Where to Celebrate Waffle Day 2020 in NYC

1 / 7
Discover the best places in NYC to enjoy a waffle | WhereTraveler
(Malykalexa/Shutterstock)
2 / 7
In the heart of the East Village, the Clinton Street Baking Company is the hottest brunch ticket in the area | WhereTraveler
(@markweinbergnyc/Instagram)
Clinton Street Baking Company

In the heart of the East Village, the Clinton Street Baking Company is the hottest brunch ticket in the area. The weekend waitlist is regularly 90-minutes long during peak dining times, but the wait is well worth the reward. The chicken and waffles is an award-winning menu item. Cage-free, buttermilk fried chicken sits atop a crisp Belgian, vanilla buttermilk waffle. The side of maple butter is what makes this dish truly sinful. Clinton Street Baking Company prides themselves on making nearly all of their products on-premises and sources their ingredients from local purveyors. They are currently open for takeout and delivery every day of the week via UberEats and Caviar.

3 / 7
The Buttermilk Channel brunch menu includes one of the best savory waffles in the city | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Buttermilk Channel)
Buttermilk Channel (Brooklyn)

Back when New York was still in its infancy, dairy farmers used to boat across the mile-long tidal strait between Brooklyn and Governor’s Island to sell their milk in Manhattan. The waters were supposedly so choppy, it was rumored they could churn the milk to butter. The waterway became known as the Buttermilk Channel. Today, the name refers to a Brooklyn eatery on Court Street. The Buttermilk Channel brunch menu includes one of the best savory waffles in the city. The fried pork chop and cheddar waffle with Vermont maple syrup are not to be missed. The pork chop is fried with breadcrumbs, reminiscent of schnitzel, and the waffle cups are deep to soak up all of the rich syrup. The cheddar waffles are so popular, they’re offered as a side dish as well. 

4 / 7
With four locations in New York City, Sweet Chick is a great place to get chicken and waffles | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Sweet Chick)
Sweet Chick

With four locations in New York City, Sweet Chick is a great place to get chicken and waffles. They offer two pieces of boneless or bone-in fried chicken over either Belgian or milk jam waffles. Milk jam is caramelized milk and sugar that results in a sweeter waffle, an excellent counterpoint to the salty fried chicken. Double up on all things waffles and get a side of waffle fries too. True they aren’t real waffles, but the delicious waffle pattern is great for picking up tasty sauces. Each Sweet Chick location is open for pick-up, delivery, and outdoor dining. 

 

5 / 7
Wafels & Dinges started as a humble, NYC food truck back in 2007 and has since multiplied into a small fleet of trucks, kiosks, and storefronts | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Wafels and Dinges)
Wafels & Dinges

Wafels & Dinges started as a humble, NYC food truck back in 2007 and has since multiplied into a small fleet of trucks, kiosks, and storefronts. The aroma of delicious waffles wafts throughout the city from Bryant Park to Avenue B. The ‘wafels’ clearly refers to the waffles, but the ‘dinges’ is a bit harder to tie down. ‘Dinges’ roughly translates to ‘whatchamacallit’ and it’s how they refer to their crazy array of waffle toppings. The chewy Liege waffles can be topped with hot fudge, ice cream, walnuts, fruit, and whipped cream. However, their most iconic creation is the ‘throwdown wafel’ which was used to duel celebrity chef, Bobby Flay. Wafels & Dinges sent Chef Flay packing with their Liege waffle covered in Speculoos spread and whipped cream.

6 / 7
Southern comfort favorite, Root & Bone, has reopened with outdoor dining, delivery, and contactless pickup options | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Root & Bone)
Root & Bone

Southern comfort favorite, Root & Bone, has reopened with outdoor dining, delivery, and contactless pickup options. There are two former Top Chef contestants behind this neighborhood hotspot, Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis. The buckwheat cheddar waffles (also available plain) served with whiskey maple syrup are an excellent, shareable side dish. Alternatively, Root & Bone has their own version of chicken and waffles. They’re serving 2 pieces of sweet tea brined fried chicken over their buckwheat waffles. The chicken pieces are dark meat which makes them a flavorful pairing with the heartiness of the buckwheat waffles.

7 / 7
At Oddfellows, waffle lovers can enjoy waffles in a different form: the waffle cone | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy of Oddfellows)
Oddfellows

Waffles don’t have to be relegated to breakfast and brunch. At Oddfellows, waffle lovers can enjoy waffles in a different form: the waffle cone. They’ve been making small-batch ice cream in Brooklyn since 2013 and Oddfellows has come up with more than 500 flavors of ice cream from reimagined classics to entirely new and wild concepts. However, it’s their incredible, house-made waffle cone that is the star of the show. The waffle cone is so exceptional, the recipe was published in Bon Appétite magazine.

By Mandy Striph

Could any breakfast food be more steeped in American history than the waffle? Probably not since founding father, Thomas Jefferson, decided waffles were so necessary to a newly forged nation that he brought the first waffle iron to the U.S. from Amsterdam in 1789.

Where to Celebrate Waffles

Waffles, coming from the Dutch word for wafer, have their own national holiday on August 24 to celebrate Cornelius Swartwout patenting the first waffle iron in the United States. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate these doughy, pastry lattices oozing syrupy goodness? In NYC, these are the best places to enjoy a waffle.