325 Fifth Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd streets), Manhattan
The first Korean fried-chicken specialist to land in New York still rocks, spicy or soy-garlic style.
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113 Ludlow Street (between Delancey and Rivington streets), Manhattan
The signature Filipino-style wings are slow-cooked à la adobo, crisped in the fryer, and topped with coconut sauce.
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MISSION CHINESE FOOD
154 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Stanton streets), Manhattan
Chongqing wings get a fiery rub of Sichuan pepper, cumin, and more. Crisp-fried tripe puts them over the top.
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MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR
171 First Avenue (between E. 10th and 11th streets), Manhattan
Look for smoked wings—punched up with garlic and pickled chile—on the late-night menu and sometimes at lunch.
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NEW WORLD MALL FOOD COURT
Lower level, 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue (between Main and Union streets), Flushing, Queens
Spicy BBQ wings at stall number 25—which hawks Korean-Chinese Yanbian dishes—are meaty and savory, coated with chile and cumin.
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POK POK NY
127 Columbia Street (between Kane and Degraw streets), Brooklyn
These hound-endorsed wings, a Vietnamese-style import from the original Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon, are sweet, sticky, and seasoned with fish sauce and garlic.
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TANGRA ASIAN FUSION
39-23 Queens Boulevard (at 39th Place), Sunnyside, Queens
Lollypop drumettes, prepared Chinese-style by way of Calcutta, are spiced, battered, fried, and served with irresistible chile mayo.
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144 W. 19th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), Manhattan
Nagoya-style seasoning with soy, black pepper, and sesame seeds delivers plenty of flavor, minus cayenne heat.
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UNIDENTIFIED FLYING CHICKENS
71-22 Roosevelt Avenue (near 72nd Street), Jackson Heights, Queens
This whimsically named Korean spot offers BBQ mustard and sweet-spicy flavors alongside the usual hot and soy-garlic styles.
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