The earliest known chicken-and-waffle combination this side of the Atlantic was served up by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1600s. It consisted of home-cooked waffles topped with pulled chicken and gravy. The fried-chicken-and-waffle combination you’re likely to get when ordering “chicken and waffles” today emerged much later, in Harlem circa 1938. Today, the soul kitchen favorite can be enjoyed all over Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Here are a few of the dish’s most popular Brooklyn purveyors.
Named for the stretch of Upper New York Bay that separates Brooklyn from Governor’s Island, Buttermilk Channel puts what it considers a New American spin on the chicken-and-waffle combination first served up in Harlem. It’s been a hit. Order it, and you’ll receive a plate of cheddar-infused Belgian waffle topped by buttermilk-fried chicken and sprinkled in powdered sugar. It’s served with a side of savoy cabbage slaw. Buttermilk channel is a pleasant 20-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.
524 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Fried chicken may be Pies ‘n’ Thighs’ claim to NYC restaurant fame, but the Southern eatery griddles up a pretty mean buckwheat waffle as well. Pies ‘n’ Thighs’ variation of this dish comes with strawberries and homemade cinnamon butter.
166 S. 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
With a location in the heart of North Williamsburg, Sweet Chick’s chicken and waffles have two primary selling points. 1) The fried chicken is finger-lickin’ delicious. And, 2) You get to choose from a variety of mouthwatering waffles. Options include classic Belgian, bacon-cheddar, dried cherry, rosemary-mushroom and spiced pecan.
164 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Uglyduckling has a reputation as a solid Cobble Hill destination for brunch, lunch and dinner. The chicken and waffles here is a fairly straightforward rendition of the soul kitchen classic. The only notable exception is a side serving of spicy aioli you can mix with maple syrup for a sweet-and-spicy twist. If you’re staying at NU Hotel Brooklyn on an upcoming visit to the borough, Uglyduckling will be just a five-minute walk away.
166 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
On the southeastern corner of Fort Greene Park sits a refined New American eatery called Walter’s. Walter’s is known for its inventive “hipster” cocktails, juicy burgers, and fried chicken. Crispy on the outside but moist on the inside, Walter’s fried chicken is well-known throughout Fort Greene and neighboring areas for tasting mighty fine alongside a waffle spread with brown sugar butter. Walter’s is a 20-minute walk from NU Hotel.
166 Dekalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
If you have never tried chicken and waffles and you think it sounds kind of strange, just think about how common it is to eat chicken with biscuits, cornbread or on a sandwich. Chicken and waffles make a natural combination, and many great Brooklyn restaurants have picked up on this. If any of these restaurants seems like a good place for your next meal of chicken and waffles, make a reservation or turn up at one of these esteemed eateries.