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Wings in Manhattan?


What are the best places for wings in terms of:

1) the hottest wings...I can handle Duff's Armageddon sauce of 850,000 SHU no problem (in fact, i have hot sauces at home that are in the millions of scovilles)

2) the greatest variety of flavours? We have a place an hour outside of Toronto that has nearly 300 flavours including vanilla coke and gummi bears!

I will be in manhattan for nearly a week and am willing to go to any part of the city for the best / hottest wings!


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  1. Best wings are at Dinosaure BBQ. But they are not Buffalo style.

    For buffalo wings, Scruffy Duffys and Blondies are the usual suspect. But I'd say no one in NYC does them as good as the best of the upstate bars.

    Isn't Buffalo an hour from Toronto? That would seem like the place to go.

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    1. re: boccalupo

      right you are sir
      the wings are amazing at dinosaur and blue smoke also but they are not buffalo wings
      aiello's all those years ago were among the best and also among the first
      since they moved i tried them and they were weak but this was several years ago

    2. check out blind tiger for semi spicy grilled wings.

      croxley ales for their honey hot wings.

      1. Dinosaur for BBQ wings

        You also have to go to Bon Chon on 38th street for the Korean fried chicken wings - they are double fried and have two flavors: soy garlic and spicy soy garlic. The spicy is quite hot but not uncomfortably and they are really delicious (i think GQ just called them the best chicken wings in the country or something to that effect).

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        1. re: stephaniec25

          I second Bon-Chon. Amazing place, very cool scene, phenomenal wings.

        2. As multiple people have noted, Dino BBQ is the best. The wings are smoked, rather than fried. The wango tango sauce, which is listed as medium on the menu I believe, is a perfect combo of sweet and spicy. I enjoy heat, but these rule,

          Blondie's is fine. Can't think of a place offhand w/ a 100's of flavors thing.

          If you like general "hot food" challenges, try Brick Lane Curry House on E 6th bet'n 1st and 2nd ave's. They have a curry challenge, details pasted below:

          What is P'hall?
          An excruciatingly hot curry, more pain and sweat than flavor. For our customers who do this on a dare, we will require you to state a verbal disclaimer not holding us liable for any physical or emotional damage after eating this curry.

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          1. re: metfan630

            Scruffy Duffys has been closed for some time

            Scruffy Duffy's
            743 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            1. re: griller in the mist

              I didn't realize they had closed. I used to go there when I worked in the area.

              A search of the net indicates they at one point looking to reopen on 9th Avenue. Don't know what the status of that is. It was a very good sports bar.

          2. The Blue Moon on 1st Avenue in the 70's (streets, not decades!) used to have pretty incredible wings.

            Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
            1444 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

            1. Atomic Wings has a suicidal wing. No idea how hot or good these actually are...


              1. Bar Coastal!! better than all other atomic wings locations.. not sure why, just is!!

                1. The wings at Wogie's were delicious. Not sure how hot they get as we ordered their medium and hot varieties.

                  39 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

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                  1. re: MWinston

                    WOGIE'S hottest wings are called "Crazy Hot". The waitress advised me to order the "crazy hot sauce on the side" for this one...because it is so hot. (I ordered the "hot"; they were OK, but just OK....

                  2. If you want crazy hot, "Devil's Duel" at DINOSAUR should suffice. A woman from the Islands, who sat next to me out said: "These wings were so hot, they had me crying." I always order the next hottest, garlic-chipotle, which are awesome.

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                    1. re: ZaZa

                      Correction: Garlic Cipolte has less heat than DEVIL'S DUEL; it's the next down the scale in the spicy-heat range.

                      The woman who mentioned Devil's Duel sat next to me at take out.

                      1. re: ZaZa

                        Have since enjoyed DINOSAUR BBQ's DEVIL'S DUEL wings. Ordered them "plain" (which are awesomely grilled) with DEVIL'S DUEL SAUCE on the side.

                        THEY ARE AWESOME !!! The blue-cheese dipping can mellow out the habanero-mixed spice to please your palate with much beer in the offering. Go for it!

                        Now I have to order both--Garlic-Chipolte & Devil's Duel...with no problem whatsoever....

                    2. MIGHTY QUINN's wings are awesome and rather spicy...I must say. I like spice; these were really good--trust me on this. No variety here...but why bother when you create such a perfect wing. (No dipping sauce, but lots of good brew)!

                      INTERNATIONAL WING FACTORY offers variety, but they are not the hottest wings in NYC, which is what you want. These are coated, fried wings (w/choice of 13 different coatings & several dipping sauces. It's fun to try the different varieties when on a wing fest. I sure raved about them at the time...but I don't think this is what you are looking for. "Soul Purifier" is their hottest and rather good, but not "crazy hot". "Coastal Pepper" (blend of Hawaiian Fruits & Caribbean Jerk) is my favorite at IWF, but if I want more spice, I'll go to MIGHTY QUINNs (and bring my own dipping sauce).

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                      1. re: ZaZa

                        Actually MIGHTY QUINNS Wings are as close to perfection as it gets, so they really don't need a dipping sauce. They are that good!