When I first entered Sweet Chick’s LES location, I didn’t know it was co-owned by Nas or in the process of opening a Tupac inspired café, but I knew that it smelled AMAZING. Upon arrival, the no-reservations restaurant gave us a 45 minute estimate for brunch and we sat down at coffee shop next door. Not even 5 minutes later, I received a text that my table was ready. Strange, but I’m not complaining! The space is cozy and warm with tons of antiques and fun merch hanging on the walls. Full but not overly packed at 2pm on a Saturday.
We ordered bloody marys to start (mine came with bacon) which had the perfect amount of spice. Next, we ordered the side order of biscuits which come with mushroom or sausage gravy ($12). Although the biscuits were light and fluffy, the overall dish is decadent. This is a belly bomber for sure, but I can never resist a homemade biscuit. For mains, we both ordered the Chicken and Waffles ($17) which came with two pieces of fried chicken over a classic belgian waffle as well as a variety of butters; herb, honey and berry butter (the honey butter takes the cake for me). Pro tip: smother your waffle in the sweet honey butter and splash of hot sauce on top - that sweet/spicy combo cannot be beat! I’m not even a hot sauce person and I was constantly reaching for the bottle.
Although the brunch menu was exactly what I was craving, the dinner menu has some highlights that caught my eye and has me itching to go back. The Shrimp and Grits ($17) is served with smoked paprika and bell pepper sauce, cheddar grits, poached eggs and scallions. Also, the Crawfish Hush Puppies ($9) with remoulade sauce and jalapeno jam sounds insane!
John Seymour opened the first Sweet Chick location in 2013 in Brooklyn, calling the cuisine “American cuisine with a Southern accent”. His immediate success led to the second location on the Lower East Side to open only a year and a half later. Most recently, Sweet Chick has hit Prospect Heights as well (341 Flatbush Ave). All locations are open until 2am every day of the week.
178 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
164 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Cuisine: Southern American