Randy's Wing Bar

Restaurants, American Hackney Wick
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The chicken wing street food specialists in permanent digs.

Bin off Google Maps: Randy’s Wing Bar has such a new address, at Hackney Wick’s Here East complex, that it won’t show up on a GPS map. But with its lip-smacking, chicken feast of a menu racking up the digital ‘likes’, it is unlikely that it will be off the foodie map for long.

Like many of the capital’s coolest fledgling restaurants, this place began life as a street food concept. The enthusiastic duo behind the operation, Richard Thacker and Andy Watts (Rich + Andy = Randy) wanted to bring buffalo-style wings back from their US travels. Their success in doing so sees them cooking chicken extremities in five styles on their own premises. 

It’s like a modern ranch in here: industrial ducts on the ceiling meet weathered, wood-panelled walls. The summer months see doors moved side-on, seamlessly extending the dinky room. It’s symbolic that they should open up the restaurant, as the service is so welcoming. Staff at Randy’s want to ease you into having a good time. They bring food and drink to customers sitting on deckchairs on the grassy verge outside, packaging up leftovers and doling out cocktail suggestions with glee. I found a sharp mango spritz worked wonders with fast food.

Those eponymous wings come by the dozen. The Buffalo wings that make Randy’s name are served with a customary blue cheese dip. But the most popular option (we’re told) is the fiery Gangnam: Korean-fried wings, with a sweet, sticky glaze that’s hard not to get all over your chops. Not only do toppings vary, but so do cooking methods. The moist Bombay wings are baked then grilled, giving them a lightly charred flesh akin to what you’d get hot out the tandoor.  

Chicken burgers appear on the menu, but those wings are what’s worth making a feast of (especially from 6pm on Mondays, when wings are all you can eat for £12). Definitely order the crunchy, battered buffalo shrimp, further evidence these guys know their US grub. 

So, when you next find yourself in Hackney Wick, Randy’s, with its exceptional chicken treats and its all-American welcome, is well worth getting a little bit lost for.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Randy's Wing Bar
Contact:
Address: Here East, Canalside
Hackney Wick
London
E15 2GW
Transport: Overground: Hackney Wick
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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tastemaker

Absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend this restaurant for all chicken cravings!!! We ordered the Buffollo wings, the Cassablanca and the best BURGER around - THE BIG COCK - 12hr marinated fried chicken, brioche,

lettuce, pickles, Randy’s burger mayo, spicy

seasoned batter & South Western sauce. Yum!!!

If you like good chicken then this is the place to go! Plus the location is a beaut!!!! ♡

tastemaker

I like Randy's. I like the location, I like the decor, I like the vibe, I like the cocktails, I like the concept. I went on a wings challenge night which saw 2 Randy's wings up against 2 from Chuck Burger. So yes the wings. There was a Casablanca wing which was epic, the meat was confit esq soft, the sauce sticky and smokey yet with a hint of fruitiness. I loved this wing. I would happily just eat these wings. Forever.

The rest of the selection was nice enough but just not crispy. I struggle with a non crispy wing. Flaccid chicken skin is the reason I never like wings, until one fateful day I tried one Korean fried one and my life has gone downhill ever since. The battered choice on offer here was almost the opposite extreme. Thick crispy batter but not enough sauce so it didn't actually taste of anything.

The traditional buffalo wing fan will probably be happy here but I think I was just expecting more. I'll have to return on a non event day to try some other wing combos and maybe a burger. Until then I can highly recommend a Pear Mule, which was a completely unnecessary but wonderful accompaniment.

Tastemaker

A location that’s fairly off-the-beaten-track for many, with a glorious view over the canal, and a warm welcome and a cosy vibe. We trekked up to Randy’s Wing Bar for their signature £12 Monday all you can eat wing deal. It’s a pretty awesome offer – mix and match from three different wings (buffalo, glazed or Korean style), and get as many as you can handle within an hour and twenty minutes. The wings are rather delicious, although I could have been marginally happier with half the amount of sauce / marinade, but this could be a personal preference. Great and rather inventive drinks options (a pear mule including drops of sesame was a particular highlight). Service was smiley and super helpful, particularly as it involved continually replacing the essential face-dabbing kitchen roll and removing the rather macabre buckets of picked-clean bones. It loses a couple of points for me for fairly loud music (but I’m admittedly a bit of an old lady about these things.) Several big thumbs up for Randy’s Wing Bar!


I highly recommend the Buffalo and the Gangnam wings and the original burger! Oh and the cocktails were pretty special too. My favourite was the hard shake!


Don't have a bad word to say about this place. Beautiful interior, great service and a fantastic selection of beer. But the star of the show is obviously the wings. Having lived in the US I can tell you it isn't easy to find good buffalo wings in London...until now. Perfect destination for a long, boozy sunday lunch!




Tucked slightly off the beaten track within the HereEast project lies Randys Wing Bar. Recommended by friends as a must go to Restaurant for wing lovers, me and my family certainly weren't disappointed. The service was incredible, bar and restaurant was something out of shoreditch house and the food was fantastic!


I highly recommend the Buffalo and the Gangnam wings and the original burger! Oh and the cocktails were pretty special too. My favourite was the hard shake!


I will certainly be visiting again soon! 


Really great chicken wings! We had the Gangnam and the buffalo wings with the furious fries to share. The Gangnam wings had a really nice flavour however I found them a little sweet to have lots of them (you get 8 wings In a portion). For me, I could have had a little sourness in the sauce with the sweetness but they were still nice! The buffalo wings come with blue cheese on top but we had them without as we don't like blue cheese and they were great! Full of flavour and nice and spicy. The furious fries are cooked with buffalo sauce and come with feta and chilli. We had without the feta however we could have had them without the chillis as the fries themselves were really tasty! The restaurant was really accommodating despite our fussiness which is always good to see! The food was great and we need to go back to try the other wing flavours!

Tastemaker

Been wanting to go to this place after talking to the owners after the Hackney Half. Lover of all things chicken wings, we of course went for chicken wings! My coworker had the Rhubarb Rose mule and thoroughly enjoyed it when I stuck to an Old Fashioned. We had Buffalo, Gangham, Bombay, and Hanoi. We really enjoyed the Hanoi and Bombay wings. The flavours were amazingly good, with the wings themselves large and moist. Buffalo wings could have been a bit crispier and always always have some sauce on the side!


Staff were very friendly and attentive. It was a Thursday and was pretty slow, but I can imagine on a nice sunny day when the canal is kickin the place can get quite packed.

tastemaker

Slotted in between the newest branch of the Breakfast Club and Mele & Pere sister restaurant 'Gotto Trattoria' I stopped by Randy's a couple of days after opening a little earlier on this year. Randy's has been an ever-present part of pop-up and street food establishment for the last three years, and now they've finally got keys to their own place amongst the cool kids in the new 'Here East' development between Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park.


I tried the buffalo bad boys a couple of years ago so thought I'd branch out a little this time and so opted for the Bombay-style wings. Admittedly described as 'mild Indian spiced' on the menu, I was still a little underwhelmed by the taste on offer here - the more traditional ones certainly packed more of a punch. The Kimchi-salt fries, however, went down well as an accompaniment.


I turned up on a slow, sunny Wednesday afternoon when the place was pretty empty, but service was quite slow (though it was still early days). A welcome addition to the area, but with room for improvement.


Ever since hearing about Randy's opening their own place we were desperate to visit, and it didn't disappoint. Going as a group meant we were able to order all the different wings and share them. 


The truffle blue cheese on the Buffalo really lifts the flavour and we loved it being drizzled over the top. The Korean inspired Gangnam looked and tasted great with the perfect amount of sweetness. The light batter on the Hanoi made a nice difference to the other wings on the menu and the fish sauce worked really well.


The service was great and very friendly and atmosphere built throughout the evening!

Tastemaker

Randy's is the newest addition to move into Hackney's Here East development. Overlooking a peaceful canal, Randy’s is the makings of Richard & Andy. Hence the name. (get it?)


Described as the place to get your hands on perfect wings in a range of 5 styles, which take inspiration from different world cuisines. Also available on the menu is an offering of Burgers and various sides to choose from.


After seeing a pic of the Hanoi chicken wings, I was sold purely on looks. But for me, the 'fried beer battered wings tossed in Vietnamese sauce' did not win me over. I felt that it lacked a depth of flavour and it needed a more rich coating of sauce. #GetSaucy


I really liked the American Buffalo wings I thought they tasted nice alongside the truffle blue cheese sauce. (The accompanying sauce needs to come on its own aside just being served with the chicken.) I also like the buffalo shrimp. Again it was a good shout.


The slaw and chicken scratchings with smoked sea sauce were a nice compliment to the meal.


Their cocktails were pretty tasty too. Craft beers & prosecco is also available if cocktails ain’t your thing.


Randy’s had a welcoming and great ambience in the place but the service was a little on the slow side. Our waiter Rosa was very attentive to us in the beginning but when it came to picking up the bill. We were left hanging for a rather long time. But she was back with a smile and took our payment.