Chicken wings at Long Island restaurants: Favorites, from the fancy to the fiery

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It's quite ironic when you consider that of all the birds of the world, the one whose wings we love the most belong to flightless fowl. But it's true: Chicken wings are a major foodstuff, and not just during football games. Though at some venues the in-demand limb is only a popular appetizer, at others it is the center of the business.

Available in all sorts of sauces and sizes, here are some recommended spots for wings -- from the upscale to the down-home -- on Long Island.

Crabtree's New York & Main

Crabtree's New York & Main, Huntington: Japanese-style chicken
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Crabtree's New York & Main, Huntington: Japanese-style chicken wings are brined in sake, mirin, ginger and turbinado sugar, then glazed with Thai sweet chili and ranch dressing at this eatery.

Clay Oven

Clay Oven, Hauppauge: Tandoori chicken wings are blistered
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Clay Oven, Hauppauge: Tandoori chicken wings are blistered to a beautiful char on the outside, resulting in a spicy red-tinged crust that gives way to meat that falls off the bone at this South Asian eatery.

Del Frisco's Grille

Del Frisco's Grille, Huntington Station: At this spot,
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Del Frisco's Grille, Huntington Station: At this spot, buffalo-style lollipop chicken wings are served with crumbled blue cheese and a side of avocado ranch dressing.

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The Grill

The Grill, Hauppauge: Try the oven-roasted, dry-rubbed chicken
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The Grill, Hauppauge: Try the oven-roasted, dry-rubbed chicken wings with jalapeno glaze and chipotle blue cheese at this Hauppauge eatery.

New York Burger Bar

New York Burger Bar, Massapequa: Honey BBQ wings
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New York Burger Bar, Massapequa: Honey BBQ wings tossed in a house-made sauce with a side of blue cheese are meaty, sticky and satisfying at this eatery.

The Rolling Spring Roll

The Rolling Spring Roll, Syosset: Among the starters
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The Rolling Spring Roll, Syosset: Among the starters at this spot, chicken wings are an exciting surprise, a rendition that sings with garlic and seduces with crispy rice-flour batter.

PeraBell Food Bar

PeraBell Food Bar, Patchogue: Fiery and addictive, PeraBell's
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PeraBell Food Bar, Patchogue: Fiery and addictive, PeraBell's chicken wings come in Buffalo (pictured), Mandarin, barbecue and Italian varieties.

BBD's

BBD's, Rocky Point: The very good confit chicken
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BBD's, Rocky Point: The very good confit chicken wings are served with Louisiana hot sauce and chunky blue cheese.

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Brixx & Barley

Brixx & Barley, Long Beach: A successful starter:
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Brixx & Barley, Long Beach: A successful starter: wings, with caramelized onions and garlic.

Joe's Garage & Grill

Joe's Garage and Grill, Riverhead: High-octane chicken wings
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Joe's Garage and Grill, Riverhead: High-octane chicken wings are dry-rubbed with pomegranate hoisin sauce and served with blue cheese, cusabi and ancho chile dressing.

Bobbique

Bobbique, Patchogue: Bobbique is consistently one of the
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Bobbique, Patchogue: Bobbique is consistently one of the best spots for barbecue on LI, and that includes the jumbo barbecue chicken wings.

Hurricane Grill and Wings

Hurricane Grill and Wings, Syosset: The laid-back chain
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Hurricane Grill and Wings, Syosset: The laid-back chain offers wings both boneless and bone-in, and you can order a sampler with up to four different flavors.

DirtyBurger

DirtyBurger, Plainview: Dirty dusted (right) and barbecue wings
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DirtyBurger, Plainview: Dirty dusted (right) and barbecue wings are served with ranch dip and veggie sticks; they're also available in classic Buffalo style.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple locations: With both bone-in
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Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple locations: With both bone-in and boneless varieties, the national chain offers some 21 wing varieties, from a mild salt-and-vinegar rub to the off-the-charts "blazin'" sauce. Long Island locations include North Babylon, Farmingdale, Centereach, Bay Shore, Hicksville and Riverhead.

Croxley's Great American Ale House & Beer Garden

Croxley's Great American Ale House & Beer Garden,
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Croxley's Great American Ale House & Beer Garden, Rockville Centre: Wing flavors range from cry like a baby to Italian stallion, Korean barbecue to tequila lime. Other LI locations are Croxley's Public House, Farmingdale; Croxley's Original Ale House, Franklin Square; and Croxley's Ale House & Biergarten, Smithtown.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, multiple locations: Here, chicken
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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, multiple locations: Here, chicken wings are served with caramelized onions and focaccia. Long Island locations include Bohemia, Carle Place, Commack, Great Neck, Wantagh, White Plains and Woodbury.

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