America's Best Chicken and Waffles

When the hunger for down-home comfort food strikes, head to these chicken and waffles joints.

Maharlika, New York City

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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

America's Best Chicken and Waffles

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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