Superwings, A Taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn

Superwings is the perfect destination to indulge in a taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn.

While in Trinidad, I had the chance to meet Colette Burnett, the Founder and CEO of Superwings. Upon my return to NYC, I interviewed Colette at her Superwings restaurant, located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Caribbean Inspired Wings

The Superwings menu offers several Caribbean flavored wings.  There is one flavor to represent each of the 16 different Caribbean islands. 14 of these flavors are permanent fixtures on the menu.  The other two are rotating “super special flavors.”  The tastes range covers everything from mild to super spicy and fruity to tangy.  Surprise flavors such as tamarind pop up now and then too.

 

Colette Burnett

Colette Burnett, the Founder and CEO of Superwings, is a native of Trinidad.   She and her team are constantly discovering different native Caribbean flavors they can mix with chicken wings.  Colette is full of enthusiasm about wings and loves to celebrate the best flavors of the Caribbean.

People visit Superwings from all over the world.  There is even a map on the wall where tourists sign their initials on the place of their origin.

 

Colette enjoys

“delighting guests with flavors that remind them of sunshine and beaches”

while also educating them about the diversity Caribbean cultures.  She does this through the expression of vibrant tropical flavors and other items on the menu.

 

Colette says her work is “heart work. Not hard work” and her team focuses on excellence everyday.

 

I asked Colette if chicken wings are popular in Trinidad.   They actually are not. However, she believes this is changing. People in the Caribbean who used to discard wings thinking they had little value compared to the rest of the chicken, are starting to follow the USA ‘wing is king’ mentality.

The Future of Superwings

The next step for Superwings is to bottle their sauces and to formulate an exportable sauce line that can be sold into supermarkets and on line.  Colette also likes the idea of having sauces available for guests who wish to take home these flavors and try cooking wings at home.

 

A pop-up Superwings in in East New York for the Spring of 2015 in the re New Lots Market through a partnership with ARTS East New York.

 

Footnotes:

 

Most requested wing flavor in NYC:

‘Ginger Buff,’ a medium mild spiced Buffalo base enhanced with a kick of ginger. According to Burnett, this wing flavor also embodies the ‘New York flair.’

 

Ginger Buff Flavored Wings

 

Most requested side dish in NYC:

Spinach Bites. They are fritters that resemble Saheena, an East Indian delicacy in Trinidad, made with spinach and authentic seasonings from the island.

 

Chick Pea Fritters and Spinach Bites

 

A thing you may not know:

Superwings won Bobby Flay’s Throwdown with the ‘Trini Tamarind’ flavor.

 

Interesting food fact:

In the USA the chicken wing is the most desirable and expensive part of the chicken.

 

Social Good:

Superwings pilots a community service program called ‘Cooking With Kids’ where they partner with 2 local Brooklyn schools, MS2 Parkside Prep and Brownsville Mott Bridges Academy to serve 400-600 kids every year. The program promotes the love of cooking to children and also nurtures those among them who dream of and aspire to be chefs. Superwings even discovered Devon Dandus, their current ‘Sous Chef Extraordinaire” as a result of this program.

 

 

Superwings also hosts, along with City of Hope, an annual “Back to School Give Back Event” during the month of September where they give away thousands of backpacks and supplies to scholars. The event also corresponds to the restaurant’s anniversary month of September 2009.

 

Address:

1218 Union Street

Brooklyn, NY 11225

(At Nostrand Ave.)

(718) 467-8737

 

Hours:

Monday-Saturday 12pm -11pm

Sunday 12pm -10pm