Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

WAFELS & DINGES, 15 Avenue B (at East 2nd Street), East Village

I’ve been hopelessly in love with Wafels & Dinges since we first started working with the truck on our food cart tours 4 years ago. My exclamations to tour attendees that this truck will change your life has never been met with disappointment. They change lives!!

When their long-in-the-works brick and mortar café finally opened in the East Village a few weeks ago, I made a special trip to see the gang and sample some new menu items.

The bright storefront felt like a Belgian Disney World with edible treats at every turn. Remember, most people consider Disney World the “happiest place on Earth.” But those people have never been to Wafels & Dinges.

Their sweet waffle concoctions are mindblowing and I have featured them on the blog in the past for their spekuloos spread, brussels sprout waffle, and Belgian madness ice cream. They’ve even made an appearance in my Christmas video from last year. But I’ve never talked much about their savory offerings.

2nd Street Salmon Waffle at WAFELS & DINGES

At the store, the 2nd Street Salmon Waffle is a brilliant Belgian take on a Lower East Side classic: bagels and lox. Instead of a bagel, of course, a crisp savory Bastogne (potato) waffle becomes the platform for greatness. Topping that is a delicate lemon-dill sour cream, tender smoked salmon, capers, and brightly acidic pickled red onions.

Amazingly, this might even be better than the traditional lox and bagels. There’s something magical in those waffles that turns everything it touches into utter deliciousness.

WAFELS & DINGES
15 Avenue B (at East 2nd Street),
East Village

(646) 257-2592
wafelsanddinges.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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