Sweet Chick in Brooklyn Is Hatching A Winner
We know Williamsburg has become the epicenter of all things hipster in NY, but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. Sweet Chick Brooklyn has taken an often tried dish with tons of hype surrounding it and made it worth the attention; their claim to fame is a pairing of homestyle fried chicken and a variety of waffles that is bringing customers in from across the country! They’re no one trick pony however, with a menu that has something for every type of eater in these streets. Sweet Chick has become a spot that quite a few of us here at YGET have an affection for.
After a day of work with the homie @PremiumPete, an invite came from @SweetChickBK via Twitter (oh the power of interconnecting networks) to stop through and sample some of the dope. Who were we to say no? In classic influencer style we headed over to Williamsburg, anxiously pondering what was waiting for us.
We started off with appetizers. I’m definitely more of a “mac & cheese should be cut with a knife” advocate coming from the south. I also don’t think there are many ways to fvck up my favorite food so I would consider this playing it close to the vest, but the combination of perfectly al dente pasta, gruyere, fontina & aged white cheddar cheeses and a ritz cracker “breadcrumb” crust became a talking point before we even got to the next dish. This mac & cheese should be bagged and sold on the corner by a shifty character in a trench coat, the stuff was so good. Don’t you EVER stop serving this Sweet Chick, you hear me?!
At my request, BBQ pork sliders were added to the table. I think what made these stand out for me were the lightness of the mini brioche buns. They add the perfect texture to a dish that could otherwise melt into a sweet and savory bite due to the tenderness of the meat and snap of the pickles. We had to get away from the comfort food safe zone we’d gravitated towards due to the freezing temperatures outdoors, so we opted for a little seafood to break things up.
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Enter: bacon wrapped oysters. Oysters are great finger food and even better when paired with bacon. I mean, come on. It’s fvcking bacon. Sweet Chick went left on us by adding crispy fried shallots to an already flavorful dish, but that’s definitely not a bad thing at all. I’m a huge texture guy (as quite a few of you out there are) and just a little crunch can go a long way in easing the nervousness I get whenever I partake in foods that can be considered mushy or gelatinous generally speaking.
By far the star of the show was the giant plate of chicken and waffles I ordered. They have a variety of options as to just how your chicken and waffles both come prepared including a classic buttermilk waffle, dried cherry or rosemary & mushroom, as well as a Chinese-inspired rice & broccoli waffle paired with chicken and general tso’s sauce. I opted for the bacon & cheddar waffle which completely blew my mind and shattered my expectations of what chicken and waffles should taste like. Each order of waffles comes with a variety of flavored butters (lemon, berry and rosemary) that only elevate your dining experience.
I could taste every single namesake ingredient while the gigantic portions made the price tag well worth it. This was easily the best plate of chicken and waffles I’ve had and the long list of accolades from dozens of media outlets including Zagat, the NY Times and Eater support my claim.
Pete chose the vegetarian meatloaf for his main course. I can’t go into detail about his dish but the portion he shared with me left me wondering if I could ever go meatless. The meatloaf was soft and moist with a great consistency without tasting earthy or flavorless like many faux meat options tend to be in my experience. The mashed potatoes were light and fluffy and worked well with the onion and mushroom gravy.
This was awesomely executed comfort food that I would have no qualms about ordering myself. Maybe next time, if I can keep from that epic plate of chicken and waffles.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed everything that Sweet Chick Brooklyn had to offer. The cozy atmosphere, attentive staff and above average drink menu is worth checking out. A big thank you goes out to John Seymour for inviting us to dine in. I personally can’t wait for my return visit.
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