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Best Fried Chicken and Waffles SOUTH of 96th st!

Hi everyone!

I am a very big fan of southern food, especially fried chicken. I know there are a lot of posts about the best fried chicken in NYC and I know that the majority of them are in Harlem. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for where to find the best fried chicken SOUTH of 96 st. More specifically, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get chicken and waffles (together as a meal, not ordered individually) SOUTH of 96 st, regardless of whether it is only served for brunch or at all times.

Thanks very much I know there must be some other chowhounds out there that not only share my passion for this dish but don't always want to travel so far north to get it!!

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  1. I believe that Pink Teacup on Grove St. near Bleecker serves fried chicken and waffles. I haven't been there in several years, though, so I can't vouch for its quality.

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    1. re: Desidero

      Pink Teacup is closed right now. Apparently, they are going to reopen in another location close by. When, and if they reopen, do not hesitate to indulge in their smothered chicken.

      1. re: Lucia

        Love Maroon's fried chicken but I don't believe they serve waffles.

          1. re: Lucia

            My bad -- I've never been there for brunch. Are they available for lunch and dinner, too?

      2. Alias on the LES has it for brunch -- it's good but I prefer the fried chicken to be more on the crispy side.

        Hip Hop Chow in the East Village does chicken and waffles for brunch, too, but their fried chicken is too greasy for me.

          1. re: krystle920

            Dang, this thread is old! Nearly three years! A lot has changed in Manhattan, with many more restaurants offering fried chicken & waffles.

            For chicken & waffles south of 96th...(I can't vouch for the quality of most of these)..
            Back Forty
            Alias
            Resto
            Wildwood
            Butcher Bay
            Permanent Brunch (though theirs is not fried chicken but oven roasted)
            Park Avenue Spring (Summer, Fall, Winter)
            Stanton Social

            1. re: kathryn

              Had the chicken & waffles @Park Ave. Not very god. The restaurant it's self is great over all but that particular dish there is not.

              1. re: kathryn

                Had the chicken and waffles at Resto last weekend, and wasn't impressed. The chicken (leg and thigh) was soggy and bland, while the gravy was a small step above KFC's! The waffle, on the other hand, was fairly good.

              2. re: krystle920

                The Weds special at The Smith on 3rd Ave and 11th St is fried chicken with potato waffles. Quite delicious and filling, even if it's not the standard chicken and waffles. Reasonably priced, too.

              3. It's only 2 subway stops beyond your desired area, but I'd recommend Rack & Soul on West 109 off of Broadway.

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                1. re: mahler5

                  The fried chicken at Rack & Soul is really good.

                2. Another good source for good fried chicken is Virgils. I go in and get take out (either a half, or whole fried chicken).

                  1. Oh please, just go to Harlem! I assure you, AMY RUTH'S honey-dipped fried chicken with waffle is worth the extra mile.

                    1. Vinyl on 9th (50-51) serves it for $17. I think that the chicken is pretty good, and I also like their Thai Deviled eggs. Vinyl is not a white tablecloth place and can be loud, but their prices are very reasonable

                      1. Since this thread has 9 lives, I'll add 44 or 44 1/2 in Hell Kitchen, and if you're willing to go way below 96th, there's Peach's Hothouse.

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                        1. re: sugartoof

                          Maharlika has good ube waffles and fried chicken

                        2. Someone help me out here: I never knew fried chicken and waffles was a thing. Where' sit from? Waffles with butter, syrup?

                          Yours,
                          Intrigued

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                          1. re: rbraham

                            It's a real thing. In New York, the tradition is credited to Wells and a couple other places. A place called Roscoe's is famous for it in LA. Most associated with Southern Soul Food, the roots are apparently Pennsylvania Dutch.

                            It's best enjoyed with butter on the waffle, and syrup over both the waffle and the chicken, unless that idea horrifies you, in which case, you just pour your syrup where you like it. The combination isn't all that strange in actuality, and the waffle works almost like a grander more decadent corn bread.