Here’s where to eat some of the best waffles in NYC.
We all have fond childhood memories of waiting for that waffle to pop up out of the toaster or watching mom pour batter over the iron on Saturday mornings. The allure of a perfectly golden, fluffy waffle is undeniable. Thankfully, NYC chefs are cooking up delicious and inventive versions of the breakfast food favorite. From Belgian-style to chocolate drizzled to fruit and cheese-topped, waffles in NYC have never gone out of style. Here’s where you can eat some of the best.
Wafels & Dinges, 14 Avenue B
What started out as a mission to deliver proper Belgian waffles to NYC via a food truck has evolved into a culinary obsession for residents and tourists alike. Head to Wafels & Dinges flagship café and chow down on the Liege Wafel, which is made with pearl sugar and meant to be eaten plain – the proper Belgian way. It also serves as the perfect canvas for Dinges (toppings) – delectable add-ons include Nutella, spekaloos cookie spread, chocolate fudge, and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.
Penelope, 159 Lexington Ave
At this cozy neighborhood restaurant, owner Jennifer Potenza has put together a menu of delicious comfort dishes inspired by her mom’s recipes. Tempting breakfast and brunch menus make deciding what to order difficult, but we promise you won’t be disappointed with Penelope’s blueberry waffles served with warmed seasonal fruit and orange citrus butter.
Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court St
The name pays homage to Buttermilk Channel, the straight between Brooklyn and Governor’s Island. Story says that Brooklyn farmers would walk their cows across the channel at low tide to graze on Governor’s Island’s lush grass. As a restaurant, Buttermilk Channel hits all the marks with its high quality, stick-to-your ribs fare. Too good for just weekend brunch, the rich, savory cheddar waffle is served daily with fried chicken or pork chops.
Miss Ada, 184 Dekalb Ave
Located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Miss Ada offers a seasonal, locally sourced menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with a modern flair. Good food and socializing are the makings for a great brunch, so make plans next weekend to dine here and order the ricotta waffles served with chocolate tahini and maple syrup. In addition to preparing extraordinary cuisine, Israeli-born chef and owner Tomer Blechman has created an inviting, neighborhood spot that fosters friends getting together.
Cafeteria, 119 7th Ave
Cafeteria puts a hip spin on the classic diner. Open 24 hours, this Chelsea eatery offers an American comfort food menu stocked with dishes that go down way too easy after a night of clubbing. Satisfy your sweet tooth craving with Cafeteria’s homemade crispy buttermilk waffle served with fresh berries, cinnamon cream, and almond crumble.
Sweet Chick, 164 Bedford Ave
With multiple locations in NYC, Sweet Chick cooks up rustic, southern fare with a modern twist. Renowned for the chicken and waffles dish, it also offers a house version of the griddled breakfast mainstay that deserves a mention. Reach your ultimate brunch goals and order the Sweet Chick Waffle topped with whipped ricotta, fresh fruit, and spiced honey.
Sweet Chick photo by Ann L. via Yelp.