What’s not to love about chicken and waffles? The Southern-fried comfort classic is so universally adored, that we’ve even planned an entire event around it during Taste Talks; a soul satisfying Saturday brunch, cooked and served by a handful of legendary New York chefs.
But if we’ve already got your mouth watering just by mentioning the dish, there’s no need to wait to get your chicken and waffles fix until September. That’s because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite renditions—a few entirely classic, a couple decidedly non—from fantastic restaurants throughout the city!
Amy Ruth’s: This Harlem landmark is essentially the crown jewel in NYC’s chicken n’ waffles crown, serving 14 different versions of the soul food staple. Purists can order the Rev. Al Sharpton, served with supremely juicy pieces of fried or smothered chicken, but adventurous carnivores will appreciate the array of alternative options, such as whiting, catfish, shrimp, pork chops or boneless rib-eye steak.
113 W. 116th Street, Manhattan
Talde: Top Chef alum Dale Talde is adept at adding Asian flourishes to all manner of guilty pleasure dishes. So it’s no wonder that his Korean Chicken Wings and Waffles are a weekend bestseller, an improbably delicious mass (ok, mess), of crisp poultry, griddled cakes, spicy buffalo sauce and coconut brown butter syrup. Bonus: The smartly conceived Chicken and Waffle Sliders at his nearby junk food mecca, Pork Slope, are equally noteworthy; speared on a toothpick with rashers of maple-scented bacon. Bet you can’t eat just one!
369 7th Avenue, Park Slope
Distilled: At Shane Lyon’s “New American Public House” in Tribeca, hum-drum chicken is swapped out for a much more stylish protein, duck, served with a French toast-style waffle, saturated with smoked chili maple syrup and whipped honey butter, and scattered with aromatic Thai basil leaves.
211 West Broadway, Manhattan
Do or Dine: Nothing is ever what it seems at the loveably idiosyncratic Do or Dine, especially the organ-adulating Chicken and Woffals; a crispy waffle both stuffed and topped with musky, mineral chicken liver, crowned with a whole roasted Cornish hen, and drizzled with blood orange sauce.
1108 Bedford Avenue, Bed-Stuy
Hill Country Chicken: While the original barbecue branches of Hill Country showcase smoked meat in all forms, this short order shop specializes in good old fried chicken. So you know they make a mean chicken and waffles; an easy-to-eat boneless version served with maple syrup and molasses butter.
1123 Broadway, Manhattan
Sweet Chick: This Williamsburg eatery is an equal opportunist when it comes to chicken and waffles—vegetarians can get their bird bits molded out of soy protein. And we love that Sweet Chick lavishes just as much attention on their waffles, which come studded with bacon and cheddar, rosemary and mushrooms or sweet dried cherries.
164 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
Queens Comfort: From Disco Tots to Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers, no- holds-barred comfort food is the name of the game at this Astoria eatery. And the Deep-fried Chicken and Waffle balls—a handheld take on the classic dish—is especially decadent; powdered sugar-dusted nuggets of waffle batter enrobing coconut-scented chicken.
4009 30th Avenue, Astoria
Buttermilk Channel: Chef Ryan Angulo knows better than to ever remove this outrageously popular dish from his Carroll Gardens menu. And his delectable Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Cheddar Waffles aren’t even a brunch item, but a seven-day-a-week dinner special, accompanied by a crunchy-creamy scoop of Savoy cabbage slaw.
524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
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