8 Killer Wings to Try Around Boston

From buttermilk-brined to Korean fried, these tasty bites are downright addictive
January 30, 2018
by Scott Kearnan

Whether you're craving traditional Buffalo-style wings or a spicy-sweet rendition lacquered with Sriracha-honey, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favorite wings around town. 

Nom numb wings at Sumiao Hunan Kitchen 

Test the mettle of your taste buds with the aptly named nom numb wings (emphasis on "numb"), pictured at page top, at this Hunan cuisine specialist in Kendall Square. They're seasoned with dried hot chile and peppercorn oil to tongue-tingling effect.

270 Third St., Cambridge; 617-945-0907

Courtesy of Brian Samuels Photography/Hojoko

Yakitori chicken wings at Hojoko
​It may come from the same team behind Downtown's ultra-luxe sushi palace O Ya, but Hojoko is a casual, kicky affair better suited for its Fenway-neighborhood locale. And naturally, it has some killer wings on its robata menu. They're marinated in shio koji, cooked on a skewer over an open fire, glazed in house tare and sprinkled with togarashi. Perfection.

1271 Boylston St.; 617-670-0507

Courtesy of Troquet on South

Sriracha-honey chicken wings at Troquet on South
In a restaurant landscape trending casual, Troquet maintained its white-tablecloth approach even after relocating last year from its longtime Boston Common address to a triple-sized new space in the Leather District. But this classy joint, noted for its extensive, superior wine list, still appreciates a great chicken wing — albeit in fancified form, lacquered with Sriracha-honey and served with spicy yam fries and buttermilk pineapple aïoli.

107 South St.; 617-695-9463

Korean fried chicken wings at Deadhorse Hill
In a matter of weeks, we expect to see doors swing open at Simjang, a Korean-American restaurant from the team behind Worcester's Deadhorse Hill — and one of our most anticipated newcomers of the year. Impatient? Good news: You can already preview one of the menu items at Deadhorse. Stop in for these twice-fried (and gluten-free!) wings with gochujang, a vibrant hot sauce. Simjang will have a few other wings too, including Korean fried salt and pepper chicken wings and sweet wings with roasted garlic. 

281 Main St., Worcester; 774-420-7107

Courtesy of Uni

Buffalo blowfish tails at Uni
OK, OK. These aren't actually wings — these are blowfish tails. But we had to cheat and include them here, because at Back Bay's Uni, chef Tony Messina serves them in a form totally inspired by Buffalo wings: brined with buttermilk and Sapporo beer, crusted in cereal and served with blue cheese and pickled celery. In Japan, potentially poisonous blowfish is a delicacy that requires special handling by licensed chefs. Locally, chefs use a toxin-free species, the Northern Puffer — and Messina's approach makes it even more, well, approachable.

370 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-536-7200

Moroccan chicken wings at Area Four Boston
Wings tend to be messy affairs. Not so the Moroccan-style eats available at the South End location of Area Four. Instead of being slathered in sauce, these wings use a light but crispy ras el hanout dry rub, a spice blend equal parts "heat" and "sweet." They're splashed with lime and topped with mint for an even more transportive flavor profile.

264 E. Berkeley St.; 857-317-4805

Courtesy of Kellene Ratko/Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

Spicy wings at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Since the doors opened at this super-popular Southie restaurant in 2012, the spicy wings have earned quite a following for their jumbo size, smoky flavor (imbued by the wood-fired grill) and special house rub. But now, for the first time, they're available in large quantity to-go form for game days and other parties. Get 40 wings for $50 or 80 for $100; they'll come with a pint of blue cheese and celery, ensuring your soiree is a touchdown.

425 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-765-8636

Crispy chicken wings at Citrus & Salt
Hell's Kitchen alum Jason Santos flavors the chicken wings at his newest Back Bay restaurant with inflections of the spot's signature coastal Mexican cuisine — but he also finds a way to imbue the New Orleans–inspired fare found at his other recent opening, Buttermilk & Bourbon. Behold these crispy chicken wings with roasted green chiles, refried black beans and a white (mayo-based) BBQ sauce.

142 Berkeley St.; 833-324-8787

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