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Charchaels Closes, License 2 Opens in Thornwood

vinouspleasure | May 22, 201211:38 AM

I liked the wings,dogs and family vibe at Charchaels in Thornwood. We stopped by this weekend only to find a new restaurant in its place. License 2 is offering much the same menu (wings, dogs, burgers), maybe at a slightly higher price point (but still inexpensive). The restaurants itself is a storefront with a counter looking out the window and 4-5 tables.

My son and I split an order of fries and hot Buffalo wings, extra crispy. The fries came first, nice and hot, perfectly fried but they used coated fries. It would be great if someone in the area would serve twice fried fries but that notwithstanding, we'd have preferred fresh cut fries.

The wings ($8 for 12) were perfectly cooked, generously sized and the sauce was assertively hot if not overly complex. I'd guess they're using a bottled blue cheese, in any case, it was very good. No carrots but they did give us some fresh cut celery. They also have a sandwich menu and I was intrigued that their meat comes from a specific deli in the bronx. I see a cheese steak sandwich in my future.

The new owner seems nice, a good staff of kids, still a good place to take a family if you're in the area.

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