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Sep 12, 2005 06:40 PM

Where are the best wings in NYC

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If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be wings. My brother agrees. We are new in the city and looking for the best of the best. Wings should be hot, but we are looking for a joint with a variety of flavors. Also, a major pet peeve is that most wing places serve scrawny wings... Do they breed chickens to have wings that small? Where can I get some spicy wings and cold beer? I am a simple man with simple needs... Please help!

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  1. Don't know if this is what you're looking for, but Dinosaur BBQ has great wings. They're not buffalo-style; they're smoked, they're big, and they come with a choice of sauce heat-levels (I like the medium hot stupidly named "wango-tango" sauce). IMO, they're the best choice on Dinosaur's menu.

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    1. re: Striver

      east 4th street bar between 3rd and 2nd aves for bourbon wings.

      reservoir on university place for teriyaki wings.

      1. re: Striver

        I dream about the wings at Dinosaur.

      2. I haven't had them ALL, but my favorite Manhattan wings are:

        Croxley Ales (East Village)
        28 Avenue B Btwn 2nd & 3rd St
        Good, fun downtown bar with an outdoor garden, LOTS of great beers and great wings, on which there are frequently special deals. In my opinion, a much cooler place than Blondie's, but I live close by.

        Blondie's (two branches, I prefer upper west)
        Upper East: 1770 2nd Ave Btwn 92nd & 93rd St
        Upper West: 12 W 79th St Btwn Bway & Amsterdam
        Sports bar. Decent sports-bar food, great wings, average beer, cute waitresses. Blondie's wings are especially beefy (chickeny?) in the size department.


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        1. re: Andrew P.

          Between Blondies and Croxley's, I'd go with Blondies. I've only been there once, but Croxley wings were rather scrawney- though tasty. Blondies are more plump and a more featured dining item.

          1. re: Andrew P.

            RUB has killer wings, first smoked then fried, crisp but moist inside. The sauce is far more complex than the usual Frank's hot sauce mixture.

            But the last time I was there the wings were dried out, so beware.

          2. Actually, the best wings in NYC are at Bonnie's on 5th Avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn, crispy, great variety of heat (hot really is hot) and great beers. The place is owned by guys from Buffalo so it's very authentic. Good burgers too!

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            1. re: DeeDee


              Also a really good burger!

            2. Love the wings at Blue Smoke...

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              1. rathbones on 87th and 2nd