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Best Wings In NYC?

eastvillageandrew Dec 15, 2008 02:44 PM

I am trying to figure out where to find the best wings in NYC. I have yet to try any that can stand up to my personal favorites (Dean's original at the Forge in Lanesboro, MA), but I refuse to believe that there is a food that someone in New York hasn't perfected. Please advise me.

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  1. kelea RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 15, 2008 03:18 PM

    Try this


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      Hinterlander RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 16, 2008 03:08 AM

      I like Blondie's.

      1. JungMann RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 16, 2008 05:49 AM

        Blondie's is my local sportsbar and my archnemesis. I find the wings greasy and heatless, insults to wingdom, and yet they regularly come up as one of the Top 2 wings in the city. My vote goes for 1849: meaty man-sized wings with a firm exterior and sheer joy inside.

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          sloane RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 16, 2008 07:55 AM

          The wings at Nolita House are great. Not greasy or fatty.

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            jvish RE: sloane Dec 16, 2008 09:10 AM

            I think these guys have the best chicken wings in the city...


            144 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011
            nr. Seventh Ave.

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            secondbecky RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 16, 2008 10:14 AM

            Just today in Grub Street they posted this:

            I would also add Buffalo Wild Wings in the Atlantic Mall - only if you get them the hottest possible. Otherwise, they're just ok.

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              Jeffsayyes RE: secondbecky Dec 16, 2008 05:17 PM

              grub street did not have much of a sample size. my statistics prof would have a fit over the winner garnering 5 votes. Good resource though.

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              davidm1108 RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 17, 2008 10:15 PM

              Atomic Wings, east village location has always done me right. They are textbook, hot and pungent with vinegar-based hot sauces of the Frank's or Texas Pete variety.

              1. Notorious P.I.G. RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 18, 2008 01:25 AM

                Croxley's honey hot wings.

                Ave B and 3rd.

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                  travpard RE: Notorious P.I.G. Dec 18, 2008 05:05 AM

                  I second that.

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                    dan RE: Notorious P.I.G. Dec 20, 2008 02:35 PM

                    Thirded, also they have regular wing specials, a good beer selection and a nice outside area...

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                    UWStoSONO RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 18, 2008 05:31 PM

                    Social at 48th and 8th


                    1. guttergourmet RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 19, 2008 06:46 PM

                      Backpage Sports Bar UES.

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                        rapoport RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 20, 2008 12:52 PM

                        Central Bar
                        109 E 9th St

                        The rest of the menu seems like average bar food, but the wings are unreal. Extraordinarily meaty. delicious sauce. A wing that really sets itself apart from the competition. You wont be disappointed.

                        Oh, and they have 25c wings during all NFL games. Though this is the type of sports bar that is much more likely to have soccer on teh screens.

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                          drmoze RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 21, 2008 05:03 PM

                          Haven't found great Buffalo wings in NYC since the demise of Scruffy Duffy's, but I know that Blondie's, Croxley, Atomic, and Tebaya aren't it. (Tebaya is a Japanese style wing, and mine were slightly rancid when I had them.) Still don't understand why people tend to list Blondie's as a favorite wing spot--3 disappointing trips there were enough for me!

                          Thanks for the tips for 1849 and Central Bar.I'll have to try them.

                          Also, NYC Food Guy had a recent wing roundup with substantive analysis (and additional reader comments). His standout was the Blind Tiger Ale House on Bleecker. That's also on my "to try" list now!

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                            raji212 RE: drmoze Dec 28, 2008 06:43 AM

                            I didn't know Scruffy's closed, but you can get those EXACT wings at Lansdowne Road at 44th and 10th. Same owners, they even list it on the menu as the "famous Scruffy Duffy wings"

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                              drmoze RE: raji212 Dec 28, 2008 01:19 PM

                              The wings at Lansdowne are NOT even close to what Scruffy's used to serve, despite what the menu says. I know this from firsthand experience, and others have confirmed. Definitely different (and inferior) wings at Lansdowne.

                              The owner may be the same, but the chef/cook is not (I asked), and the sauce is not the same either. This saddens me, but it's true. The Landsdowne wings taste nothing like the old Scruffy wings.

                          2. bosun RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 22, 2008 09:25 AM

                            Check out this thread, might be helpful.


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                              steakrules85 RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 22, 2008 10:11 AM

                              I don't really eat wings often, but Brother Jimmy's on 38th or so has good wings surprisingly to me.

                              1. thew RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 22, 2008 02:47 PM

                                maybe not best in city, and certainly overpriced, but damned yummy ones at angel's share - so you can have really good wings with great cocktails

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                                  UpperWestFam RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 23, 2008 05:33 AM

                                  Try something different - go to Rack & Soul on Broadway & 109th. you get 6 of the biggest, meatiest wings.

                                  These aren't "Buffalo style," but Southern barbecue. Trust me. You will love. (I was wondering at first why you only get 6 - thought it was a rip - then I saw them, and ate them. 6 is MORE than enough. Enjoy!

                                  Rack & Soul
                                  258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

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                                    BLover33 RE: eastvillageandrew Dec 28, 2008 06:56 PM

                                    I don't know if they are the best but Bar 89 ion Mercer has great wings! the buck n wings are awesome! also, for boneless spicy wings I would go to McFadden's on 2nd and 42nd....really awesome

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                                      orangefoodie RE: eastvillageandrew May 21, 2014 05:04 PM

                                      Have you tried International Wings Factory in Upper East Side.Our quest for best wings ended here. :-)

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                                        ZaZa RE: orangefoodie Jul 9, 2014 09:31 AM

                                        orangefoodie: Thank You for turning me on to INTERNATIONAL WINGS FACTORY, First Avenue between 91st & 92nd St. Tiny place (mostly take out and delivery), but delving into those delectable wings on site, in this wing haven, will have you floating out the door in divine ecstasy. Worth the trek. (The 86th St. crosstown bus route begins around the corner).


                                        Vietnamese Chile Mango w/creamy cilantro dipping sauce, a little more mild than Coastal Pepper (blend of Hawaiian fruits & Caribbean Jerk)...OMG....perfect to my palate. Sweet Potato Fries are a wonderful surprise.

                                        Tomorrow, I'll try boneless Soul Purifier (their hottest, but not crazy hot) w/Blue Cheese dipping.

                                        INTERNATIONAL WINGS FACTORY ended my quest for the best & verified that my recent wings habit is no longer temporary. Can't wait to go back for more!

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                                        UES Mayor RE: eastvillageandrew May 22, 2014 03:59 AM

                                        Yunan on the lower eastside on Clinton street has this dish of chicken wings made w tongue numbing spices-not spicy hot where you find it unpleasant, but really numbs your tongue in an unusual way. I always get that as a starter along w the black fungus dish. Everything there is great!

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                                          Pan RE: eastvillageandrew May 24, 2014 03:37 AM

                                          Mighty Quinn has great wings in an excellent sweet/spicy sauce. I order them most every time I go there.

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                                            tex.s.toast RE: Pan May 24, 2014 08:24 PM

                                            agreed - the MQ wings are terrific (one time they were excessively salty but otherwise they have been pretty consistently great).

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                                              coasts RE: tex.s.toast Jun 18, 2014 05:25 PM

                                              with the absence of RUB, Mighty Quinn's wings are my favorite, too. Dinosaur's are great, also.

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                                            ZaZa RE: eastvillageandrew Jun 18, 2014 09:26 AM

                                            The Stanley Cup finals put me into a temporary wings habit. After several attempts--including Brother Jimmy's, Wogies, and Brass Monkey--I can only recommend DINOSAUR BBQ's garlic-chipotle wings (if you like spice); they are my absolute favorite.

                                            However, this necessitates a bike ride up to 125th St.; hence, the occasional tries elsewhere that were not satisfying. DINOSAUR's jerk wings were a disappointment. NEGRIL used to provide fierce jerk wings, when they were on 23rd St. To date, I have not yet tried them at their Third St. location.

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                                              ZaZa RE: ZaZa Jul 9, 2014 10:13 AM

                                              Updated: INTERNATIONAL WINGS FACTORY. This is as good as it gets!

                                              Still love Dino's garlic-chipotle grilled wings, and Negril's grilled jerk (of course); however, the IWF ended my quest for the best w/many varieties...fried, but they'll keep you flying!!!

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                                              vannyc RE: eastvillageandrew Jun 18, 2014 03:09 PM

                                              Wingbar on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. They are amazing, and I'm normally not a big . Whisky Soda also has great Thai style wings.

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                                                mitchleeny RE: eastvillageandrew Jul 10, 2014 07:14 AM

                                                They're not traditional, but the Caesar wings at Alder are great.

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