very hot, atomic hot, honey barbecue, sweet and sour, teriyaki and lemon pepper.

The medium and hot sauces go especially well with the chicken tenders and the ranch and blue cheese dipping sauces allow diners to soothe their taste buds.

Wings and tenders can be ordered separately or in combos.

Quick combos include drink, fries or breadsticks, dressing and vegetables (celery and carrot sticks) and come in three sizes: three tenders ($5.99), five tenders ($7.99) and 10 tenders ($14.99). Wings are sold in five pieces ($6.29) and 10 pieces ($10.99).

A regular salad costs $6.99 and includes dressing, bread sticks and drink. A large salad costs $8.99 and is a meal in itself. The Greek salad and Buffalo chicken salads have become early favorites among customers.

Planning a party? Don’t be afraid to super-size.

Family-size combos come with 25 wings ($25.99), 25 tenders ($35.99), 12 wings and 12 tenders ($29.99) and 25 wings and 25 tenders ($56.99). All family-size combos include 12 breadsticks, fries, dressing, vegetables and two-liter soda.

An order of 50 wings costs $43.50; an order of 100 wings costs $85.99.

Combos can also include ribs, wings and/or tenders.

Sandez said students at Chula Vista High School who have a straight A-plus average on their report cards may come in for a free order of regular chipotle fries.

Hours at the new H Street location are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Call 934-5753 or visit www.nywingsandribs.com.

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