Food & Drink

Where to eat non-Buffalo wings before the Super Bowl

Published On 01/30/2014 Published On 01/30/2014

According to nerds, 1.25 billion Buffalo wings will be eaten during Super Bowl XLVIII. To ensure you don't get Buffalo'd out by Sunday, we found the eight best places to get finger-and-palm-and-wrist... wait, how did you get it on your wrist?...-licking delicious wings that're not hot or red.

OTB (click here for address and deets)
The owners of OTB in Williamsburg couldn't find any wings in Brooklyn that they really liked, so they made some: these buttery, hot sauce-covered, mustard seed-topped beauts.

Motorino (click here for address and deets)
Right down the street from OTB, the new Motorino (mini wing crawl, anyone?) actually has some sneaky-good wings that're roasted and topped with lemon, olive oil, and sea salt that adds some game-upping texture.

Barn Joo (click here for address and deets)
Good God man, you still haven't had these soy-garlic, Korean-style chicken wings with salt & pepper, plus hot & spicy?? Yeah, you're gonna wanna do that.

King Noodle (click here for address and deets)
These are more a hybrid between Buffalo- and Korean-style wings, with a homemade gochujang sauce and a couple genre-bending toppings like peanut dust and lime zest. Best of all: you can order them along with Doritos-topped noodles and Tiki drinks.

Distilled NY (click here for address and deets)
Refined over years of testing at other restos like Momofuku Noodle Bar, Distilled NY's tie-ruiners are twice-fried and lacquered with their signature sweet/savory sauce. They're also utterly delicious.

All Photos: Andrew Zimmer

Mission Cantina (click here for address and deets)
The next-level taco slingers also happen to have a killer wing dish (two, if you count the octopus and turkey wing tacos) loaded with mole spices, chili vinegar, sesame, and crema cheese that gives them the most unique flavor out of any of the wings on this list.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's New York Editor, and would probably eat chicken wings until he exploded... if only someone would just lay them all out in front of him. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. OTB 141 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Proving they can deliver more effectively than the actual one, the team behind the whiskey bar Post Office just expanded their boozy Brooklyn holdings Southward with OTB, a grant, airy hall of horse-racery, cocktails, and bistro stylings.

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2. Motorino Pizza 139 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Motorino's Brooklyn outpost is a Williamsburg staple, slinging excellent Neapolitan pies, from the classic margherita to more adventurous options like gorgonzola with speck and onions. The pies are supplemented with salads, antipasti, cheese, and salumi to round out an Italian menu rich in classics as well as quality modern takes.

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3. Barn Joo 893 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

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.

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4. King Noodle 1045 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

King Noodle's MO is all about hyper-Americanized Chinese food, while combining unique ingredients to develop delicious and slightly avant-garde eats. Leave it to the crew that gave us Dorito kimchee carbonara to come up with mapo tofu chili cheese fries, which feature mouth-tingling Szechuan peppercorns, tofu, scallions, and good ol’ American cheese.

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5. Distilled New York 211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

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.

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6. Mission Cantina 172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Danny Bowien may be best known for his creative eats at Mission Chinese, but similar culinary aptitude is found at his Mexican outpost, Mission Cantina. The cooking is playful, clever, and often includes Asian touches. The vegetarian options are as good as the braised meats, and no matter what you order, be sure the tortillas make it to your table. The unforgettably golden, hot corn rounds are durable enough to support whatever you pile on top. If the food isn't enough of a pull, Mission Cantina's fiesta-forward atmosphere surely is, but the most entertaining part might be watching the chefs crank out tacos in the partially open kitchen.