Everyone loves comfort food. But not everyone loves fussing with plates and utensils. Those people are in cluck.
Thanks to the new Chick’nCone at Gansevoort Market, one soul-food staple — chicken and waffles — now comes in grab-and-go form. (Beats that sad granola bar at the bottom of your bag.)
Breaded chicken is tossed with a sauce of your choosing — ranch (the most popular), chile-pepper-based peri peri, cinnamon-maple, buffalo blue or barbecue — and loaded into a freshly made waffle cone. The dishless dish rings up at $8.
The Frankenfood was drummed up by Colorado native Jonathan Almanzar, who co-founded the company with his friend Josh Lanier in 2011. They began peddling their conical concoctions at a food truck in the Poconos before expanding to New York City. Last year, they nabbed a stall at the Bryant Park holiday market.
“New York was always the plan,” says Almanzar. “There’s a debate about where chicken and waffles was invented, but I’m going to choose to believe that it was in NYC — so I think it’s cool that we’ve reintroduced it to the city in a very NYC way: fast, easy to eat.”
Although you could call it a birdbrained bastardization of a classic, it’s a tasty one. Between the stand’s popularity at Bryant Park — “we were making 600 cones a day at our Bryant Park pop-up,” says Almanzar — and the cones’ impressive Instagram presence, it’s clear that Almanzar and Lanier have filled a cone-shaped hole in the market.
Here’s to waffling around.
Credit: NY Post