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NYC’s Best Asian Chicken Wings

NYC’s Best Asian Chicken Wings

Check out these nine spots in New York City where the Asian-style chicken wings rule, according to buzz on the Manhattan and Outer Boroughs Chowhound boards. We've listed them in alphabetical order: BONCHON CHICKEN325 Fifth Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd streets), Manhattan 212-686-8282 The first Korean fried-chicken specialist to land in New York still rocks, spicy or soy-garlic style.#1 on map KUMA INN113 Ludlow Street (between Delancey and Rivington streets), Manhattan 212-353-8866 The signature Filipino-style wings are slow-cooked à la adobo, crisped in the fryer, and topped with coconut sauce.#2 on map MISSION CHINESE FOOD154 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Stanton streets), Manhattan 212-529-8800 Chongqing wings get a fiery rub of Sichuan pepper, cumin, and more. Crisp-fried tripe puts them over the top.#3 on map READ MORE

Austin’s Best BBQ Joints

Austin’s Best BBQ Joints

When it comes to barbecue in Austin, the only thing Chowhounds can agree on is that anyone wanting to find the best should leave time to try as many spots as possible. Behold, in alphabetical order, 12 places that have racked up praise on Chowhound in the past nine months. BLACK'S BARBECUE 215 N. Main Street, Lockhart512-398-2712 It's worth a drive just for the beef ribs. #1 on map COOPER'S OLD TIME PIT BAR-B-QUE604 W. Young Street, Llano325-247-5713 A nice drive in the springtime, go for the mesquite barbecue brisket and sausage. #2 on map FRANKLIN BARBECUE900 E. 11th Street, Austin512-653-1187 Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, it's a current barbecue hot spot. Get there early. #3 on map READ MORE

San Francisco’s Best Beer Bars

San Francisco’s Best Beer Bars

San Francisco is one of America's best cities for draining a pint. Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of Bay Area craft beer places Chowhounds are talking about. Visit Chowhound to join the discussion. AMSTERDAM CAFE937 Geary Street, San Francisco 415-409-1111 This low-key bar in the Tenderloin is within walking distance of many Union Square hotels—enjoy the open-air café atmosphere and the extensive bottle list.#1 on map BEER REVOLUTION464 3rd Street, Oakland 510-452-2337 One of Oakland's "ridiculously awesome" beer bars.#2 on map CHURCH KEY1402 Grant Avenue, San Francisco 415-963-1713 While there are only a few beers on tap, they're all quality choices, and the extensive bottle list helps round out your choices at this seldom-crowded North Beach bar.#3 on map READ MORE

LA’s Best Spots for Ramen

LA’s Best Spots for Ramen

Here, in alphabetical order, are nine ramen shops generating excitement recently on Chowhound. What are the places where you like to slurp? Jump into a discussion on the Los Angeles Chowhound board. JIDAIYA18537 South Western Avenue, Gardena 310-532-0999 A favorite for tonkotsu, with thick, noncurly noodles that pack a real punch.#1 on map KOTOYA RAMEN11901 Santa Monica Boulevard #111, Los Angeles 310-477-1199 The tonkotsu broth got great reviews during this restaurant's soft opening.#2 on map MENYA IROHA1740 West Artesia Boulevard, Gardena No phone number available The first US branch of a famous Japanese chain, known for its delicate chicken-based soy broth.#3 on map READ MORE

New York City’s Best Ice Cream Shops

New York City’s Best Ice Cream Shops

In this sweltering summer, New Yorkers are naturally chilling with ice cream. Here's the scoop on nine New York ice cream spots, listed alphabetically, that CHOW readers have mentioned in recent Chowhound discussions. ARTISANAL CREAMERY66­40 Myrtle Avenue (near 66th Place), Glendale, Queens 718­-821-­2788 In a sleepy corner of Queens, traditional flavors star, in both cones and shakes. BIG GAY ICE CREAM SHOP125 E. Seventh Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), Manhattan 212­-533-­9333 This brick­-and­-mortar offshoot of a popular truck goes big with toppings, like dulce de leche and sea salt on the Salty Pimp. BROOKLYN ICE CREAM FACTORY1 Water Street (at Old Fulton Street), Brooklyn 718-­246-­3963 Enjoy old­-fashioned scoops—and sweeping river and skyline views—near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. READ MORE

London’s Best Pubs

London’s Best Pubs

Pubs are everywhere in the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics: They're meeting spots for friends, destinations for evening meals and Sunday roasts, and great places to sample the range of beers, ales, and ciders that Britain has to offer. As Chowhounds in London are quick to point out, there are some pubs with great food, others with great beer, and still more with great atmosphere—qualities that don’t always converge. This list of 10 London pubs (listed alphabetically) offers a balance of all three: Each is in either Zone 1 or 2, is walking distance from a Tube station, and has been recommended by multiple hounds within the past six months. While lots more pubs show up on the U.K./Ireland Chowhound board, these 10 are a great start for visitors and locals alike. READ MORE

San Francisco’s Best Ice Cream

For a city that rarely gets hot, San Francisco offers plenty of places to cool down with ice cream. If there's one generalization about frozen treats in this foggy town, it's that they all have a strong focus on flavor. Whether it's durian gelato from Marco Polo, salted caramel from Bi-Rite, or Humphry Slocombe's infamous Secret Breakfast, there's nothing boring about San Francisco scoops. Here are nine San Francisco ice cream spots, listed alphabetically, all mentioned repeatedly by CHOW readers in recent Chowhound threads (click the links to find out more). What are your favorites? Jump into a discussion on the San Francisco Bay Area Chowhound board. BI-RITE CREAMERY3692 18th Street, San Francisco415-626-5600 Legendary for long lines that reach as far as Dolores Park on sunny days, Bi-Rite churns out high-butterfat ice cream in vivid flavors that's well worth the wait. READ MORE

Boston’s Best Lobster Rolls

Boston’s Best Lobster Rolls

Like a lot of us who live nowhere near New England, Chowhounds in Greater Boston are passionate about summer’s quintessential shore food, the lobster roll: succulent hunks of the clawed crustacean mixed with celery, dressed with mayo, and heaped into a toasted and buttered bun. And while you could certainly argue that the nation’s best lobster rolls are a specialty of Maine, there’s no doubt that Boston hounds spend a lot of time debating the merits of their city’s finest. Here are seven, listed alphabetically, from within a 5-mile radius of downtown Boston, that CHOW readers have talked about in the past six months (click the links to find out more). Want to share your own opinions? Jump into a discussion on the Boston Chowhound board. And if you’d like to try your hand at lobster rolls, check out this recipe from the CHOW Test Kitchen. Happy summer! READ MORE

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