By Alyssa Velazquez, Staff Writer
Some students may have noticed a food truck outside of Kelly Commons. Anyone who just walked by the commons must have seen this bright yellow truck, which is known for dishing out the “Best Belgian Waffle in NYC.”
For the past two Wednesdays, Manhattan College students had easy access to waffles that have been featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The Wafels & Dinges food truck is known for serving the best waffle in all of NYC and offering a variety of toppings, or as they call it dinges, allows customers to personalize their waffle to their liking.
From savory toppings like bacon and pulled pork to toppings that will conquer any sweet tooth, Wafel & Dinges has something to offer for everyone. With no way of being let down, I decided it was time to see what makes this Belgian waffle the best in the city.
When walking to the food truck, you immediately start smelling the sweet waffles being cooked as students and faculty ordered them, none of the waffles were under a heating lamp waiting to be topped, all were freshly made. Looking at the menu was at first intimidating because of the endless options one could choose from.
Should I get a savory waffle or a sweet one? Should I get de elvis? Should I go with the classic de world’s fair? Maybe just a waffle with syrup and bacon, maybe?
Finally after much necessary decision making I chose the WMD. Otherwise known as the Wafel of Massive Deliciousness, which consists of strawberries, bananas, chocolate fudge, whipped cream and powdered sugar.
When it came time to pay, the price threw me off a bit, $10 to $13 for a waffle that is half the size of a standard waffle, topped with ingredients one can easily get from the store.
Freshmen Nicole Murphy and Rachel White were also questioning the price of these waffles. “They were a bit much, for college kids on a budget,” Murphy said. [The prices] could have been lower,” White said. However, the prices didn’t stop crowds of students from coming and going, leaving with waffles in their hands, which made the treat even more appealing.
Finally, after paying and finding a seat in the Commons, it was time to see if this waffle lives up to its title of being the best Belgian waffle in New York City. To be completely honest, I was surprised. I’m typically a pancake type of person, but Wafel & Dinges has successfully made me favor waffles more.
The waffle itself was lightly crisped allowing it to maintain its fluffiness and it was not too sweet where one would be overwhelmed by the amount of sugar that was added to the batter. All of the toppings were fresh, from the fresh chopped strawberries to the light whip cream.
One of my fears was that this waffle would be to overwhelming between the sugary waffle and then the extra sugar I decided to add on but believe it or not, everything worked together perfectly. White and Murphy both agreed that they would “buy them again,” despite the prices and I completely agree.
Granted, I won’t make the trek down to Manhattan to have another one of these waffles every week or month, however, having one of Wafel & Dinges waffles once in a blue moon, seems reasonable.
Though Wafel & Dinges will not be making an appearance on campus anytime soon, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on this delicious experience. One quick trip down the one train line is all you need to find a Wafel & Dinges store or kiosk and be able to dine on the waffle of your dreams.