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America's Best Chicken and Waffles

America's Best Chicken & Waffles: Maharlika, New York City

Jenny Adams

Maharlika, New York City

Maharlika introduced the East Village to the true flavors of the Philippines and has become a darling of The New York Times and many food publications. Its version of the comfort food uses fried chicken without flour, marinating it in smoked paprika, ginger, and onion. The waffle batter is made with ube, a dark purple cousin of the yam, served with coconut syrup and bagoong butter. “Bagoong is fermented anchovy butter, so you have the nutty/sweet waffle, fatty salt from the butter, and there’s a caramel coconut syrup and the rich fried chicken,” explains co-owner Nicole Ponseca. “It’s so popular, we now serve it all day.” maharlikanyc.com

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