Awesome Chicken and Waffle Spots

God, I love Chicken and Waffles! It’s more of a soul food kinda thing, and not always easy to find, at least not good ones. Luckily here in New York City you can find anything with a little bit of research or recommendations. I have taken care of both of that for you, and have found the best (in my opinion) Chicken and Waffle spots in New York. Yes, there are more for sure, but these have been my standouts so far:



This yummy chicken joint is owned by the famous Marcus Samuelsson, chef and entertainer extraordinaire. I like ERVERTHING  in this friendly, funky looking restaurant, and their chicken and waffles are no exception. Your choice is between Traditional or Cornbread Waffles, they’re both great! The waffle is nice and fluffy, the chicken crispy, make sure you have some cornbread while you’re there!

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Melba’s is comfort food at its best, Soul Food for sure. Located in Harlem, just a couple of blocks from Streetbird, this restaurant is traditional and buzzing. Their Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles have scored a win on Bobby Flay’s “Throwdown” on the Food Network. I see why! I tried them, and they’re scrumptious. They come with Strawberry Butter and Maple Syrup, and you have your choice of dark or white meat. Or you can just have catfish with it…. Loved it….

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Amy Ruth’s

This Soul Food spot is another couple of blocks away from Melba’s, this seems to be a good area for good food! Word has gotten out about their food, because the lines are long! But don’t let that discourage you, it’s simply a sign of good food! Their menu offers numerous versions of their Waffle dishes, steak, sausage, fried fish and shrimp etc., whatever you like, they have it. I went with the traditional (the “Rev. Al Sharpton”) and it was worth the wait! No bells and whistles, just good food.

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Sweet Chick

If, however, you are into Bells and Whistles, if traditional doesn’t cut it for you, not even with a twist, then Sweet Chick is your place to be. Located on the Lower Eastside, this restaurant has taken the Chicken and Waffles idea to a whole new level. Besides the original recipe, you can try a myriad of variations. I had the Cordon Bleu, which is their very, very crispy and delicious chicken smothered in Gruyere sauce with a Gruyere and Thyme waffle. All their menu items have a twist and elevation to it, and their reputation has earned them a top spot in the city!

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I don’t know about you, but I just adore Red Velvet Waffles! They are on some menus some of the time, but basically you just have to be lucky to find them. Unless you’re like me, and you find the spot that serves them every day. With Buttermilk Fried Chicken. And yes, I will Uber it to downtown Brooklyn for these. This up and coming spot serves “Southern Fusion”, which translates to yummy stuff in a nutshell.

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