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

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.

MB Ramen

MB Ramen, Huntington: Sticky icky wings are
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MB Ramen, Huntington: Sticky icky wings are tossed with Korean barbecue sauce and paired with shiso ranch dressing at this ramen shop.

Addy's BBQ

Addy's BBQ, Elmont: Jerk-flavored chicken wings are served
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Addy's BBQ, Elmont: Jerk-flavored chicken wings are served at this barbecue joint.

Taj Indian Fusion

Taj Indian Fusion, Wantagh:
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Taj Indian Fusion, Wantagh: "Drums of heaven," Hong Kong-inspired sweet-spicy chicken wings, are a leading appetizer at this Indian eatery.

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.

Sempre Fame

Sempre Fame Gourmet Grill & BBQ Catering, Floral
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Sempre Fame Gourmet Grill & BBQ Catering, Floral Park: Smoked and fried wings are tossed in a combination of barbecue and Buffalo sauces at this barbecue spot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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