Best Wings on the Upper West Side

Best Wings on the Upper West Side

Okay, so this is an endlessly debatable topic.  As a huge consumer of wings, I like them even when they’re bad.  But there are a few key venues which many agree are the best starting points for those seeking the best wings on the Upper West Side.

Blondies Sports

212 W 79th St

We have to start with the chicken champion of NYC. Blondie’s is a popular place to watch sports, and their wings are even more popular.  Winning combination!

Monday night special:  all the wings you can eat for $19.95!  You’ll need to be really hungry to break even, but it’s a tempting challenge.

Flavors include classic buffalo, Honey Mustard, Barbecue, Honey Barbecue, and Garlic.

Available heat levels: Weak, Plain, Mild, Medium, Hot, Smoking, Scorching&Co.

Blondies Wings


Koko Wings

248 West 106th Street

This Korean wing specialist serves spectacular fried wings, all of which come from 100% vegetarian-fed chickens.

Flavors include original crispy, soy garlic, and hot spicy.

If wings aren’t your chicken preference, you can also get drumsticks or strips.


Best Wings on the Upper West Side


Playa Betty’s

320 Amsterdam Ave

This Cali-style Mexican joint may be more known for their delectable frozen margaritas, but their wings are really quite great. Their “Rad Wings” are sweet and spicy, made with a classic Catalina dressing.

Best Wings on the Upper West Side


Emerald Inn

250 West 72nd Street

This friendly, family-run Irish bar has been a staple of the Upper West Side since 1943 (though their old location was on Columbus Ave). While they stick with the two basic options of mild or spicy, that’s all you’ll need. And during their happy hour (4-7pm daily), you can get them for 50 cents a pop!

Best Wings on the Upper West Side


Lion’s Head Tavern

995 Amsterdam Ave

This Columbia bar offers their “famous wings” as the first item on their menu.

Wing hotness levels include mild, medium, hot, nuclear, and ass-burner.

Flavor options are cajun, BBQ and teriyaki.

Lion’s Head has plenty of TV screens, cool wall decorations and an elevated back room.

Best Wings on the Upper West Side


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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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