Barbecue chicken lollipops at Pig Bleecker. Photo by Katie Foster.
There are plenty of things to look forward to during the Super Bowl (besides the game and half-time show of course). For us at Zagat, it’s the food, and more specifically, it’s the chicken wings. While we’ll be the first to admit that Super Bowl Sunday isn’t the foodie-est of events, we always look forward to seeing the ways chefs dress up the ubiquitous wing. Here are the new, must-try wings for Super Bowl Sunday.
For those seeking out serious barbecue check out this newly minted Greenwich Village offshoot of Brooklyn’s Pig Beach. The barbecue chicken wing "lollipops" are fried to crispy perfection and slathered in zesty Hatch pepper vinegar and kicky housemade Alabama white barbecue sauce.
Buffalo-style wings at Printers Alley.
This Nashville import recently opened in Times Square, luring diners with live music and plenty of TV screens, but you should also stop by for a taste of its real-deal Nashville-style hot chicken (one of 2016's hottest food trends), done here as wings. The spot is also offering Buffalo-style wings (pictured) half-price the day of the big game, and those certainly deliver a spicy kick thanks to the habanero-based Buffalo sauce they're coated in.
215 W. 40th St.; 212-419-2770
Meat Hook at Threes Brewing
Something good is bound to happen when beer and barbecue come together. The souped-up wings from the Meat Hook team at Threes Brewing in Gowanus are served with a sweet and sour Polynesian sauce with a hefty side of trendy sauce of the moment: ranch. Be prepared for an extra set of napkins too when you order these guys: You’ll be getting the whole wing (aka the drumstick is still attached).
333 Douglass St., Brooklyn; 718-522-2110
Minton's chicken wings. Photo by Minton's.
For those interested in the game-day eats and less the game, jazz kitchen Minton’s in Harlem offers a special spicy wing from chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson. His extra crispy wings are seasoned in a spiced brine, dusted with rice flour and fried to golden goodness. The wings are then tossed in a housemade “jam” made from palm sugar, chiles and scallions. He adds a Southern spin to the traditional presentation of raw celery and carrots, adding okra, onion and bread and butter pickles to the mix.
206 W. 118th St.; 212-243-2222
Classic Buffalo wings at Dan & John's.
Dan and John’s Wings
Here’s the thing about Super Bowl Sunday, if you want a classic Buffalo wing — cayenne, vinegar and fried to perfection — Dan & John’s in the East Village is a pretty great bet. (The friends are from Buffalo after all.) Choose your spice level from mild to “Insane!,” plus sweet and spicy barbecue options, as well as vegetarian, boneless and bone-in options.
135 First Ave.; 212-858-9935
Edi & The Wolf and The Third Man
Austrian fare from top-rated chef Eduard Frauneder gets the football treatment on Sunday, when this East Village haunt brings in a projector screen for the game and adds balsamic honey glazed wings to the menu. The sweet, crispy wings have an added bite thanks to togarashi, aka Japanese for chile spice. Sister spot down the street, The Third Man, is also serving the wings and showing the game.
Edi & The Wolf, 102 Avenue C; 212-598-1040
The Third Man, 116 Avenue C; 212-598-1040
This tucked away spot in the East Village brings the heat to these wings fit for foodies. The wings, available only this Super Bowl Sunday, are smoked and then baked for some extra crunch. They’re then coated in a housemade sauce made with maple syrup, bacon bits and ground ancho chile, plus hints of cinnamon, bourbon and lime juice.
190 Avenue B, New York; 212-674-4500
Streetbird Rotisserie Uptown wings
Marcus Samuelsson's funky Harlem chicken mecca features "Uptown Wings" with an East and West Side take. Eastsiders get wings with a sweet ginger-black pepper rub, and West Side wings feature a super-secret, savory and spicy sauce. For Super Bowl Sunday wings are available in the buckets in Buffalo style or with the extra special Streetbird sauce.
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York; 212-206-2557
Ganso Ramen's Japanese inspired wings
Brooklyn's Ganso is known for its ramen but they also fry up some truly notable Japanese-inspired chicken wings as well. Utilizing a traditional Japanese fry batter, these wings have a crispy crust and are then drizzled in a sweet (but not too sweet) Ganso sauce.
25 Bond St., Brooklyn; 718-403-0900