Candlelight Inn

Review by: Michael Stern

One of the swankiest towns in the United States, Scarsdale also happens to be a chicken-wing-lover’s destination. The Candlelight Inn, an extremely non-swanky bar, makes a specialty of Buffalo wings in degrees of hotness ranging from mild to Chernobyl.

There is a large menu of other things to eat, including nice-looking hamburgers and decent French fries, sandwiches and wraps, but wings are the main attraction, and it was wings that I and two fellow foodies sampled at lunch: hot, teriyaki, and barbecue. They are big ones with a lot of meat, arriving with the drumette and bow still attached to each other, ten double pieces in each small-size order. We all agreed that the barbecue wasn’t too interesting and the teriyaki wings were alright, but hot was compelling. In fact, hot wasn’t really all that hot (next time I’m going for extra hot), but enough to generate a pleasant lip tingle; and I was most impressed that they deliver an energetic pepper flavor that was independent of the heat. Candlelight wings have formidable crunch to their skin and are big enough that the juicy meat is easy to retrieve in satisfying strips and pieces. Paper cups of blue cheese dressing (or alternative ranch) provide the classic creamy balance and celery stalks are a crisp veggie respite from all that succulent, fat-imbued chicken skin.

The place is tiny: a small bar room with overhead TVs and an attached dining room with about a dozen tables. We arrived at 1:30pm and were seated promptly, but at peak mealtimes or on game days, the Candlelight wing wait is legendary.

House policies of special note: cash only, no reservations (sign up on the wait list when you arrive), and the kitchen stays open until 3am.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

What To Eat


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What do you think of Candlelight Inn?

One Response to “Candlelight Inn”

Carol Berardi

April 24th, 2013

Since the initial review was written, the Candelight has nearly doubled its sized, taking over an adjacent house for take-out orders only, making the original site a little less hectic if you are dining in, or want an order to go (no more reaching over/between folks dining at the bar).

Their wings are indeed the best in Westchester County (and I lived in Buffalo, and had wings from the Anchor Bar; these are on par). Candlelight’s onion rings are winners (huge, thick, bracelet-sized, in a tempura-like batter), as are the fries with melted cheese and jalapenos. It’s often a toss-up between wings or their version of a Philly cheesesteak (with a spicy red sauce). If we were getting take-out, we would have to always get an extra Philly cheesesteak for my boyfriend to scarf down on the way home BEFORE we ate!


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