The 8 Best Chicken Wing Spots in Boston

Nilam Mukherjee | January 29, 2021 | Food & Drink

Best Chicken Wings Boston

Everyone knows chicken wings aren't meant to be eaten gracefully – but you could always try. These small, filling and messy morsels are worth getting your face and fingers dirty.

Whether you take yours tangy and sweet or impossibly spicy, fried to a crisp or baked soft, made of actual chicken or something plant-based, chicken wings are undoubtedly an American classic. Of course, chicken wings are incomplete without the sauce, and that opens a whole new world of possibilities.

As a big sports town, Boston sure does know how to cook a mean chicken wings. Below, you'll find a list of our top favorites with an array of fun and mouthwateringly-flavorful sauces.

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Crying Thaiger

114 Ferry St. / Website

Cleverly named Crying Thaiger, this Thai eatery will see your level of spice and raise you more than double. If you’re up for the challenge, we recommend their specialty ‘Crying Wings’ – not enough spiciness to completely obliterate your tastebuds, but it might bring a tear to your eye. For those who are new to the world of spice (or just don't even wanna go there), try their Thai or Nampla Wings for an equally savory and satisfying meal. To any vegetarians reading this article – no judgment. Their Crying Meatless Wings offers a tasty plant-based alternative. Teary eyed or not, you'll be coming back for seconds.

Crave – Mad for Chicken

75 Kneeland St. / Website

This trendy, laid-back restaurant located in Chinatown creates downright delicious sauces to customize your wing experience. Have their 'Mad for Chicken' wings or drums, lathered in sauces at levels of spice ranging from Mad (soy garlic) to Suicide (super spicy garlic). They’ve also got BBQ and classic Buffalo flavors. Enjoy your wings with a drink from their full bar to extinguish the spice.

Bonchon Chicken

123 Brighton Ave. / Website

This popular Korean restaurant is known to set the golden standard for fried chicken. Choose from wings, boneless, drums or strips and combined with your choice of four sauces. Have them with a side of french fries, onion rings or zucchini fries. With perfect portion sizes for both large and small groups, there will be plenty to go around the table.

Buff's Pub

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317 Washington St. / Website

Need to expand your range of flavors? Buff’s Pub has got your back with sauces galore. Some of our favorites include the spicy teriyaki, garlic cheese sriracha and maple hot. They’ve also got buffalo sauce, ranging from mild to x-tra hot. If you’re still feeling hungry, there are some sides you can enjoy, but the main star of the show is undoubtedly the wings.

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172 Brighton Ave. / Website

Take a break from your traditional style of wings. Coreanos opens your world to an overwhelming selection of tasty Korean style sauces. Some of their specialty sauce flavors include yang yum, spicy garlic, sweet garlic, and more.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 W Broadway / Website

On Wednesdays, we eat wings! Don’t miss out on Lincoln Tavern’s Wednesday weekly bonchon style wings, with six rotating sauces for some fun surprises. The rest of the week, this South Boston restaurant offers a set of spicy wings that will win your heart over. Cozy-up with your favorite comfort food alongside friends and family.

The Smoke Shop BBQ

343 Congress St. / Website

To say that the Smoke Shop BBQ does chicken wings justice would be an understatement. Famous for their HOT wings spruced up with fermented habanero, and wings containing agave and pit splices, you can feel free to mix and match to keep the spices at bay – or not. It’s your call. Check out their extensive whiskey list, too. We recommend their BBQ fries to munch on as a side.

Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St. / Website

Known for their fried chicken and exotic tiki drinks, Highland Fried never disappoints a wing lover. Their fried chicken and extra spicy Nashville hot chicken come with your choice of three sauces, and each flavor will keep you double-dunking for more.

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