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11 Great Buffalo Wings In NYC

Good Buffalo wings are surprisingly hard to find. When you're in the mood, try one of these spots.

Sure, Buffalo wings are bar snacks that you may associate with disconsolate Jets fans looking around for their Wet-Naps and dignity. But they’re so much more. Wings are a test of heat-tolerance and perseverance, they make you feel like Shrek eating drumsticks, and they serve as very useful distractions should you happen to be a Jets fan. Most importantly, they’re fried, coated in buttery sauce, and help take the sting out of another Daniel Jones fumble (the Giants suck, too). That’s especially true at these seven spots.

The Spots

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If the crunchy skin at this UES bar is Russell Hammond in Almost Famous, then the sauce is the other members of Stillwater. Russel gets all the attention, but "Fever Dog” wouldn’t have been possible without all the components coming together in harmony. There’s just enough sauce to ensure that you get all of the “nuclear” flavor, but not so much that it takes away from the crispy skin and juicy meat underneath.

We love that this UES spot has over 10 different sauce choices that go beyond the typical Frank’s-and-butter combo. Options include a black pepper teriyaki sauce, as well as a tingly Vietnamese chile mango one. But this is a guide to Buffalo wings, and the International Wing Factory makes ones that are particularly crispy and saucy. The “soul purifier” brings a heat level that somehow makes cooling off in the nearby East River sound appealing.

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Dan and John's Wings

Considering their other claims to fame are Wolf Blitzer and a football team that lost four straight Super Bowls, it’d be reasonable to assume that people from Buffalo are exaggerating when they talk up their wings. Well, it’d be reasonable if you’ve never had wings at Dan & John’s. This East Village spot is from two Buffalo natives who brought us their recipe from the north, and the pair have been rewarded with two Manhattan locations, plus a stall in Dekalb Market Hall.

The neighborhood restaurant/bar Mudville 9 has been around since 1977—and the wings here are still great. They’re meaty, not-too-crispy, and served with housemade blue cheese. Order them with towers of any of their 30 draft beers while watching sports at a table on their outdoor patio in Tribeca.

The wings at Blondies are very saucey—but in a Bruce-Willis-in-Armageddon feat of engineering, the skin stays crispy and acts like a compression sleeve, keeping the meat underneath tender. These are near the pinnacle of NYC wings, and you can get them at this Upper West Side sports bar any day.

Trail mix and grapes are nice and all, but we’re not sure why Buffalo wings aren’t a more common quick snack. It’s probably because there aren’t more spots like Bonnie’s in Park Slope, which allows you to order as few as five wings at a time. Once you eat five of these crispy wings covered in buttery, Frank’s-based sauce, you'll wind up ordering 25 more.

Sometimes, the sandwich board outside Reservoir will boldly claim that this bar has the best wings in the city. Once you try a batch, you might just let them take the title. There are a ton of different sauce options, but we suggest sticking with straight Buffalo. FYI the hot wings are seriously hot, and the medium even leave your mouth burning a little. Go easy.

Sports bars are supposed to be loud places with sticky tables and a designated splash zone for when Blair Walsh misses a field goal and someone slams a beer on the table. That's pretty much what the Grayson is, but the food here has maintained a solid reputation over the years, with quality classics like quesadillas, sliders, loaded tots. The wings are fresh and greasy (in the good way), and there are often wing-and-beer specials.

Buffalo wing purists claim that anything with breading ceases to be the real thing. (If that sounds like you, keep fighting the good fight.) But we recommend ordering the farm style jumbo wings at Forest Hills Station House. The breading is thick and crispy, and the wings are slathered in just enough Station House Hot sauce to sting but not get soggy, with pickled peppers on the side.

The inside of this sports den looks no different from the one you probably frequent back in your hometown where jerseys and sweatpants are standard attire and the check is served with wet naps. Meaty and straightforward, Wogies wings are consistent, which is their best quality.

Keg & Lantern has good wings and great specials. Their Monday special is $15 for 6 wings and a quality draft, but you should also check back for half-off deals on wings and pitchers and the occasional weekend wing deal. It might not be the 25-cent wing bonanza you were looking for, but those are hard to come by at quality craft beer breweries in Greenpoint.

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