New York’s Best Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles, a soul food classic most likely popularized in the rural South, just couldn't be kept down on the farm. Over the decades it's migrated to urban climes north and west—like Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles (where chicken and waffles meets the club sandwich). And New York City, where Chowhounds have swapped tips on their favorite versions. Here's an alphabetical list.

1. AMY RUTH'S
113 W. 116th Street (between Lenox and Seventh avenues), Manhattan
212-280-8779

Fried or smothered chicken on a waffle—known here as the Rev. Al Sharpton—is a perennial favorite at this Harlem destination.

2. BACK FORTY
190 Avenue B (between E. 11th and 12th streets), Manhattan
212-388-1992

East Village brunchers rave about moist buttermilk fried chicken served atop a delicious waffle.

3. BUTTERMILK CHANNEL
524 Court Street (at Huntington Street), Brooklyn
718-852-8490

Crisp, tender chicken pairs happily with cheddar waffles (pictured above) on a Southern-leaning New American menu in Carroll Gardens.

4. CAFÉ SHANE
794 Washington Avenue (between St. Johns Place and Sterling Avenue), Brooklyn
718-399-9001

Have it your way in Prospect Heights, with a choice of white meat, dark meat, or wings.

5. GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB
Downstairs from Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue (between W. 125th and 126th streets), Manhattan
212-792-9001

Chicken-liver butter and bourbon maple syrup jazz up the chicken and waffles at this retro spin-off of Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem hot spot Red Rooster.

6. MELBA'S
300 W. 114th Street (at Frederick Douglass Boulevard), Manhattan
212-864-7777

Melba Wilson's unique eggnog waffles have charmed Chowhounds—and reigned supreme against a challenge from TV's Bobby Flay.

7. PIES 'N' THIGHS
166 S. Fourth Street (at Driggs Avenue), Brooklyn
347-529-6090

Nicely fried chicken comes with fruit compote on buckwheat waffles, a twist that some appreciate (and others resist).

8. ROBICELLI'S
No formal address (wholesale only; see website for retailers)
917-509-6048

Chicken and waffles is reimagined in a sweet-and-savory cupcake offered only occasionally by this eclectic bakery—which has recently taken time off from dessert to feed storm victims.

9. THE STANTON SOCIAL
99 Stanton Street (between Orchard and Ludlow streets), Manhattan
212-995-0099

Finger-foodish bites of brick-pressed chicken on aged-cheddar mini-waffles with balsamic maple syrup make it worth braving the Social's sceney vibe.

Photo from Buttermilk Channel / Facebook


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