Five months ago my friends from college wanted to do a girls night with dinner at the new and popular chicken and waffle spot in Long Island City called Sweet Chick. Personally I have heard how popular this place was in Brooklyn, but the one in Long Island City was said to be bigger and more accommodating than its original location. They are also two additional locations, one in Brooklyn and the other in the Lower East Side in Manhattan.
When my friend contacted me on Saturday afternoon, she informed me that this restaurant did not accept reservations and it was walk in only. Given my knowledge of this franchise’s popularity, I decided to take a cab to the restaurant. I was glad I did because the nearest train station was closed for routine weekend repairs. When I approached the restaurant, there was a line going out the door of people putting their names down on the wait list. As I got closer to the host inside the restaurant, the host was telling each person on line that the wait was two hours. When I heard that the wait time was two hours, most people walked out, but I stayed so I can talk to the host and even the manager about wait time, when the restaurant did not appear crowded. Anyways, I put my name down and the host stated that they would try to reduce my wait time and as more and more people decided to leave, my wait time was reduced to 30 minutes. Thirty minutes was definitely better than two hours. By the time, my friends arrived and we were finally seated. To start, I ordered the Pink Noise cocktail ($12). The cocktail tasted really good (flavors were well balanced), but strong (there were two maybe three different liquors in this cocktail) and I was buzzed throughout the night despite consumption of the fried chicken and waffles.
Pink Noise – White Rum, Brut, Luxardo, Rhubarb-Ginger Shrub, Lime and Grapefruit Bitters
Now to the food:
For the table we ordered the Crawfish Hush Puppies ($11). The hush puppies were greasy. The hush puppies also contained corn, which enhanced the texture. I loved the jalapeno jam because it complemented the saltiness of the hush puppy. If you don’t want to feel that you’re eating greasy fried fish fritters, the remoulade sauce was a great addition if you want to mask the oily exterior while embracing the crawfish flavor inside.
Crawfish Hush Puppies – Remoulade Sauce, Jalapeno Jam
For those who can’t eat seafood, there are the pork belly nuggets ($10), but personally it was too small of a portion for the price. It was also forgettable. Personally it was a failed attempt to create a balanced dish of a sweet marinated pork belly with a pickled fruit and the acidic kimchi.
Pork Belly Nuggets: Kimchi, Blueberry Balsamic Glaze, Pickled Watermelon
On to the entrees…
We ordered three different chicken and waffles dishes ($19 each); all look really good and interesting. In addition, you can even design your own chicken and waffles meals.
- Nashville Fried Chicken Waffle – my friend ordered this meal because it was one if not the spiciest meal in the menu. My friends like their meal, I took a bite of the chicken and it was packed with Southern flavors and spice. If you like hot and spicy, this is a choice you won’t regret.
- Buffalo Fried Chicken Waffle – my friend ordered this meal and tasting a piece of that buffalo fried chicken, it definitely lived up to its name. What I mean is that this was definitely a chicken and waffles version of Buffalo Fried Chicken. It is a twist from a classic that will leave you satisfied.
- Fried Chicken Parmesan – I am a sucker for cheese so when I saw fresh mozzarella on top of a fried chicken served on a little cast iron plate with tomato sauce, it was over. The mozzarella, basil and parmesan waffle complemented the tomato sauce.
Overall the fried chicken was properly battered and the texture of each bite from three different dishes was very consistent. Plus, the dish helped alleviate the alcohol buzz from the Pink Noise.
Nashville Fried Chicken Waffle with Milk Jam Waffle
Buffalo Fried Chicken Waffle – Celery and Carrot Waffle, Blue Cheese
Fried Chicken Parmesan – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil and Parmesan Waffle
To end our evening of awesome comfort food, we ordered the entire desserts menu. All the desserts were to die for. If you want to go towards the healthy route, stick with the blueberry cobbler. Personally I would choose the Daily Special Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, which was amazing.
I realized why service was slow throughout the evening because the chef was ensuring that every dish that came out of that kitchen was up to par and all of our orders did not disappoint.
After sharing this information here on my blog, I am craving chicken and waffles. I definitely want to check out the other locations especially the one in the Lower East Side.