Best Chicken & Waffles in NYC

Down-home dishes with a feather in their caps
May 5, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

These spots offer first-rate plates of chicken and waffles.

Red Rooster
Harlem · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“A scene to say the least” , Marcus Samuelsson's “electric” Harlem joint provides “delicious” Southern-accented American fare and “wow” cocktails with a side of “superb” people-watching; maybe it's “expensive for the neighborhood” , but nonetheless it's typically “packed” ; P.S. there's often live music downstairs at Ginny's Supper Club.
Clinton St. Baking Company
Breakfast · Lower East Side · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

“Bring War and Peace” to pass the time in the brunch line at this LES bakery/cafe, which repays “daunting” waits with homespun Americana “made with love” (especially those “divine pancakes” ); a recent expansion may relieve the daytime crowds, though insiders hint “dinner is just as good.”
Buttermilk Channel
American · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Still going strong” , this “sunny” Carroll Gardens “stalwart” supplies “killer” fried chicken and other “excellent” New American comfort food at the hands of a “gracious” crew; while often “busy” , it’s a “madhouse” at brunch when limited reservations make for “long waits.”
Amy Ruth's
Harlem · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

Those jonesing for a taste of “classic Harlem” head to this low-budget soul food “stalwart” for “hearty” cooking highlighted by “amazing” chicken and waffles; regulars “ignore the decor” and “spotty” service, and get there early “before the tourist buses arrive.”
Sweet Chick
Brunch · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Quirky” takes on Southern staples – think “creative chicken ’n’ waffle combos” – and “seasonal” cocktails make these “droolworthy” eateries “excellent places to indulge” ; they get “jam-packed” at prime times, but “friendly” staffers help keep the feel “fun.”
Sweet Chick
Mexican · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Quirky” takes on Southern staples – think “creative chicken ’n’ waffle combos” – and “seasonal” cocktails make these “droolworthy” eateries “excellent places to indulge” ; they get “jam-packed” at prime times, but “friendly” staffers help keep the feel “fun.”
The Penrose
Brunch · East 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.7

A “hip spot” in the “otherwise unhip Upper East Side” , this “lively” gastropub lures “younger” types with a “trendy” scene fueled by “delicious burgers” and other “enjoyable” American bar bites; a “Brooklyn vibe” and “rustic” looks make it a “welcome alternative” in the neighborhood.
Pies 'n' Thighs
Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Naps are required” after visiting this “popular” Williamsburg storefront for “perfectly fried” chicken, “fantastic” homemade pies and other Southern “comfort food” ; the “down-and-dirty” digs are “a tight squeeze” and “service can lag” , so be ready for a “long wait on weekends.”
Melba's
Harlem · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Down-home” Southern dishes including a “fan-favorite” chicken ’n’ waffles ensure this “comforting” Harlem American remains “loved by all” ; indeed, the “friendly” atmosphere trumps the “cramped” setting and “long waits” for its “to-die-for” brunch.
Sylvia's
Soul Food · Harlem · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

A “true icon of Harlem” , this circa-1962 soul food “mainstay” warms hearts with “generous” helpings of Southern classics and a “rocking” Sunday gospel brunch; old-timers say it's “not what it used to be” but allow it's still “worth a visit” , as the “tour buses out front” suggest.
Root & Bone
Soul Food · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Fans “can’t get enough” of this “cute” East Villager’s “incredible fried chicken” and other “OMG” - “delicious” Southern comfort classics; “excellent” cocktails help fuel the “fun” , “cool” scene, though the “tiny” , “tight” space fills up fast, especially at brunch ( “a must” ).