Wings. They're basically the perfect food when done correctly but, for some reason, in a city that can somehow master bong-smoked oysters, ramen burgers, and deconstructed-pastrami-sandwich pasta, it's way harder to find them than it should be. But that doesn't mean they're not out there, which is why we compiled a go-to list for wings both Buffalo and beyond, to satisfy any and all cravings for the king of handheld bar foods.
Wogies Bar & Grill
Nice heat, nice meat, top-notch crispiness. Just an excellent execution of the classic that started in the place where Darryl Talley used to wear skin-tight Spyder suits while playing football.
Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Whiskey Soda Lounge and Pok Pok NY
Marinated in fish sauce and palm sugar, then coated in garlic and more fish sauce because it turns out fish sauce is delicious, Ike's deep fried gold mines of flavor are a deviation from standard wings, for sure, but just as -- if not more -- delicious.
Buffalo-Style Wings, Hope Garage
These take the "standard" out of "standard bar wings". They're crispy, not too fatty, and boast a secret weapon: a slightly boozy-tasting bleu cheese fondue dipping sauce.
BJ Wings, Barn Joo
These puppies are Korean-style, so they've got the puffy/fried/crisp/moist thing going on, and you can select one of three flavors: hot, soy garlic, or sea salt and pepper.
Distilled Wings, Distilled New York
The newest addition to the upper echelon of NYC wings comes from Shane Lyons, a Momofuku alum who basically made it his life's noble mission to make the most delicious wings ever, and he's certainly close. These bad boys are dredged, twice fried, flash frozen, and lacquered.
Aside from often being 20-cents each, these are basically just Buffalo wings done right. Also, they're 20-cents each.
Spicy 'K.F.C.' Korean Fire wings; Danji
More Korean fried chicken here, featuring garlic, soy, honey, and sesame, plus they've got an excellent moist-to-crisp ratio.
Blondies Wings, Blondies
Upper West Side
Good meaty wings, lots of Buffalo sauce, and a bunch of celery you'll never eat. More sports bars should be doing them like this.
1. Danji346 W 52nd St, New York
2. Croxley Ales28 Avenue B, New York
3. Wogies Bar & Grill39 Greenwich Ave, New York
4. Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny115 Columbia St, Brooklyn
5. Hope Garage163 Hope St, New York
6. Distilled New York211 West Broadway, New York
7. Blondies212 W 79th St, New York
8. Barn Joo893 Broadway, New York
This Korean joint serves both modern and traditional Korean eats in a quaint setting.
One of a handful of locations in the greater New York area, the East Village's Croxley Ale delivers beer and wings in a dark tavern space complete with mounted TVs. Croxley might be a sports bar, but don't expect typical sports bar beer (read: Bud, Miller, or Coors). Instead, you'll find an expansive and rotating roster of craft beer from near and far, bottled and on tap. The food menu sticks to the bar food canon (that's a good thing) with sauce-covered Buffalo wings, crispy mozzarella sticks, and mounds of nachos.
A comfortable West Village institution bringing some of the best wings and authentic Philly cheesesteaks to NYC.
Pok Pok's brother restaurant, WSL dishes Authentic Thai food and drinks in Brooklyn.
Hope Garage's a resto open 'til 4am and satisfying your cravings of panko-crusted fish sticks w/ spicy remoulade, tri-fromage grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, buffalo wings w/ blue cheese fondue & celery ribbons, and fried Wisconsin cheese curds.
This sprawling gastropub, situated in a landmark TriBeCa building, is a dark-wooded space with charcoal banquets, an elevated outdoor patio, and incredibly high ceilings. Living up to its name, Distilled derives the essential elements from classic pub fare and drinks and then redefines them, from complimentary popcorn with "magic dust" to chicken fried duck & waffles. The wings, created and perfected over several years (including during Chef Shane Lyons' stint at Momofuku), are dredged in a combo of beer, liquor, and spices, then twice-fried with a freeze in between to maximize their crispiness. The method seems like madness, but it creates some of the best wings in the city.
Blondies has all the fixins of a quintessential sports bar: big screen TVs, cheap happy hour drinks, and all-you-can-eat-wings on Monday nights. The Upper West Side spot is usually packed with Big 10 alums cheering on their respective alma maters.
Evoking both a hip Brooklyn nightspot and an actual barn, this hybrid Korean tapas restaurant, bar, and performance space fills the bottom floor of the Hotel Verite with a long, heavily wooded bi-level banquet hall. Shareable Korean eats liked fried dumplings and kimchee bacon pancakes dominate the menu, while picks like truffle mushrooms assert this gastropub's trendy likability.