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Where to Get Wings in Greater Boston on Super Bowl Sunday

From Korean fried to Buffalo-style, these are the best wings in and around the Hub

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No Super Bowl snack spread is complete without chicken wings. Sure, the Patriots aren’t playing in this season’s rendition of the big game (Sunday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.), but sports fans all over will still be watching — and eating. Get your Super Bowl chicken wing fix — Buffalo-style, Jamaican-style, Korean-style, or otherwise — from one of these local restaurants.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors; Brookline and Salem have similar mandates, with Brookline’s also covering outdoor dining. Outside of these communities, venues with their own vaccination proof requirements are noted as such on this map.

This map was originally published on October 23, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Crying Thaiger

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Crispy, meaty, and strongly seasoned, the crying wings at Crying Thaiger deliver a balanced level of spice that will stick with you a bit without totally destroying your tastebuds for the rest of the meal. The menu is huge, but find room for the wings.

Meaty chicken wings with a breaded, fried crust sit on a wooden platter on a wooden table
Crying wings at Crying Thaiger.
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Newtowne Grille

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Newtowne Grille may have fancied itself up a bit during the pandemic, but the Cambridge institution hasn’t forgotten its dive bar roots, and staples like wings and pizza are still impeccable. For wings, choose from barbecue, sweet chile, Buffalo, and salt and pepper; bone-in and boneless are available.

Cambridge Common

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Ordinarily, wings and beers at Cambridge Common also meant the chance to catch some Balkan folk music at the Lizard Lounge downstairs. The lounge remains on hiatus due to the pandemic, but diners can still enjoy the Common’s great boneless Buffalo wings on the year-round patio (which is tended and heated) or inside. Try the Buffalo tofu or cauliflower, too, and don’t forget an order of classic tater tots. Proof of vaccination required indoors.

Monument Restaurant & Tavern

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Oftentimes the best chicken wings are fried, but Monument’s wood fire-roasted lemon rosemary wings, served with buttermilk ranch, may convert even the most diehard fried wing fan.

The Smoke Shop BBQ

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Andy Husbands may be known for his barbecue — brisket is a must at the Smoke Shop — but don’t overlook the wings, which are cooked with agave and pit spices. They’re some of the best in town. There’s also a hot version available, made with fermented habanero and brown butter, but nothing beats the sticky-sweet glaze on the agave version. Smoke Shop now has multiple locations: Cambridge’s Kendall Square (the original), Boston’s Fort Point, Somerville’s Assembly Row, Cambridge’s Harvard Square, and Boston’s West End (inside the Hub on Causeway’s Hub Hall food hall).

Three agave-glazed chicken wings sit on brown paper stamped with a Smoke Shop logo, which sits in a metal tray on a wooden table
Agave wings at the Smoke Shop.
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Buff's Pub

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According to Buffalonians, Buff’s is the closest it gets to real-deal Buffalo wings in the Boston area. Open over 40 years, this Newton Corner pub serves five heat levels of Buffalo wings and also has a few other sauce choices, including maple hot, garlic cheese Sriracha, honey barbecue, and more.

Bonchon Chicken

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Yes, it’s a chain. And yes, its wings are worthy of your dollars. Choose between soy garlic and spicy, or get half and half. Massachusetts locations include this one in Allston, plus Cambridge’s Harvard Square, Waltham, Lowell, and Salem.

A spread of hot chicken wings and drumsticks on a white background, with a small bowl of kimchi visible in the corner of the photo
Wings from Bonchon.
Bonchon

Coreanos

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The double-fried, shatteringly crisp wings with yang yum sauce at Coreanos might be the best in the entire city.

Fiya Chicken

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Allston is the spot for Korean fried chicken in Boston, and this award-winning newcomer solidifies that fact. Fiya Chicken offers twice-fried chicken in many forms (wing, tender, and sandwich). Get the wings, which come in four varieties: soy garlic, spicy garlic, cider honey mustard, and Fiya (which is hot).

Eight chicken wings are arranged in a circle on a white plate, pointing toward a small white bowl of dipping sauce in the middle.
Fiya Chicken’s wings.
Fiya Chicken

Crave - Mad for Chicken

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This Chinatown fusion eatery has a menu that includes salt and pepper squid, wonton mozzarella sticks, various sushi preparations, and duck bacon, among other dishes, but it’s the chicken wings you’re after here. Get them as a combo (wings and drumsticks), and try them tossed with spicy garlic sauce. There’s also a newer location in Allston.

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Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken.
Crave - Mad for Chicken

Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

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The sweet peach chile fried wings are the play at this classic South End haunt, but diners can also find plain, honey hot, and Carolina gold barbecue fried wings, as well as roasted spiced wings in a molasses soy glaze.

Slade’s Bar & Grill

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There’s often a reason to be skeptical when a restaurant’s own menu declares a dish to be “famous,” but the brag is warranted at decades-old Roxbury icon Slade’s, where the fried chicken wings, tossed in “secret seasonings,” rightfully get top billing. Or stop by on a Tuesday or Friday for the baked wings.

Penguin Pizza

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The duck pizza is sadly no longer an option at Penguin Pizza, but the crispy fried teriyaki wings are. (Also available in Buffalo and barbecue.) Penguin’s beer list is also one of the most vast and impressive in the city.

Blossom Bar

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Blossom Bar is already worth a visit for its tropical cocktails — some of the best cocktails in the Boston area — but its food is well worth a try, too, including the spicy, crispy Chengdu dry hot chicken wings, double-battered and wok-seared with garlic, ginger, and chiles.

Meaty fried chicken wings sit on a white plate, topped with chile flakes and strips of onions, peppers, and scallions
Chengdu dry hot chicken wings at Blossom Bar.
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Maxine's on Saint James

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Maxine’s on Saint James is situated just outside Nubian Square’s main drag and is turning out excellent Louisiana-inspired cuisine like shrimp po’ boys, jambalaya, and etouffee. The chicken wings — choose fried or roasted — are excellent, too, and come served with two side dishes (get the mac and cheese and the dirty rice.)

Jamaica Mi Hungry

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This Jackson Square spot — which originated as a food truck and recently added a pop-up location in Lower Allston (located at 182 Western Ave.) — is serving exceptional Jamaican street food, such as beef patties and jerk chicken wings. Indeed, the jerk wings — which are smoky, spicy, juicy, and tender, and served as an entree — are some of the best wings in the city.

Crying Thaiger

Meaty chicken wings with a breaded, fried crust sit on a wooden platter on a wooden table
Crying wings at Crying Thaiger.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Crispy, meaty, and strongly seasoned, the crying wings at Crying Thaiger deliver a balanced level of spice that will stick with you a bit without totally destroying your tastebuds for the rest of the meal. The menu is huge, but find room for the wings.

Meaty chicken wings with a breaded, fried crust sit on a wooden platter on a wooden table
Crying wings at Crying Thaiger.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Newtowne Grille

Newtowne Grille may have fancied itself up a bit during the pandemic, but the Cambridge institution hasn’t forgotten its dive bar roots, and staples like wings and pizza are still impeccable. For wings, choose from barbecue, sweet chile, Buffalo, and salt and pepper; bone-in and boneless are available.

Cambridge Common

Ordinarily, wings and beers at Cambridge Common also meant the chance to catch some Balkan folk music at the Lizard Lounge downstairs. The lounge remains on hiatus due to the pandemic, but diners can still enjoy the Common’s great boneless Buffalo wings on the year-round patio (which is tended and heated) or inside. Try the Buffalo tofu or cauliflower, too, and don’t forget an order of classic tater tots. Proof of vaccination required indoors.

Monument Restaurant & Tavern

Oftentimes the best chicken wings are fried, but Monument’s wood fire-roasted lemon rosemary wings, served with buttermilk ranch, may convert even the most diehard fried wing fan.

The Smoke Shop BBQ

Three agave-glazed chicken wings sit on brown paper stamped with a Smoke Shop logo, which sits in a metal tray on a wooden table
Agave wings at the Smoke Shop.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Andy Husbands may be known for his barbecue — brisket is a must at the Smoke Shop — but don’t overlook the wings, which are cooked with agave and pit spices. They’re some of the best in town. There’s also a hot version available, made with fermented habanero and brown butter, but nothing beats the sticky-sweet glaze on the agave version. Smoke Shop now has multiple locations: Cambridge’s Kendall Square (the original), Boston’s Fort Point, Somerville’s Assembly Row, Cambridge’s Harvard Square, and Boston’s West End (inside the Hub on Causeway’s Hub Hall food hall).

Three agave-glazed chicken wings sit on brown paper stamped with a Smoke Shop logo, which sits in a metal tray on a wooden table
Agave wings at the Smoke Shop.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Buff's Pub

According to Buffalonians, Buff’s is the closest it gets to real-deal Buffalo wings in the Boston area. Open over 40 years, this Newton Corner pub serves five heat levels of Buffalo wings and also has a few other sauce choices, including maple hot, garlic cheese Sriracha, honey barbecue, and more.

Bonchon Chicken

A spread of hot chicken wings and drumsticks on a white background, with a small bowl of kimchi visible in the corner of the photo
Wings from Bonchon.
Bonchon

Yes, it’s a chain. And yes, its wings are worthy of your dollars. Choose between soy garlic and spicy, or get half and half. Massachusetts locations include this one in Allston, plus Cambridge’s Harvard Square, Waltham, Lowell, and Salem.

A spread of hot chicken wings and drumsticks on a white background, with a small bowl of kimchi visible in the corner of the photo
Wings from Bonchon.
Bonchon

Coreanos

The double-fried, shatteringly crisp wings with yang yum sauce at Coreanos might be the best in the entire city.

Fiya Chicken

Eight chicken wings are arranged in a circle on a white plate, pointing toward a small white bowl of dipping sauce in the middle.
Fiya Chicken’s wings.
Fiya Chicken

Allston is the spot for Korean fried chicken in Boston, and this award-winning newcomer solidifies that fact. Fiya Chicken offers twice-fried chicken in many forms (wing, tender, and sandwich). Get the wings, which come in four varieties: soy garlic, spicy garlic, cider honey mustard, and Fiya (which is hot).

Eight chicken wings are arranged in a circle on a white plate, pointing toward a small white bowl of dipping sauce in the middle.
Fiya Chicken’s wings.
Fiya Chicken

Crave - Mad for Chicken

A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken.
Crave - Mad for Chicken

This Chinatown fusion eatery has a menu that includes salt and pepper squid, wonton mozzarella sticks, various sushi preparations, and duck bacon, among other dishes, but it’s the chicken wings you’re after here. Get them as a combo (wings and drumsticks), and try them tossed with spicy garlic sauce. There’s also a newer location in Allston.

A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken.
Crave - Mad for Chicken

Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

The sweet peach chile fried wings are the play at this classic South End haunt, but diners can also find plain, honey hot, and Carolina gold barbecue fried wings, as well as roasted spiced wings in a molasses soy glaze.

Slade’s Bar & Grill

There’s often a reason to be skeptical when a restaurant’s own menu declares a dish to be “famous,” but the brag is warranted at decades-old Roxbury icon Slade’s, where the fried chicken wings, tossed in “secret seasonings,” rightfully get top billing. Or stop by on a Tuesday or Friday for the baked wings.

Penguin Pizza

The duck pizza is sadly no longer an option at Penguin Pizza, but the crispy fried teriyaki wings are. (Also available in Buffalo and barbecue.) Penguin’s beer list is also one of the most vast and impressive in the city.

Blossom Bar

Meaty fried chicken wings sit on a white plate, topped with chile flakes and strips of onions, peppers, and scallions
Chengdu dry hot chicken wings at Blossom Bar.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Blossom Bar is already worth a visit for its tropical cocktails — some of the best cocktails in the Boston area — but its food is well worth a try, too, including the spicy, crispy Chengdu dry hot chicken wings, double-battered and wok-seared with garlic, ginger, and chiles.

Meaty fried chicken wings sit on a white plate, topped with chile flakes and strips of onions, peppers, and scallions
Chengdu dry hot chicken wings at Blossom Bar.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Maxine's on Saint James

Maxine’s on Saint James is situated just outside Nubian Square’s main drag and is turning out excellent Louisiana-inspired cuisine like shrimp po’ boys, jambalaya, and etouffee. The chicken wings — choose fried or roasted — are excellent, too, and come served with two side dishes (get the mac and cheese and the dirty rice.)

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Jamaica Mi Hungry

This Jackson Square spot — which originated as a food truck and recently added a pop-up location in Lower Allston (located at 182 Western Ave.) — is serving exceptional Jamaican street food, such as beef patties and jerk chicken wings. Indeed, the jerk wings — which are smoky, spicy, juicy, and tender, and served as an entree — are some of the best wings in the city.

Related Maps