Notable Dishes

NYC's Best for Chicken & Waffles

From inventive takes in Brooklyn to the originals in Harlem, these spots offer first-rate plates of chicken and waffles.

  • Buttermilk Channel
    • American
    • Carroll Gardens
    Food
    25
    Decor
    20
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $47

    This Carroll Gardens New American’s version of chicken and waffles takes the dish’s sweet and savory mix to new heights. Its dinner entree stacks buttermilk-fried pieces atop quarters of cheddar-infused Belgian waffle. The combo is then dashed with powdered sugar and served up with a side of savoy cabbage slaw.

  • Clinton St. Baking Company
    • Lower East Side
    Food
    24
    Decor
    15
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $28

    This LES brunch mecca dishes up Southern comfort seven days a week, topping fluffy vanilla buttermilk waffles with seasoned fried chicken. For extra zest, the spread comes with warm maple butter and honey-tabasco sauce.

  • Melba's
    • American
    • Harlem
    Food
    24
    Decor
    20
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $38

    The standout ingredient in this Harlem American’s buzzworthy chicken and waffles? The rich eggnog used for its rich, fluffy base. The comfort food staple is served around the clock.

  • Pies 'n' Thighs
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    24
    Decor
    14
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $24

    Given the poultry reference in the name, it’s no surprise this hotspot (with locations in LES/Williamsburg) has mastered the art of perfectly fried chicken.  A pair of square-griddled buckwheat waffles come stacked with juicy fried chicken, strawberries and a dollop of cinnamon butter on the side.

  • Amy Ruth's Restaurant
    • American
    • Harlem
    Food
    22
    Decor
    14
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $29

    Chicken and waffles is the headliner at this no-frills Harlem Southern, where down-home classics are named for notable neighborhood figures. Try the Rev. Al Sharpton - a sweet Belgian waffle topped with fried or smothered chicken - or the Tommy Tomita, which comes with fried chicken wings.

  • Red Rooster Harlem
    • American
    • Harlem
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $54

    Marcus Samuelsson’s trendy Uptown American eatery packs down-home flavors into each bite of its chicken and waffles dish. Thoughtful extras include savory chicken liver butter and bourbon-infused maple syrup.

  • Sweet Chick
    • Southern American
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    21
    Decor
    17
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $31

    This hip Southern duo in Williamsburg and the LES serves up customizable chicken and waffles, stacking fried breasts and thighs onto a variety of waffles including classic sweet Belgian, bacon-cheddar and rosemary-mushroom.

  • Sweet Chick
    • Chicken
    • Lower East Side
    Food
    21
    Decor
    17
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $31

    This hip Southern duo in Williamsburg and the LES serves up customizable chicken and waffles, stacking fried breasts and thighs onto a variety of waffles including classic sweet Belgian, bacon-cheddar and rosemary-mushroom.

  • The Penrose
    • Irish
    • East 80s
    Food
    20
    Decor
    19
    Service
    16
    Cost
    $30

    This hip gastropub hosts a truly indulgent brunch, with some of the best comfort food on the UES.  Their fried chicken and waffles fall under the spicy-sweet variety, topped with maple syrup and Valentina hot sauce.  

  • Sylvia's Restaurant
    • Soul Food
    • Harlem
    Food
    18
    Decor
    14
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $35

    A veritable institution for chicken and waffles, this Harlem eatery has been dishing up soul food for more than 50 years. Choose from California-style smothered chicken or Harlem-style fried chicken or opt for all-white meat for a dollar more.

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