Those of us in thrall to the waffle, and yearning only to have a Wafflebot similar to the one employed by Harold and Kumar, know well what it is to yearn for this gridlike treat. But where in this great city of ours can a man find a truly first class waffle? Because, as Wafflebot says, "they serve pancakes in hell!"
This Belgian mini-chain may be a bit twee for some, but even malice itself couldn't find a word to say against these waffles, which are puffy and sweet and hot, and made exponentially more delicious by the application of whipped cream.
Beloved by area matrons in all of its Manhattan iterations, this sprightly restaurant is the perfect place to take your mom for muffins or a big plate of waffles (likely the only time you will eat them all year.) The prices are high but the food is very fresh and great for take-out.
One of the last really great soul food restaurants in Harlem, and maybe the best, Amy Ruth's can be counted on for some of the best soul food around. But let's not kid ourselves. This is the place you go for chicken and waffles. Amy Ruth's is so into waffles that there is a whole waffle menu. I won't say it's better than Roscoe's in LA, not wanting to start a Biggie / Tupac style beef, but let's just say they're both great.
Sylvia's (RIP) was more famous, and Amy Ruth's funkier, but if you know Harlem, and you know soul food, you know Londel's. The fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, smothered pork chops, and other standards are pace-setters, and even the minor treats on the menu, like yams or waffles, are worth a trip.
There are a lot of great diners in New York, and I'm not going to tell you that this is the best one. Because, who can say, you know? The Astoria Diner is also great. So is Veselka. So is the Remedy. But when I want to go have that classic diner breakfast experience -- bacon, eggs, hash browns, and white toast, or a giant oversized waffle -- this is where I go. Maybe it's just sentimentality. I can't even tell at this point.
Let's get the obvious out of the way first: the wait for the brunch at this wildly popular Lower East Side bakery is insane. The place is the Magnolia of pancakes. But go some other time, when it's not crazy, and you'll be rewarded by some of the most spectacular flapjacks, waffles, and muffins you're likely to encounter north of the mason dixon line.
I have to admit that I was somewhat wary of this truck. Not that I think it takes a brick-and-mortar restaurant to make waffles. But it does take a table, plenty of napkins, a syrup dispenser, and melted butter to eat them. How wrong I was! These waffles are delicious and easy to eat on the go.
If you can't figure out what to order in this homiest of Harlem restaurants, you should probably get your head examined. Both parts of this deathless duo are great, especially taken with sweet tea and cornbread.