With football season in full swing, we thought it'd be a good time to give you a rundown of New York City's best places to go for tasty wings. Whether you like them mild or scorching hot, there are dozens of bars and restaurants where you can spice up your palate and take in some gridiron action this fall.
- Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
For the past four years, wing loving New Yorkers have been making their way to this popular Harlem spot which never seems to disappoint. Located around the corner from car repair shops and seemingly abandoned warehouses, once you enter this restaurant you’ll be met with thick crowds, live music, and some of the best barbeque food the city has to offer. Their wings come in four flavors: BBQ (mild), Wango Tango (hot), Garlic Chipotle (hotter), and Devils Duel (hottest).
Our favorite is the Wango Tango and, unless you’re trying to show off to your friends, we suggest avoiding the Devils Duel. Whether you order three ($3.95), six ($6.95), or thirteen ($11.95), we’re sure you’ll still be craving more afterwards.
Location: 646 West 131st Street (between 12th Avenue and Broadway)
- BonChon Chicken
Located on the second floor of a walk-up building just a block south of the Empire State Building, it is easy to pass by this Korean restaurant without noticing it’s there. But once you are inside, you'll realize it's no hidden gem. After-work crowds pack it in at this trendy, dimly lit spot which serves up mouth-watering chicken wings.
They are well worth the price ($16.95 for 14 wings; $22.95 for 24 wings) and come in two flavors: hot & spicy and garlic. Served with an orange mayonnaise dressing and marinated white radishes, each flavor is equally delicious and no trip here is complete without trying them both.
Location: 314 5th Avenue (between 31st Street and 32nd Street)
Some of the city's most unique wings can be found at this tiny Japanese shop which seats no more than eight people. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, Tebaya's wings are cooked in a special "teba sauce" and taste like sesame chicken with a hint of soy, garlic, and teriyaki flavors.
They are reasonably priced, starting at $5.50 for 8 pieces and going up to $31.75 for 50 pieces. Tebaya's lunch specials are even cheaper, making it a popular place for takeout and delivery in the early afternoon. Whether you're trying to surprise your coworkers or impress your football buddies, consider giving these wings a try.
Location: 144 West 19th Street (between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue)
This Upper West Side bar is the ultimate sports fan's dream. With more than 50 televisions plastered along every wall, there is no bad seat in the house. Their sizzling wings can be ordered with eight different sauces ranging from "Plain" to "Ouch."
A single order of ten wings costs $8.95 and a double order will run you $15.95. With no beer specials on Sunday, your check will add up faster than you think. But if you're seeking quality wings and a game-like football environment, there is no better place in the area to take in some action. You can also check out their new spot on the Upper East Side.
Location: 212 West 79th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) and 1770 2nd Avenue (between 92nd Street and 93rd Street)
- Croxley Ales
This Alphabet City sports bar serves up an impressive selection of beers to go along with some of the city's best wings. Their mild, medium, hot, and barbeque wings are only 10 cents each on Monday and Wednesday after 5 PM and 20 cents on the weekends. We suggest trying their honey wings as well, which are an additional 10 cents each.
Get all of the details about Croxley's wing specials. They have 31 ales on tap and serve more than 100 bottles from around the world. Don't even bother trying to order a Bud, Coors, or Miller. They don't serve any of them.
Location: 28 Avenue B (between 2nd Street and 3rd Street)
- Atomic Wings
If you prefer watching games in your pajamas by the television, consider placing an order with Atomic Wings. They have five store locations in Manhattan that deliver and you can even place your order online through their website.
Whether you're in the mood for a single order (10 for $7.99) or a party platter (100 for 73.99), make sure to have a few bottles of water by your side when your wings arrive. With flavors like abusive, nuclear, and suicidal, you never know when you'll need to hose down the fire in your mouth (don't worry, they have mild wings too). Atomic Wings also has counters inside three city bars: The Blue Room, Bar Costal, and Down The Hatch.
Store Locations: 311 Broadway (between Duane Street and Thomas Street), 1140 2nd Avenue (at 60th Street), 184 1st Avenue (between 11th Street and 12th Street), 321 9th Street (between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue), and 2090 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (at 113th Street)
Bar Locations: The Blue Room @ 528 9th Avenue (between 39th Street and 40th Street), Down The Hatch @ 179 West 4th Street (between 6th Street and 7th Street), and Bar Costal @ 1495 First Avenue (at 78th Street)