The 15 Best Chicken Wings in NYC, Hands Down, No Contest
February means Super Bowl Sunday. And while your game day celebration might look a bit different this year, there’s one tradition that you can hold onto: indulging in a delicious meal of crispy, juicy chicken wings. Here’s where to get your hands on the best chicken wings in NYC for game day (or any day, really).
1. Pelicana Chicken
You might not expect much when you enter Pelicana Chicken’s small store-front, but these Korean-style wings are worth venturing for. All of the wings are made to order, so they come out of the fryer piping hot and delightfully crispy. The signature sauce is a blend of spicy guangchang, soy, and garlic and it’s straight-up addictive. In addition to wings, this fast-casual chain with nine locations across the boroughs also makes a serious fried chicken sandwich. Currently open for take-out and delivery.
Multiple locations; pelicanausa.com
2. Madame Vo
This East Village Vietnamese eatery is hugely underrated. In fact, it’s hard to find a bad bite on the menu, which is made up of shareable appetizers like fried squid with avocado sauce, delectable stir-fried noodles, and slurpable bowls of pho. But the star of the show at Madame Vo is the chicken wings. They’re crispy, spicy, and coated in a sweet-meets-savory caramelized garlic fish sauce. Currently open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.
212 E 10th St.; madamevo.com
3. Croxley Ale House
If you’re seeking a sports bar with above average pub food, Croxley’s is a good bet. But of course, there’s one thing you should absolutely be ordering here: buffalo wings. Depending on your tolerance for spice, these babies are available in mild, medium or hot. Or for the more experimental palate, choose from a handful of special sauces like Thai coconut, habanero mango and Korean BBQ. If you’re watching the big game with your quarantine pod, grab an order of 50 or 100 wings to go. Currently open for take-out and delivery.
63 Grand Street, Brooklyn; croxley.com
4. International Wings Factory
Just off the entrance to the FDR all the way up on 91st street, there’s an unexpected spot serving some of the absolute best wings in the five boroughs. If you’re indecisive, you might have a tough time at International Wings Factory, as they offer lots of options. Choose from bone-in or boneless wings, which can be prepared in three styles: regular, extra crispy or extra extra crispy. Then, of course, you’ll have to select your sauce from a list that includes classic barbecue, black pepper teriyaki, Vietnamese chili mango and more. Orders start at a four-piece snack-size and go all the way up to a 100-piece party tray. Now offering take-out and delivery.
1762 1st Avenue; internationalwingsfactory.com
5. Dan and John’s
Dan and John’s is nothing fancy, but it’s a reliable and consistent option for excellent, classic buffalo wings. With two locations in Manhattan—one in the East Village and one in Murray Hill—this place will satisfy your craving for wings whenever it hits. Boneless wings are also available, and in addition to the list of regularly available sauces like sweet BBQ and garlic Parmesan, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the special sauce of the month. And while you’re at it, grab an order of tater tots. They’re worth it. Dan and John’s is also offering 50-piece Super Bowl wing kits for pick-up on game day. Currently available for take-out or delivery.
Two locations in Manhattan; danandjohnswings.com
6. Bonnie’s Grill
Ask a Park Slope native where to find the best wings in the neighborhood and they’ll point you toward Bonnie’s. The menu here is loaded with all your favorite pub foods from ribs and onion rings to burgers and chili, but the wings are the highlight. You won’t find any eclectic dipping sauces here: just plain old buffalo or BBQ chicken wings cooked to perfection and served with celery, carrots and blue cheese dressing. Open for take-out and delivery.
278 5th Ave., Brooklyn; bonniesgrillparkslope.com
7. Amy Ruth’s
This Harlem mainstay knows a thing or two about soul food. Amy Ruth’s isn’t where you go for a healthy meal; rather, it’s a place to indulge in everyone’s favorite comfort foods like decadent mac ‘n’ cheese and juicy fried chicken. Our order here is the “Tommy Tomita,” which is one of Amy Ruth’s famous waffles topped with oh-so-crispy fried chicken wings. Or there’s “The Ludacris,” an order of four jumbo fried chicken wings that’ll leave you wanting more. Open for take-out and delivery.
113 W 116th St. (Harlem); amyruths.com
This no-frills sports bar, an UWS gem, is nothing fancy, but the wings and the atmosphere keep the regulars coming back. The buffalo wings (and Blondie’s boneless tenders) can be ordered plain or smothered in dipping sauce. For those who like things spicy, Blondie’s sauces even come in three extra hot flavors: scorching, sizzling and ouch!, guaranteed to kick things up a notch. Order a single-sized portion of 10 wings or serve them to a crowd (i.e., your household) with the party platter, which contains 100 pieces. Available for take-out and delivery.
212 W 79th St,; facebook.com/Blondies-Sports-NYC
9. Bar Goto
On the surface, it might seem like booze is the focus at Bar Goto. But look deeper, and you’ll find some incredible bites at this bar-meets-izakaya. The menu is small but mighty, featuring small Japanese-inspired plates, like the miso chicken wings that come lathered in a thick, spicy layer of miso and topped with chives, and sesame seeds. If you order them to go, make sure to tack a to-go cocktail onto your order. The Far East Sider, made with sake, tequila, elderflower, yuzu and shiso is the perfect complement to the umami-packed wings. Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery.
245 Eldridge St; bargoto.com
10. Lolo’s Seafood Shack
Don’t let the name fool you: there’s more than seafood at this Harlem-based eatery that specializes in Caribbean fare. In fact, the smoked wings happen to be one of the best things on the menu. They’re charred, tossed in a sticky, slightly sweet glaze, and then drizzled with garlic crema and sesame seeds. Oh, and take a mental note: During the warmer months, Lolo’s seafood Shack has one of our favorite back patios, perfect for sipping a boozy mango slushy in the summer sun. Open for take-out and delivery.
303 W 116th St.; lolosseafoodshack.com
Should you find yourself near Flushing, Queens and craving fried chicken wings, look no further than Debasaki. This place is known for its generous portions of Korean-style fried chicken wings, which are seasoned with soy sauce, garlic and black pepper. And if you’re in the mood for something a bit unconventional, don’t miss the stuffed wings filled with corn cheese, kimchi cheese or garlic shrimp. Oh, and when truffle French fries are on the menu like they are here, you should order them. Open for take-out and delivery.
33-67 Farrington St., Queens; dbsknyc.com
12. Jeju Noodle Bar
Jeju Noodle Bar is an upscale Korean ramen restaurant with a Michelin star that you probably wouldn’t immediately associate with fried chicken. But among the menu made up of savory, rich ramyun noodle soups, Jeju’s fried chicken wings deserve your attention. Consider these the Channel of chicken wings, if you will. Jeju knocks it out of the park with these dry-rubbed wings that manage to fit seamlessly into the upscale dining theme. Like magic, they’re battered and crispy on the outside but perfectly juicy on the inside. Open for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery.
679 Greenwich St,; jejunoodlebar.com
For the best wings Astoria has to offer (in our opinion), head to Blackbird’s. This neighborhood spot is a local favorite for its above-average bar food (think: homemade jalapeño poppers, burgers and more). But it’s the wings that deserve a place in every order. Despite being smothered in buffalo sauce they maintain their crispness, and they come in five flavors: honey BBQ, mild, medium, hot or—for those daring enough—nuclear. On Thursdays, Blackbirds offers a special menu of wings tossed in a handful of creative sauces like maple chipotle, sweet chili sauce, Caribbean jerk rub and peanut butter sesame with jelly dipping sauce. Open for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery.
41-19 30th Ave., Queens; blackbirdsbar.com
14. Blue Smoke
There’s a good chance you’ve never had wings like the ones you’ll find at this Battery Park barbecue joint by Danny Meyer. On the menu you’ll find classic chipotle chicken wings and then the more unique Alabama white wings, a regional specialty you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in NYC. These jumbo fried chicken wings are served with a mayo-based white barbecue sauce, which gets a hint of tanginess and a kick of spice from white vinegar, lemon juice, horseradish and cayenne. These days, you can order Blue Smoke’s wings for take-out with a pre-bottled Oaxaca Old Fashioned or Boulevardier to wash ‘em down. Open for take-out and delivery.
255 Vessey St.; bluesmoke.com
15. Little Mo
This counter-serve eatery in Bushwick isn’t much bigger than a studio apartment, but it’s a local favorite for its laid-back, funky atmosphere and affordable, tasty Vietnamese food. Little Mo’s “Mo Wangs,” are a must order: glazed in caramelized garlic fish sauce, they’re just the right balance of sweet and salty. While you’re at it, go ahead and solidify your order with a banh mi sandwich or a bowl of savory pho. Open for take-out and delivery.
1158 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn; littlemobk.nyc
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