8 Must-Try Wings in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  February 3, 2016

It's Super Bowl week and wings are undoubtedly on your mind. But instead of the usual humdrum barroom variety, check out these eight restaurants offering elevated takes on the game-day classic.

  • Streetbird Rotisserie

    Marcus Samuelsson's funky Harlem chicken mecca features Mr. J's Chicken Wings, a recipe from Jarobi White, a former member of Tribe Called Quest. The crispy chicken is tossed in a honey-citrus sauce and served with sliced cucumbers.  

    2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 212-206-2557

  • Dan and John's Wings

    This East Village joint with Buffalo-born owners and Smorgasburg roots specializes in wings, offering traditional, boneless and vegetarian varieties. Choose your heat level, ranging from mild to "insane!" or opt for spicy or sweet BBQ flavor. Their Super Bowl wing platters for takeout are already sold out but you can enjoy them inside the restaurant anytime.

    135 First Ave.; 212-858-9935

  • Fung Tu

    ​At this American-Chinese eatery on the Lower East Side, chefs Jonathan Wu and Matt John Wells put an English pub spin on the classic wing. They fry up wingettes and drumettes and toss them with lager, mustard, dried mustard powder, sherry vinegar, cayenne, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and a few other secret ingredients. The result is a sweet, spicy and savory flavor bomb that doesn't require a game day to enjoy.

    22 Orchard St.; 212-219-8785

  • Nicoletta

    At Michael White's East Village pizza joint inspired by his Wisconsin childhood, the Italian master toque also takes on the classic American chicken wing. The spicy double fried chicken wings are glazed in Calabrian chiles and honey and served with a blue cheese crema.

    160 Second Ave.; 212-432-1600

  • Ganso 

    Brooklyn's Ganso is known for their 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

  • Toro

    At the Barcelona-inspired Chelsea hot spot, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette brought their smoked duck drumettes with quince glaze down from the Boston location due to popular demand.

    85 10th Ave.; 212-691-2360

  • Boilermaker

    This industry hang, which briefly transformed into a beachy Christmas pop-up bar for the month of December, offers three different wing varieties, BBQ, spicy and a "secret" third option (just ask for "secret wings") featuring a curry spice rub. Dip them in sauces like blue cheese, ranch and curry ranch.

    13 First Ave.; 212-995-5400

  • Mighty Quinn's

    While most flock to this mecca of Texalina 'cue for the slow-cooked brisket, the spicy chicken wings are the real sleeper stunner at the many outposts of Hugh Mangum's BBQ chainlet. 

    Multiple locations