Celebrating National Waffle Day (August 24th)
Who doesn’t love a good waffle? With National Waffle Day approaching on August 24th, 2018, we’re happy to provide insight on the best places to find waffles to celebrate this special occasion in style! One thing is for certain, though: bring your appetite!
Wafels and Dinges
Perhaps the most iconic NYC waffle belongs to that of Wafels and Dinges! The brand kicked off as a food cart, stationed in places such as Central Park or along the Westside’s Columbus Circle shops. The little yellow cart and the fabulous smells of sweet waffles wafting out drew so many waffle loving customers that they eventually opened a brick and mortar store Downtown in the East Village. The mission of the restaurant was to give America’s “Belgian waffles” a serious upgrade, and with flavors such as ‘de turtle wafel’, which is dulce de leche, belgian chocolate fudge and walnuts, it’s no wonder they’re such a staple in the city waffle scene! Other favorites among New Yorkers include ‘de double trouble’, known as ‘de cadillac’s of wafel-wiches, loaded with nutella, bananas, strawberries, spekuloos cookie crumble and whipped cream, as well as ‘de verdekke’, which is two freshly baked mini-wafelinis with a large scoop of spekuloos ice cream. Drooling yet?
Glenwood residents truly luck out when it comes to this place, because along with being in several locations of Central Park (excellent for Upper East Side residents and Westside residents), and the East Village, they also now have a cart in Bryant Park, which is perfect for those living or working in Midtown East!
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Nestled on the Upper East Side (right near The Fairmont) is the authentic Belgian restaurant B. Cafe. They, of course, have an extensive brunch menu of Belgian Waffles for your enjoyment, including: waffles topped with bacon and eggs, waffles topped with belgian chicken stew, mushrooms, and pearl onions, or the oh-so-sweet option of waffles topped with berries, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and of course chocolate sauce. If none of the combinations appeal to you, feel free to create your own, too!
B. Cafe has a cute little garden attached to the back, making it an ideal way to enjoy your waffles al fresco for this summertime event!
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Upper West Side residents don’t have to leave their neighborhood to find the perfect waffle. Situated on the twinkle light strewn 83rd Street is Cafe Lalo, home to all things sweet and beautiful, waffles included! (Fun New York City Fact: There’s a good chance you’ll recognize this adorable cafe–if so, it’s from the movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, ‘You Got Mail’. It’s how it first gained its popularity, and has been going strong since 1998! ) You can kick it off with a bang and try their Nutella-Licius, which is a homemade waffle smothered in Nutella. They’re also famous for their Authentic Belgian Waffle, which can be made regular, whole wheat, or even gluten-free. Top it your way with a variety of options, including: plain yogurt, frozen yogurt, whipped cream, cinnamon whipped cream, seasonal fruits, or strawberries. And of course it comes with a side of pure Vermont Maple Syrup and your choice of pecans, hazelnuts, or macadamias!
One thing is for sure, whether you’re kicking your day off with waffles for breakfast, or capping it off with waffles for dessert, don’t let August 24th pass you by without indulging in a wonderful waffle! And for even more brunch inspiration ideas of places to enjoy a waffle, check out our guide to the best brunch spots in NYC!