Which do you prefer: breakfast or dessert? How about BOTH?! This sort of glory really does exist, and you’ll find it at Wafels & Dinges. I recently visited the café a few weeks ago, and it was every bit of bliss you can imagine!
Wafels & Dinges originally began as a food truck in Manhattan back in 2007. The truck started small, serving patrons at several locations throughout Midtown and Chelsea, before quickly growing into the seven-truck operation it is today. A brick-and-mortar café was added to the mix recently as well, opening its doors on July 15, 2013.
The café (and trucks) serve a variety of spectacular waffle creations, which you can tailor however your heart desires. Start by choosing your waffle type — either the Brussels waffle (light and crispy) or the liège waffle (soft and chewy). From there, choose from a variety of ‘dinges,’ or toppings. Options range from bananas to walnuts to nutella and much, much more. And from there, you can still add ice cream, too! Choose from standouts like the Spekuloos (tastes like gingerbread cookies) or Flamboyant Framboise (raspberry beer-flavored ice cream).
During my visit, I crafted my very own waffle sundae. I started with the soft and chewy liège waffle. For my dinges, I chose nutella, banana slices and whipped cream. Then I added some Spekuloos ice cream, too! The ice cream tasted like a cinnamon-y gingerbread cookie, but wasn’t too overpowering — meanwhile, the waffle was warm, soft and rich, thanks to the addition of the toppings — particularly the nutella. I must say, this was an incredibly decadent treat!
Here’s a shot of all the waffles lined up near the counter:
A shot near the ice cream case!
I also tried a Stroop Wafel (pictured below). ‘Stroop’ is Dutch for the word ‘syrup,’ which serves as the filling in this light, chewy treat:
To cleanse my palate post-waffle, I ate a dish of the Flamboyant Framboise ice cream. Now, ice cream and beer might sound a little uncanny to you, but trust me — this ice cream will prove you wrong. The flavor of the raspberry beer is surprisingly refreshing, leaving subtle fizzy notes behind!
Ohh — and before I forget, let me ask you: how do you think ‘Wafels & Dinges’ is pronounced? Chances are, you’re wrong! I was, at least. The correct pronunciation is ‘Wafels & Ding-iss.’ There’s no hard ‘g’ — ding rhymes with ring. Catch my drift? Here’s a hilarious mashup of customers butchering the name. Enjoy!