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Waffles that could convince Leslie Knope to relocate to NYC

"Parks and Recreation" is long over, but Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson's passion for breakfast will never disappear.

We found the city's best, coolest and most interesting waffles to lure Ms. Knope to a new political scene. As she once said: "I mean, am I living the dream? I don't know. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sundae? Yes!" Totally possible in New York City.

Indulge with one of these treats.

Blue Stripes' chocolate explosion

Strawberries, whipped cream and bananas are good enough
Photo Credit: Blue Stripes

Strawberries, whipped cream and bananas are good enough on their own, but something magical happens when you mix in the freshly made chocolate drizzle from Blue Stripes. A shot of chocolate is served on the side, for those who know there's no such thing as too sweet. The waffles are priced at $12 each. (28 E. 13th St., bluestripes.com)

Wafels & Dinges' Belgian minis

The yellow Wafels & Dinges food truck has
Photo Credit: Wafels & Dinges

The yellow Wafels & Dinges food truck has a number of worthy creations that'll please a simpler palate. The Throwdown Wafel (pictured) coats the truck's soft-baked treat with Speculoos Cookie Butter spread and whipped cream. A waffle ice cream sandwich stuffs vanilla between two mini Belgians and the De Turtle Wafel is perfect for chocolate lovers -- a fudge, walnut and dulce de leche-coated treat. Waffles start at $7.58. (Various locations in Manhattan, dinges.nyc)

Clinton Hall's tiered creations

Is it dessert or breakfast? Clinton Hall lets
Photo Credit: Clinton Hall

Is it dessert or breakfast? Clinton Hall lets you decide with its colossal waffle offerings. There's the Elvis, a peanut butter, banana and bacon waffle sandwich served with the King's glasses and fruit sideburns, the birthday cake, a double-decker sandwich topped with a cone and sparkler candle, and many more. Recommended to end the summer, though, is the s'mores, a three-tier waffle packed with toasted marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate sauce. Maybe bring someone along to share. (247 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, clintonhallny.com)

Wowfulls' waffle cones

Does a cone count as a waffle treat?
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Does a cone count as a waffle treat? Yes. The dessert that took Smorgasburg by storm in 2015 should be on your short list. The egg-based waffles twist into a cone and perfectly cup your favorite flavor ice cream, fruits and other toppings such as Pocky and fruity cereals. The vendor is newly available at Citi Field for the 2018 season and can be found at Smorgasburg Williamsburg and Prospect Park through October. (Locations vary, wowfulls.com)

Norma's Wa-Za

Don't let appearances fool you: Norma's decadent Wa-Za
Photo Credit: Norma's Wa-Za Waffles

Don't let appearances fool you: Norma's decadent Wa-Za waffle isn't just topped with fresh berries, it's stuffed with them too. The Parker New York Hotel restaurant (you know, the one that's known for its $2,000 omelet) serves the specialty daily until 3 p.m. Given the pricey context, you'll understand why the waffle will set you back $31. (119 W. 56th St., Manhattan, normasnyc.com)

Sek'end Sun's Belgian Waffle

You can get your waffle plain with butter
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

You can get your waffle plain with butter and syrup at Sek'end Sun, or with one of four toppings: hot honey fried chicken; sugar and cinnamon, caramel sauce and whipped cream; house-made Granny Smith apple pie compote and vanilla cream; or eggs, bacon ham or sausage and cheese. (32-11 Broadway, Queens, seekendsun.com)

Batata Pita Bar's Chicken Schnitzel and Waffles

For those craving something a little less sweet:
Photo Credit: Christa Lopez

For those craving something a little less sweet: The melt-in-your-mouth chicken-and-waffle dish at Batata Pita Bar in Windsor Terrace is sure to please any Pawnee resident (or Brooklynite). (3021 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Brooklyn, batatakb.com)

Balthazar's Sour Cream Hazelnut Waffles

One of Balthazar's signature sweet dishes, the waffle,
Photo Credit: Balthazar's Waffles / Michael Grimm

One of Balthazar's signature sweet dishes, the waffle, is perfect for any waffle lover. Topped with warm berries. Waking up to this every day of the week would be totally fine with us. (80 Spring St., Manhattan, balthazarny.com)

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