If there was ever a day to indulge on waffles, March 25 — or International Waffle Day — is the day. The beloved breakfast dish has transformed into the perfect dessert and savory entrée. From Midtown to Tribeca and the Lower East Side, New Yorkers can stop at one of these spots for honor the waffle. By John Friia/Jessica Allen
209 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
Nestled on the East Side of Manhattan is Pampano, a contemporary Mexican restaurant owned by legendary opera singer Placido Domingo. After diners enjoy their ceviche, tacos and other signature dishes, they can end their meal with the Churro Waffle Sundae. The deliciously extravagant dessert is made with cinnamon and sugar churro waffles topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream, strips of crispy bacon and drizzled with chocolate syrup and dulce de leche. This waffle dish is a balance of sweet and savory that will leave people wanting to order a second.
90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
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Clinton Hall brings waffles to the next level with its Waffle Mania menu. With a selection of four over the top dishes, the Lower Manhattan gastropub leaves diners impressed with the creations. There is a waffle dish for every appetite, including the Peanut Butter and Jealous topped with vanilla ice cream, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup sauce, Nutter Butter, hot fudge, raspberry sauce and sprinkles. People can have a breakfast treat for dessert with The Ultimate Breakfast topped Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, chocolate chips, bananas, berries and maple bacon. These are large sweet treats might seem impossible to finish, but people will devour them.
151 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
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New Yorkers and tourist flock to Little Italy for pasta, pastries and all things Italian. On International Waffle Day, they can also head to Aunt Jake’s for their signature dessert. After a hearty dish of homemade pasta, people can order the Julian Oreo Sundae. This massive dessert is full of chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, Oreo crumble, Fruity Pebbles and a bubble waffle.
New York, NY 10002
Urban art meets globally-inspired dishes at Vandal.Diners can stop by for brunch or dinner and order their signature crispy chicken atop Hong Kong egg waffles with braised collard greens. The crispy and moist chicken compliments the waffles with a hint of citrus.
77 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
This popular sports bar offers a sweet and savory twist on the beloved breakfast meal. People can enjoy savory waffles with buttermilk fired chicken, fried egg and topped with sausage gravy. Other can indulge their sweet tooth with a cinnamon waffle topped with roasted apple, crème fraiche and candied pecans. If the waffles are not enough, children under 12-years old get a complimentary breakfast throughout the weekend before 11 a.m. Click here for more.
44 West 17th Street
New York, NY
Each Petite Abeille location in Manhattan attempts to re-create the cafes of the owner’s beloved Belgium, through décor, drinks (with 60+ beers) and food — including waffles. You can get your waffle topped with coffee ice cream and caramel sauce, fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce, Oreo cookies, whipped cream and/or sugar. Check out the bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, complete with unlimited Bellinis and mimosas.
4009 30th Avenue
Specializing in comfort food mash-ups in a low-key setting, Queens Comfort offers two types of waffles as part of its brunch menu: the cornflake-crusted chicken and waffles, including powdered sugar and a maple-Tabasco glaze, and the breakfast waffle — topped with blue cheese, a fried egg, smoked bacon, apples and spiced honey. We’re also jazzed up about the buttermilk pancakes, served with maple syrup made from Jack Daniels and pulled pork.
782 Washington Avenue
A Brooklyn institution, with the long lines to prove it, Tom’s has been around since the 1930s. Not to be confused with the Tom’s of Seinfeld fame, this bustling diner serves breakfast staples like eggs, toast and no-frills coffee. But its biggest draws are the pancakes — we like the cinnamon and lemon-ricotta — and waffles (we like ours covered in bacon.) Burn off the calories with a post-breakfast stroll around the nearby Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free on Saturday mornings!) or Brooklyn Museum.
Wafels & Dinges
15 Avenue B
New York, NY
One Instagram user said it best: “If there is a heaven, they say that @waffletruck is surely parked outside the gates.” These trucks and carts, as well as a standalone café in the East Village, dispense oozy, gooey creations: a feast for the eyes, a treat for the belly and a definite departure from your diet. We like the “WMD,” or create-your-own “wafel of massive deliciousness,” featuring such toppings as Nutella, speculoos (similar to gingerbread) spread, dulce de leche, and bananas.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.