Slideshow: 10 Fancy Wings We Love in NYC (Non-Buffalo Edition)

Chongqing Chicken Wings at Mission Chinese Food
Chongqing Chicken Wings at Mission Chinese Food
Mission Chinese Food's version of Chonqing Chicken with Chilies uses meaty wings that are deep fried, frozen overnight, then deep fried again for an extra-crisp crust. They're tossed with a potent sweet-hot powder flavored with cumin and fennel, and arrive at your table under a massive pile of fragrant toasted chilies. What are those little brown nubs scattered around? Extra-crisp tripe, of course.

Mission Chinese Food: 154 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002 (map); 212-529-8800; missionchinesefood.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Gyoza Wings at Debasaki
Gyoza Wings at Debasaki
'Gyoza' wings are offered in a variety of ways. They're de-boned, then stuffed with either hot peppers, shrimp, corn, or a vegetable medley. These flavors can be ordered individually, but it's much more thrilling to roll the dice and order a combination. Spicy, delicious, and no bones!

Debasaki: 3367 Farrington Street, Flushing, NY 11354 (map); 718-886-6878; debasaki.com

[Photograph: Chris Hansen]

Hirata Wings at Ippudo
Hirata Wings at Ippudo
Hirata Chicken Wings aren't the biggest portion for $7, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in flavor. A dark honey glaze and generous grind of black pepper coats extremely tender meat and a crispy skin.

Ippudo: 65 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-388-0088; ippudo.com

[Photograph: Ben Fishner]

Wings at Kyochon
Wings at Kyochon
Don't go to Kyochon expecting poultry perfection, but the sweet and spicy seasoning on the fried chicken packs a serious punch.

Kyochon:319 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-725-9292; kyochon.com

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

Wings at Ducks Eatery
Wings at Ducks Eatery
Chicken Wings here are rubbed with spices that give them a smoky, earthy flavor. The lime wedges on the side are not for show; they give an essential brightness that would otherwise be missing. The wings come with their tips on, and are just soft enough for nibbling.

Ducks Eatery:351 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-982-8802; duckseatery.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Tebasaki Wings at Kasadela Izakaya
Tebasaki Wings at Kasadela Izakaya
We'll call these tribute wings: Kasadela remains closed after hurricane Sandy, but we're hopeful that they'll be able to re-open. And when they do, we'll be first in line for these peppery wings.

The word Azuki Yamashita uses to describe the combination of black pepper, garlic, and soy sauce that coats her Japanese-style wings is "harmony." They're a labor of love; fried once, then again to order, and tossed in the addictive sauce, with plenty of black pepper on top.

Kasadela:647 East 11th Street, New York NY 10009 (map); 212-777-1582; kasadela.com

[Photograph: Liza de Guia]

Wango Tango Wings at Dinosaur Barbecue
Wango Tango Wings at Dinosaur Barbecue
Dinosaur Barbecue doesn't rush. After the wings are treated with a homemade spice rub, they're smoked for about two hours and grilled to order. They're also huge as far as wings go; they're really pieces of barbecue chicken. And when dressed with sweet and spicy Wango Tango sauce, they make for one of the city's more impressive non-Buffalo wings.

Dinosaur Barbecue: 700 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 (map); 212-694-1777; dinosaurbarbecue.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Ike's Wings at Pok Pok NY
Ike's Wings at Pok Pok NY
Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings are marinated in fish sauce and palm sugar, deep-fried, then tossed in more fish sauce and studded with a ton of fried garlic. The spicy version could afford to carry more spice, but the sweet, sticky, meaty wings are of the addictive sort and one of the city's best for fans of fish sauce.

Pok Pok NY: 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (map); 718-923-9322; pokpokny.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]