Where to Nosh on the City’s Tastiest Waffles
National Waffle Week is September 2-8, 2012, a celebration of the dessert that managed to get itself classified as a breakfast food (possibly on the assumption that putting yogurt and fruit on a cookie somehow de-cookie-fies it). In honor of this deviously clever – and undeniably tasty – checkered treat that’s good for any meal of the day (plus snacks), check out some of NYC’s favorite Waffle Destinations!
113 West 116th St.
New York, NY 10026
When a place has its own designated waffle menu, you know they’re hard-core. Amy Ruth’s of Harlem offers original, no-frills waffles, steps up its game a bit to Chicken & Waffles or Waffles & Chicken Wings, then ups the ante to Waffles with Sausage or Bacon, and finally goes all out with a Waffles and Boneless Rib-Eye Steak combo. The Amy Ruth after whom the restaurant is named was the mother of ten children – 7 boys and 3 girls. Her grandson is the owner. As a result, Amy Ruth’s titular restaurant is very family friendly, not to mention noise – and mess – tolerant. A great place to go for either lunch or dinner, where a waffle really can be a full meal – and then some.
Four NYC locations
You’ve got to hand it to the Belgians: They know their waffles. Not only does Petite Abeille boast Half-Price Beer Mondays, All You Can Eat Mussels Wednesdays, and Lobster Thursdays, but their gourmet waffle selection includes traditional whipped cream, fruit and syrup, and chocolate sauce! The best part is, they offer a delivery and pick up service, so that you can enjoy your decadent meal in the comfort of your own home. And no one has to know just how many you ate, or how much of a mess you… uhm, your kids made.
Aloe: A Little Taste of Everything
406 East 9th St.
NY, NY 10009
When this downtown eatery promises A Little Taste of Everything, they aren’t kidding. How would you like a waffle topped with Crispy Duck Breast, Tart Dried Cherries, Brussels Sprouts, and drizzled with Lavender Maple to top it off? Open only for dinner, it is the ultimate antidote to those who believe waffles come exclusively from cardboard boxes and toasters.
Waffle & Wolf
413 Graham Ave
(between Jackson St & Withers St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg being Williamsburg, these Brooklyn waffles also come in buckwheat, gluten free, and vegan options. The more traditional waffle menu includes Sweet (Banana Pudding, Peanut Butter, Goat Cheese, Brown Sugar Crumble), Savory (Bacon, Hummus, Chicken, more Goat Cheese), and their stuffed A La Carte Waffle, where customers choose up to three ingredients ranging from Caramelized Onions to Coconut to Nutella to “Wolf” (the better to eat you with?) Sauce. Red Tricycle takes no responsibility if your tyke decides to try them all. Together.
201 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
If you’re looking to play it a touch safer, Café Lalo a.k.a. The Place From You’ve Got Mail, offers only one type of waffle: Authentic Belgian. But, it is served all day, every day (so no danger of arriving with a hungry child only to find you’ve missed your opportunity window), and comes with a choice of plain yogurt, plain or cinnamon whipped cream, seasonal fruits or strawberries, and pure Vermont maple syrup, not to mention add-ons of pecan, hazelnut or macadamia nuts. A Whole Wheat or Gluten-Free option is available, too (though it does make you wonder how truly Authentic Belgian that is).
Wafles & Dinges
The Streets of NYC!
Want to stalk your prey like a waffle hunter in the wild? Then use the Find Us feature to ferret out Where in the World NYC’s most famous Waffle Trucks are currently hawking their wares. (There’s also a telephone hotline, and a Twitter account.) And what exactly makes these waffles worth following around town like a Grateful Dead groupie? How about Sweet Waffles served with generous scoops of ice cream, including one very suspiciously known as the WMD? Or maybe you prefer Savory Waffles smothered in BBQ Pulled Pork, Chile Con Carne or bacon (mmmm…. Bacon….) Order them both. You deserve a feast after all that urban hunting and gathering.
Canal Park Playhouse
508 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
How about a show with your waffles? This tiny theater in Tribeca is one of NYC’s best-kept secrets for families. Not only does it offer a variety of performances perfect for kids’ interests (Yo-Yos! Ghosts! Circles! Stunts!) and their attention spans (limited to severely limited), but, tucked in right next to the stage area is a tiny restaurant that features, among other things, Belgian Waffles, Chocolate Waffles, and, yes, Pink Waffles (plus Waffle Sliders, too)!
That’s seven places for each day of National Waffle Week. Go ahead, try them all… We won’t tell.
– Alina Adams