When talking about chicken wings: What did Governor Cuomo really mean about chicken wings? Do they count as food or not?


In an explanation of an executive order for COVID-19, Spectrum News reports Cuomo appeared to suggest chicken wings didn't qualify as a full meal. Other parts of the United States considers chicken wings to be hors d’oeuvres.

"To be a bar, you had to have food available — soups, sandwiches, etc. More than just hors d’oeuvres, chicken wings. You had to have some substantive food — the lowest level of substantive food were sandwiches,” said Cuomo."

The governor's spokesperson says he started a new sentence after the word hors d’oeuvres, and actually included chicken wings in the list of "substantive food." Spectrum also linked to this tweet to explain:

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Further info on New York States Liquor Authority's website reports that chicken wings do qualify:

Q: I operate a restaurant or bar, and I understand that I must serve sandwiches, soups, or “other foods” when a patron orders an alcoholic beverage, can you tell me what constitutes “other foods?”

A: “Other foods” are foods which are similar in quality and substance to sandwiches and soups; for example, salads, wings, or hotdogs would be of that quality and substance; however, a bag of chips bowl of nuts, or candy alone are not.  "

So, for all the anger Central New York felt towards Cuomo today over wings, wings do count. Eat your flats and drums with an ice cold adult bevarge and enjoy.