5 Places You’ll Find Killer New School Wings in WNY

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Naomi Sakovics

Published on January 2, 2019

Photo courtesy of Dwyers Irish Pub

Updated December 2020

We in Buffalo love our wings, because our ancestors created them, perfected them, blessed them for posterity. We have ancestral Frank’s running through our veins. We love them so much that we’ve found exciting new ways to serve them, and while Frank’s and bleu cheese is timeless and eternal — the combination that will always and forever be in our hearts — sometimes we need something different. If this is you, if you’re feeling the need for a little somethin’ extra, this guide to “New School” wings is for you. Prepare to be delighted by different.

Joe’s Jumbo Chicken Wings at Sonny Reds / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

1. Sonny Red’s

1841 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, 14218

Sonny Red’s, the Neapolitan pizza extravaganza that opened this year in Lackawanna, also serves up some excellent wings, but they’re somewhat shrouded in mystery. Here’s what we do know: “Sonny’s Wings” ($12 for single order, $22 for double) signature sauce, which is light and somewhere between mild and medium heat, contains eight ingredients. The wings are perfectly crispy. They’re topped with cilantro and parmesan cheese. They are 100 percent delicious. Anything beyond that is purely conjecture.

Bar Bill

Photo from Bar Bill’s Facebook x @rockandbrock

2. Bar-Bill Tavern

185 Main St., East Aurora, 14052

Bar-Bill Tavern in East Aurora is an absolute MUST-GO for wings – we *all* know this. (Their pizza, fries and beef on weck are all pretty bomb, too FYI.) They serve a variety of wing flavors, but we recommend springing for the cajun, which are crispy wings cooked with a flavor-packed dry rub all over their delicious selves. We also hear excellent things about the “Sicilian” wing. Other interesting flavors include “hot and spicy BBQ” and “honey butter BBQ.” We are hungry typing this. All we can say is YES, YES to the wings.

Photo courtesy of Dwyers Irish Pub

3. Dwyer’s Irish Pub

65 Webster St., North Tonawanda, 14120

It turns out that the Irish not only make killer fish and chip platters, and serve incredible beer, of course, but also pretty much rock at the wings, too. If variety is your jam, Dwyer’s Irish Pub is your place. Want strawberry BBQ wings? Spicy sesame? Wasabi plum? Creole? Raspberry BBQ? You can have it your way at Dwyer’s. All together, there are 25 “premium flavors,” which cost an extra $1.50. Ten wings are $8.99, 15 are $12.99 and 20 are $16.99. Additionally, the wings are served on newspaper, which bring us all the nostalgic feels.

4. Falletta’s Restaurant

8255 Clarence Center Road, East Amherst

You don’t typically think “incredible wings” at an Italian joint, but surprisingly, Falletta’s Restaurant in East Amherst serves some praiseworthy wings amidst all the spaghetti parms. If you go, order their “Jumbo” wings ($11.99 for single, $21.99 for double) tossed in their house poppyseed sauce, a National Wing Festival Winner. We highly recommend it.

5. Hilltop Restaurant & Bar

4206 Lake Avenue, Lockport, 14094

If there’s one way to make any kind of meat better, it’s to smoke it, which makes the flavor permeate every part. The Hilltop Restaurant & Bar offers house rubbed and smoked wings ($8.99 for six, $13.99 for 10), and they’re to-die-for. If fried and slathered in sauce is more your style, they also offer a number of tantalizing sauces: sweet chili, boss, hot, medium, mild, smokey BBQ, raspberry BBQ, golden BBQ, the hot stuff, garlic parmesan, honey-hot, Jack Daniels glaze, mango/habanero, sriracha glaze. We love a good deal here at Step Out Buffalo, and wings are no exception. The Hilltop offers BOGO wings on Wednesdays, anyway, any amount. OKAY.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Naomi Sakovics</a>

Written by Naomi Sakovics

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