#1 (Tie): Bonnie's Grill
Skin Crispness: 4. Most awesomely crisp, but some had a bit of flabby skin still underneath.
Juiciness: 4. Plenty of juicy, meaty chicken.
Sauce flavor: 4. A great vinegar-pepper balance; it tasted like Frank's.
Portion size: 4 points. 10 wings, $7.95; 20 wings, $12.95, and they're big.
Overall Satisfaction: 7.5. Big but not too big, doused in sauce but not made soggy by them, served crisp and steaming-hot. Classic and satisfying.
Total Score: 23.5/30 points
Heat level: 4/5: even the medium makes your mouth tingle.
Blue cheese/celery: Celery was nice and crisp; carrots looked a little older; blue cheese was a little thin.
#1 (Tie): Wogies
Skin Crispness: 4 points. Nice even crunch until the last wing.
Juiciness: 3.5 points. The flats had plenty of juice, but the drumettes verged on dry.
Sauce flavor: 4 points. Good balance of vinegar and spice. Could have used a little more sauce.
Portion size: 3.5 points. 10 wings, $8.25; 20 wings, $16; 50 wings, $39; 100 wings, $75
Overall Satisfaction: 8.5 points. Wings that are served in a classic way without feeling generic, in a sports bar that feels the same way.
Total Score: 23.5/30 points.
Heat level: 3/5: it slowly built up, but was by no means unbearable at any point.
Blue cheese/celery: Fresh celery, and bottled, but chunky blue cheese.
#3: The Wing Bar
Skin Crispness: 4.5. Deliciously, gloriously crisp all over.
Juiciness: 3. Some wings are a teeny bit on the dry side; others are bang-on.
Sauce flavor: 4. Totally classic with a good heat-vinegar balance.
Portion size: 4 points. 10 Wings, $7.50; 20 Wings, $14, and they're reasonably big.
Overall Satisfaction: 7.5. When these things are fresh, the first crunch can't be beat; that said, we could've used a little more sauce and, on a few wings, a little less cookin'.
Total Score: 23/30 points
Heat level: 3/5: The medium lets you know it's hot sauce, but doesn't set your mouth aflame.
Blue cheese/celery: 4.5. Crisp veggies and a thick, flavorful blue cheese dressing that tastes like blue cheese, not goop.
The Wing Bar: 275 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map); 212-237-2728
#4: Landsdowne Road
Skin Crispness: 5 points. By far the crispest wings we tried.
Juiciness: 4.5 points. Very juicy, even the drumettes.
Sauce flavor: 1 points. What little sauce there was tasted of all heat, no vinegar kick, no buttery richness.
Portion size: 4.5 points 12 wings, $7.95; 24 wings, $12.95; 50 wings, $23.95, and really big.
Overall Satisfaction: 7.5 points. Crisp skin goes a long way. If only we could bring our own sauce, these'd be the best in the city.
Total Score: 22.5/30 points.
Heat level: 4 points. There wasn't much sauce, but it packed a punch!
Blue cheese/celery: Celery was crisp, but looked like it had been sitting in water for a long time. The blue cheese was bottled.
Skin Crispness: 3 points. Moderately crisp, but with a few soft spots here and there.
Juiciness: 3 points. Juicy flats, dry drumettes!
Sauce flavor: 4 points. Classic Frank's flavor, well-balanced with butter.
Portion size: 2 points. 10 wings, $9.95; 20 wings, $16.95; 50 wings $38.95; 100 wings, $69.95
Overall Satisfaction: 7 points. Very solid wings, if subtly flawed in a few areas.
Total Score: 19/30 points.
Heat level: 3/5, Their medium was totally bearable.
Blue cheese/celery: Very fresh and crisp celery, generic bottled gloppy blue cheese dressing.
#6: The Wing Wagon
Skin Crispness: 3.5. A good bit of crunch, though with some flabby areas.
Juiciness: 3.5. When you get meat, it's juicy, but it's hard to get meat.
Sauce flavor: 2.5. The medium ends up tasting more like grease with a little hot sauce accent. The "hot," however, is well-integrated with good flavor and a nice burn.
Portion size: 3 points. 10, $7.50; 20, $14.50, but they're small.
Overall Satisfaction: 6. Chicken wings don't have to be huge and unwieldy, but you shouldn't feel like you're just eating skin on bone, either.
Total Score: 18.5/30 points
Heat level: Mediums are barely identifiable as hot wings. Hot is about a 3: lip-tingling, not burning.
Blue cheese/celery: Limp celery and thin, gloopy blue cheese.
The Wing Wagon: 351 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 1238 (map); 212-398-0501
#7: Buffalo Boss
Skin Crispness: 3.5 points. What little skin there was was crisp enough to start.
Juiciness: 4 points. These wings were tiny, but they packed some juice!
Sauce flavor: 3 points. It had an odd sweetness to it, but was otherwise balanced.
Portion size: 1 point. 5 wings, $4.50; 10 wings, $8; 15 wings $12; 20 wings, $15; and the wings are miniscule.
Overall Satisfaction: 6 points. We admire that they use organic chicken, and they taste good, but the diminutive drumettes left us wondering, "What are these, buffalo wings for ants?"
Total Score: 17.5/30 points.
Heat level: 4/5. Hot!
Blue cheese/celery: Pretty standard celery and chunky blue cheese. Ranch available, too.
Buffalo Boss: 554 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 212-624-2677
Honorable Mention: Blind Tiger
We felt Blind Tiger deserved a special mention because while their wings aren't traditional, they were the best "homemade" buffalo wings we tried. With a smoky, hot, and vinegary sauce and homemade real blue cheese dressing, their wings might not have the Frank's Red Hot comfort we're looking for in classic wings, but we'd still happily down a bucket of'em during the game!