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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.

Brooklyn Wing House

Brooklyn Wing House (2441 Jericho Tpke., Garden City
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Brooklyn Wing House (2441 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park): Given what a boost it brings to wings, it's surprising how many places don't bother to marinate chicken parts before frying. This new place doesn't make that mistake, consistently turning out a plump, succulent base product that survives anything you might want to douse it in, and by anything, we mean the 17 flavors of sauces that are always on hand. More info: 516-636-5191

Bakuto

Bakuto (121 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst): The wings
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Bakuto (121 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst): The wings at this Japanese Izakaya pub are grilled, not fried (which requires much more skill), and unlike so many Western renditions of Asian food, not reliant on syrupy sweetness, only the balance of that holy trinity of soy, garlic and sesame. More info: 631-225-1760, bakutobar.com

Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails

Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails (655 Middle
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Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails (655 Middle Country Rd., St. James): Bourbon-maple-sriracha chicken wings, showered with shattered peanuts and wispy scallions, are intense and addictive at this eatery where the menu changes weekly. More info: 631-250-9616, huskandvineny.com 

MB Ramen

MB Ramen (335 New York Ave., Huntington): Sticky
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MB Ramen (335 New York Ave., Huntington): Sticky icky wings are tossed with Korean barbecue sauce and paired with shiso ranch dressing at this ramen shop. More info: 631-923-3176, mbramenshop.com 

Addy's BBQ

Addy's BBQ (799 Elmont Rd., Elmont): Jerk-flavored chicken
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Addy's BBQ (799 Elmont Rd., Elmont): Jerk-flavored chicken wings are served at this barbecue joint. More info: 516-285-6000, addysbbq.com 

Taj Indian Fusion

Taj Indian Fusion (1929 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh):
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Taj Indian Fusion (1929 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh): "Drums of heaven," Hong Kong-inspired sweet-spicy chicken wings, are a leading appetizer at this Indian eatery. More info: 516-900-1700, tajindianfusion.com 

Crabtree's New York & Main

Crabtree's New York & Main (330 New York
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Crabtree's New York & Main (330 New York Ave., 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. More info: 631-923-0920, crabtreesnyandmain.com 

Sempre Fame

Sempre Fame Gourmet Grill & BBQ Catering (374
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Sempre Fame Gourmet Grill & BBQ Catering (374 Tulip Ave., Floral Park): Smoked and fried wings are tossed in a combination of barbecue and Buffalo sauces at this barbecue spot. More info: 516-488-7900, semprefame.com 

Clay Oven

Clay Oven (multiple locations): Tandoori chicken wings are
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Clay Oven (multiple locations): 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 with locations in Smithtown (863 W. Jericho Tpke.) and Hauppauge (601 Veterans Memorial Hwy.). More info: clayovenhalal.com 

New York Burger Bar

New York Burger Bar (4225 Merrick Rd., Massapequa):
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New York Burger Bar (4225 Merrick Rd., Massapequa): Honey BBQ wings tossed in a house-made sauce with a side of blue cheese are meaty, sticky and satisfying at this eatery. More info: 516-799-9199, nyburgerbar.com 

The Rolling Spring Roll

The Rolling Spring Roll (multiple locations): Among the
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The Rolling Spring Roll (multiple locations): Among the starters at this spot, which has locations in Farmingdale (189 Main St.) and Syosset (228 W. Jericho Tpke.), chicken wings are an exciting surprise, a rendition that sings with garlic and seduces with crispy rice-flour batter. More info: therollingspringroll.com 

PeraBell Food Bar

PeraBell Food Bar (multiple locations): Fiery and addictive,
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PeraBell Food Bar (multiple locations): Fiery and addictive, PeraBell's chicken wings come in Buffalo (pictured), Mandarin, barbecue and Italian varieties at locations in Patchogue (69 E. Main St.) and Riverhead (65 E. Main St.). More info: perabellfoodbar.com 

Brixx & Barley

Brixx & Barley (152 W. Park Ave., Long
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Brixx & Barley (152 W. Park Ave., Long Beach): A successful starter: wings, with caramelized onions and garlic. More info: 516-544-4511, brixxandbarley.com 

Bobbique

Bobbique (70 W. Main St., Patchogue): Bobbique is
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Bobbique (70 W. Main St., Patchogue): Bobbique is consistently one of the best spots for barbecue on Long Island, and that includes the jumbo barbecue chicken wings. More info: 631-447-7744, bobbique.com 

Hurricane Grill and Wings

Hurricane Grill and Wings (multiple locations): The laid-back
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Hurricane Grill and Wings (multiple locations): The laid-back chain offers wings both boneless and bone-in, and you can order a sampler with up to four different flavors. More info: hurricanewings.com 

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. More info: buffalowildwings.com 

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 (multiple locations): Wing flavors range from cry like a baby to Italian stallion, Korean barbecue to tequila lime. More info: croxley.com 

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. More info: acfp.com 

Holy Smoke Grill

Holy Smoke Grill (3357 Merrick Rd., Wantagh) The
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Holy Smoke Grill (3357 Merrick Rd., Wantagh) The wings at this casual barbecue centric spot are meaty, available fried or grilled, then dredged in sauces including traditional spicy Buffalo to sweet teriyaki or garlic parmesan. You can get them on their own or as part of bargain-priced combo specials that might also include ribs, skewered meats and sides. More info: 516-557-2754

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