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16 Stand-Out Wings in New York City

From traditional tangy Buffalo to ultra-crispy Thai fried versions

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A good plate of wings is sure to hit the spot. And while the deep-fried, hot sauce-doused version is still the top dog among the chicken-wing eating public, there is plenty to do with a wing beyond Buffalo. Here are some of the best around town representing numerous styles including Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, American barbecue, and of course some Buffalo-style for the purists.

Note: This is an updated map originally published in 2015.

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1. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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700 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 694-1777
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has been serving barbecue since 1988, and its jumbo BBQ chicken wings are an excellent choice when seeking wings in Harlem. The spice-rubbed, pit-smoked wings are finished on the grill and served with blue cheese dressing and a choice of sauce. The sauces — including flavors like honey barbecue, Korean barbecue, garlic chipotle, and jerk glaze — range from mild to extremely spicy.

2. Blondies

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212 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024

It’s all about the wings at Blondies, which are traditional Buffalo and meant to be consumed while watching any number of sports. Flavors also include honey mustard, barbecue, honey barbecue, and garlic wings.

3. International Wings Factory

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1762 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 348-2627
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This no-frills wings specialist is a solid option for wings on the Upper East Side when the craving strikes. Order at the counter and settle down a booth with a few flavors to try. While standard wing flavors such as barbecue and teriyaki are available, International Wings Factor also has more offbeat options such as the Mexy Q, a Mexican barbeque flavor, and Soul Purifier, a house-made Buffalo-based sauce with spices and chiles. To help diners gauge the relative hotness of sauces, International Wings Factory ranks all its sauces on a one to five scale.

4. Debasaki

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33-67 Farrington St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 886-6878
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Head out to Flushing to try Debasaki’s eclectic stuffed chicken wings. The wings at this small and lounge-like restaurant come filled with options including shrimp, corn and cheese, and kimchi. But friends who want a more standard wing can find those here as well.

5. Pelicana Chicken

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41-23 162nd St, Flushing, NY 11358
Queens, NY 11358
 (718) 460-8282

Korean chicken chain Pelicana offers up some of the city's juiciest Korean fried chicken, and the wings are no exception. They come in several varieties — original, spicy, grilled, and soy — and all are recommended.

6. Atomix

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104 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016

The stuffed chicken wings served a la carte at this two Michelin-starred Korean restaurant’s bar are partially deboned, lightly battered, aggressively seasoned, and stuffed with fried rice before getting deep fried. Be warned: There are only seven orders per night, with only one wing per order because of how labor-intensive they are to make.

7. Jeju Noodle Bar

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679 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 666-0947
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Korean fried chicken wings come with crudite at Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village, along with an ultra-crispy exterior, a spicy dip, and umami salt.

The wings at Jeju Noodle Bar are in a white bowl, with a small container for sauce nearby. Gary He/Eater

8. Daddy-O

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44 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-8884
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This West Village bar is popular with chefs, perhaps because it gets the comfort basics so right, like the dry-aged burger and the pitch-perfect Buffalo-style wings. Sure, the menu also includes sweet-and sour-honey mustard and dry-rubbed iterations, but the Buffalo-style wings are the move.

9. Madame Vo

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212 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003
(917) 261-2115
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Hit East Village Vietnamese restaurant Madame Vo is known for its pho, but the wings are an ideal starter. Crunchy and spicy from a caramelized garlic fish sauce, they’re a big flavor hit.

10. Dan and John's Wings

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135 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
 (917) 456-8808
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This Smorgasburg favorite welcomed long lines within days of opening its first brick-and-mortar location in the East Village. Fans love the restaurant’s specialty: traditional Buffalo chicken wings available in five spice levels of Buffalo sauce, and two levels of barbecue. They’re beloved among wing purists.

11. Fish Cheeks

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55 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-2223
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Now that Pok Pok has closed, the Fish Cheeks wings may be the go-to for a Thai version. The zabb wings are fried and spiced with chile, lime, and mint, rendered crunchy, spicy, and citrusy all at once. They’re also available at Dekalb Market spin-off, Chicks Isan.

12. Bar Goto

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245 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4411
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This contemporary Lower East Side izakaya is best known for its cocktails — Pegu Club vet Kenta Goto opened the place — but it also serves one of New York’s best bar food menus. The miso chicken wings are drenched in thick miso, and studded with black sesame seeds and scallions. The result is crispy, spicy, and dreamy.

Bar Goto’s spicy miso chicken wings in a small white plate and sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Serena Dai/Eater

13. Blue Smoke

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255 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282
(212) 889-2005
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This Danny Meyer barbecue restaurant offers both its long-beloved chipotle-barbecue wings and smoked wings doused in Alabama white sauce, though the latter are off-menu and only available by request.

A white rectangular plate has carrots and a pile of white-colored chicken wings. Nick Solares/Eater

14. Mission Chinese Food

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171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(917) 376-5660
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According to the restaurant’s cookbook, the wings at Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food are dredged in cornstarch before being coated in a Chongqing spice mix. The mixture — a blend of Sichuan peppercorns, cumin, fennel, star anise, and fennel to name a few — gives the crispy wings a slow, but searing heat. They’re also available at the newer Bushwick location.

Mission Chinese Food’s Chongqing chicken wings Stefanie Tuder/Eater

15. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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While Emily is ostensibly a pizzeria, chef Matt Hyland also makes some superb Korean-style wings as well. The wings at this Clinton Hill restaurant are sauced with gochujang, butter, garlic, and rice wine vinegar, and served with a side of housemade buttermilk mint ranch.

16. Bonnie's Grill

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278 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-9527
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Buffalo natives are behind this classic American version along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, which comes in four spice levels or barbecue sauce, and the hottest version is no joke. Cooling celery, carrots, and blue cheese dressing come on the side.

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1. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has been serving barbecue since 1988, and its jumbo BBQ chicken wings are an excellent choice when seeking wings in Harlem. The spice-rubbed, pit-smoked wings are finished on the grill and served with blue cheese dressing and a choice of sauce. The sauces — including flavors like honey barbecue, Korean barbecue, garlic chipotle, and jerk glaze — range from mild to extremely spicy.

700 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

2. Blondies

212 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

It’s all about the wings at Blondies, which are traditional Buffalo and meant to be consumed while watching any number of sports. Flavors also include honey mustard, barbecue, honey barbecue, and garlic wings.

212 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024

3. International Wings Factory

1762 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10128

This no-frills wings specialist is a solid option for wings on the Upper East Side when the craving strikes. Order at the counter and settle down a booth with a few flavors to try. While standard wing flavors such as barbecue and teriyaki are available, International Wings Factor also has more offbeat options such as the Mexy Q, a Mexican barbeque flavor, and Soul Purifier, a house-made Buffalo-based sauce with spices and chiles. To help diners gauge the relative hotness of sauces, International Wings Factory ranks all its sauces on a one to five scale.

1762 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10128

4. Debasaki

33-67 Farrington St, Flushing, NY 11354

Head out to Flushing to try Debasaki’s eclectic stuffed chicken wings. The wings at this small and lounge-like restaurant come filled with options including shrimp, corn and cheese, and kimchi. But friends who want a more standard wing can find those here as well.

33-67 Farrington St
Flushing, NY 11354

5. Pelicana Chicken

41-23 162nd St, Flushing, NY 11358, Queens, NY 11358

Korean chicken chain Pelicana offers up some of the city's juiciest Korean fried chicken, and the wings are no exception. They come in several varieties — original, spicy, grilled, and soy — and all are recommended.

41-23 162nd St, Flushing, NY 11358
Queens, NY 11358

6. Atomix

104 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Read Review |

The stuffed chicken wings served a la carte at this two Michelin-starred Korean restaurant’s bar are partially deboned, lightly battered, aggressively seasoned, and stuffed with fried rice before getting deep fried. Be warned: There are only seven orders per night, with only one wing per order because of how labor-intensive they are to make.

104 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016

7. Jeju Noodle Bar

679 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10014
The wings at Jeju Noodle Bar are in a white bowl, with a small container for sauce nearby. Gary He/Eater

Korean fried chicken wings come with crudite at Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village, along with an ultra-crispy exterior, a spicy dip, and umami salt.

679 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10014

8. Daddy-O

44 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

This West Village bar is popular with chefs, perhaps because it gets the comfort basics so right, like the dry-aged burger and the pitch-perfect Buffalo-style wings. Sure, the menu also includes sweet-and sour-honey mustard and dry-rubbed iterations, but the Buffalo-style wings are the move.

44 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

9. Madame Vo

212 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

Hit East Village Vietnamese restaurant Madame Vo is known for its pho, but the wings are an ideal starter. Crunchy and spicy from a caramelized garlic fish sauce, they’re a big flavor hit.

212 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003

10. Dan and John's Wings

135 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

This Smorgasburg favorite welcomed long lines within days of opening its first brick-and-mortar location in the East Village. Fans love the restaurant’s specialty: traditional Buffalo chicken wings available in five spice levels of Buffalo sauce, and two levels of barbecue. They’re beloved among wing purists.

135 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Fish Cheeks

55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Now that Pok Pok has closed, the Fish Cheeks wings may be the go-to for a Thai version. The zabb wings are fried and spiced with chile, lime, and mint, rendered crunchy, spicy, and citrusy all at once. They’re also available at Dekalb Market spin-off, Chicks Isan.

55 Bond St
New York, NY 10012

12. Bar Goto

245 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
Bar Goto’s spicy miso chicken wings in a small white plate and sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Serena Dai/Eater

This contemporary Lower East Side izakaya is best known for its cocktails — Pegu Club vet Kenta Goto opened the place — but it also serves one of New York’s best bar food menus. The miso chicken wings are drenched in thick miso, and studded with black sesame seeds and scallions. The result is crispy, spicy, and dreamy.

245 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002

13. Blue Smoke

255 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282
A white rectangular plate has carrots and a pile of white-colored chicken wings. Nick Solares/Eater

This Danny Meyer barbecue restaurant offers both its long-beloved chipotle-barbecue wings and smoked wings doused in Alabama white sauce, though the latter are off-menu and only available by request.

255 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282

14. Mission Chinese Food

171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Mission Chinese Food’s Chongqing chicken wings Stefanie Tuder/Eater

According to the restaurant’s cookbook, the wings at Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food are dredged in cornstarch before being coated in a Chongqing spice mix. The mixture — a blend of Sichuan peppercorns, cumin, fennel, star anise, and fennel to name a few — gives the crispy wings a slow, but searing heat. They’re also available at the newer Bushwick location.

171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

15. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |

While Emily is ostensibly a pizzeria, chef Matt Hyland also makes some superb Korean-style wings as well. The wings at this Clinton Hill restaurant are sauced with gochujang, butter, garlic, and rice wine vinegar, and served with a side of housemade buttermilk mint ranch.

919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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16. Bonnie's Grill

278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Buffalo natives are behind this classic American version along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, which comes in four spice levels or barbecue sauce, and the hottest version is no joke. Cooling celery, carrots, and blue cheese dressing come on the side.

278 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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