Binghamton's Famous Spiedie Sandwich Appears in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Bird's chicken spiedie with an unusual addition: American cheese.

North of New York City, close to the Pennsylvania border, old-school restaurants like Sharkey's, Lupo's, and the Spiedie and Rib Pit have championed the humble spiedie for decades.

Popularized by Endicott and Binghamton's working class Italian immigrants in the 1930's, the grilled meat was traditionally served on a skewer with a slice of fresh bread on the side, and prepared most often with small pieces of lamb. But the city's meaty legacy has evolved into something closer to a proper sandwich, loaded with pieces of meat already pulled off the stick (and the meat of choice now tends to be chicken or pork).

That's how you'll find it at Brooklyn Bird in Clinton Hill, a fast food joint that opened last December. The tangy chicken spiedie is $4.50, the meat stuffed in a very soft hot dog roll, glued together by the addition of sliced, half-melted American cheese.

Cooks can be quite secretive about their spiedie marinades, which must be left to work at the meat for many days before it's grilled. Brooklyn Bird tells Fork in the Road that theirs is mostly lemon juice and fresh herbs. And after three days in the stuff, the chicken is good to go.

Brooklyn Bird, 579 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-789-2628


[Note: Endicott has been added to this post as well as to Fork in the Road's upcoming spiedie-themed road trip itinerary.]


Location Info

Brooklyn Bird

579 Myrtle Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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D13904
D13904 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@jmcorl @rkjr53   Come on man. You guys sound angry. They're using "Binghamton" as a region. Nobody knows where Endicott is and if they do they say "Oh like Binghamton Area?" Nobody says "I go to Binghamton University, in Vestal." I went to school in Buffalo. I'm from (City of) Binghamton. Kid asks me where I'm from. I say Binghamton. He says "Oh me too. What part?" I say "East Side." He says "Oh, i'm from Whitney Point." Using "Binghamton" in reference to the region is pretty common. 

jmcorl
jmcorl

@D13904And conveniently you have been a member since April 2013 - umm - same date as when the article was posted - and have no other activity aside from this this specific VV conversation --- Hello Brooklyn Bird!

D13904
D13904

@jmcorl Way to delete your original post. It appears we have been members for the same amount of time and have both only commented on this one article. Unless your thing is making comments and then deleting them which it seems that may be the case. I can assure you that I am in no way associated with the establishment presented in the article and I'm not really sure what it was about my comment that made you think that. I was merely saying that Binghamton to Endicott to Endwell to JC to Vestal to Conklin is apples to apples to apples to...you get the idea. It's all the same area, generally referred to as Greater Binghamton. So there was no need to be up in arms about the article saying spiedies are from Binghamton. Throwing around words like passion, foodie, and traditional in line with "spedies" (sic)  and the name of the business sure looks like you're doing a lot for their SEO. The dispute over the location of origin has nothing to do with the dispute over traditional preparation. I am all for traditional preparation. I grew up on traditional preparation. I'm with everyone else here. Cheese on a spiedie? GTFO. Spiedies should be prepped over coals, not gas, and and pulled off the skewer using a mitt of fresh, sliced italian bread. Felix Roma, DiRienzo Bros. or even Battaglini's just to name a few local bakeries (I will help boost their SEO). Put on your fedora, hop on your fixie and come up to Bing. We'll have a cookout. I'll even chill some PBR as a peace offering.

jmcorl
jmcorl

@D13904 It's not about being angry. I didn't see any posts that looked angry. (I could have missed some) But if you take a classic food and bill it as such, you should know the history. What I read was passion. This is about being a regional foodie. nothing more, nothing less. This particular type of food has a lot of people who grew up on it and know the "traditional" - that's it. Can I guess you are from Brooklyn Bird? Because I can't think of another reason for you to question a bunch of comments that just increased your SEO for "Spedies"

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Chicho
Chicho

sorry,  double post

Chicho
Chicho

I'm from the mid-west and have never heard of these but they sound great. It's also apparent that the writer got it horribly, sacrilegiously wrong.

awlc2000
awlc2000 like.author.displayName 1 Like

HOTDOG BUNS!!!! WTF?

rkjr53
rkjr53

Spiedies, or that name for 'spiedini' originated and flourished in Endicott, NY, not Binghamton.  You can get them at Lupo's, Kelly's or any other little pub in Endicott that serves food. Sharkey's and the rest in Binghamton are all after the fact attempts to lay claim to an Endicott original.  And yes, they should be prepared over charcoal, not gas and served on fresh Italian bread, not hot dog buns.

mmontgomery3
mmontgomery3 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

OMG all the old Italians are spinning in their graves...no one from Binghamton would EVER put their spiedies on a hotdog bun with cheese.  That looks disgusting.  Italian bread people !!!!!

Bingotown
Bingotown like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is not a Binghamton Spiedie! People in Binghamton would cringe! Never use a hot dog roll and never use cheese. You can order the marinade in a bottle from the above mentioned restaurants in Binghamton  and the ingrediants are listed.

justin.
justin.

@Bingotown i was excited for about 10 seconds, i moved away from binghamton like 10 years ago, and im sick of my gallon jugs of speidi marinade taking up all the room in my fridge.. but if they're trying to pass this off as a speidi, i guess ill keep grilling em at home..

Kara Mohren
Kara Mohren

Almost a spiedie! Replace hot dog roll with italian bread & remove the cheese - true Binghamton Spiedie style! but glad to see they are represented in BK.

mattmendelsohn
mattmendelsohn

Ha. Tried to edit "out" to "put" and it posted my comment five times. Oh well. Still, cheese on a spiedie? Someone on Riverside Drive just gagged.

shadylee
shadylee

seriously?thats no spiedie....hot dog roll?cheese?thats against the LAW of spiediedom.trust me,i've been eating the real deal all my life and thats just laughable.

mattmendelsohn
mattmendelsohn like.author.displayName 1 Like

No one from Binghamton would ever put cheese on a spiedie.

Cleanline Surf
Cleanline Surf

Looks delicious, when will they event Wonka vision so I can eat things I see on the screen?!

shadylee
shadylee like.author.displayName 1 Like

you don't want to put that in your mouth lol

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