Sweet Chick LES: A Mouthgasm
I am a fried chicken freak. If I had a last meal, it would be fried chicken (most likely Popeyes). When I get married, I’m going to have a special table just of fried chicken. I love fried chicken.
Now that I sound like a fried chicken freak, let’s move on.
Growing up in NJ, there weren’t many options for fried chicken. I really just had KFC (which I hated). When I got older, we had Popeyes. As I moved to NYC, I became really excited at the prospect of eating more. . fried chicken.
Sweet Chick is located on a quiet block (well, quiet on week nights) on Ludlow Street.
I gathered two of my friends and asked them to meet me at Sweet Chick LES, a restaurant that specializes in some of the best fried chicken and waffles in New York. They label themselves as American cuisine with a Southern accent: rustic but modern American comfort food. They have locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan but we went to the Manhattan location.
Drinks are served in cute little mason jars.
Sweet Chick LES is located on Ludlow Street, on a fairly quiet part of the street and has beautiful open air windows. I requested a seat by the window and it was perfect for people watching. The table was pretty small, so we were kind of squished, but it made for an intimate dining experience. There were a few more 2 seater tables in the front and some larger tables in the back.
My friends decided to order appetizers (they weren’t that hungry, which. . .what?!), while I ordered the chicken bucket.
My friend Lauren ordered the Crawfish Hush Puppies ($9) which were SUCH a good choice. They were hot and crispy and the jalapeno jam was a great accompaniment.
She also ordered the Pork Belly Nuggets ($10) which were served with kimchi and pickled watermelon. I actually thought this was the weaker dish of the night. The nuggets were a little tough and I think we were expecting them to be a little more tender.
My friend Kyle ordered the Kale BLT Salad ($12) which I thought was the clear winner of the night. The lemon vinaigrette was so fresh and the bacon was perfectly cooked. We demolished this!
I ordered the Sweet Chick Bucket ($18), which came with 3 pieces of fried chicken, a biscuit and a side of mashed potatoes.
The breading was crispy, the chicken was tender and my only complaint is that there wasn’t too much flavor in the chicken but that’s nothing a little honey and hot sauce can’t fix.
I hear that Sweet Chick LES has an amazing brunch menu and I’m sure it would be a fun place to go with your friends and walk around the neighborhood afterwards. Same with dinner, there are so many bars you could go to in the neighborhood.
Sweet Chick LES
178 Ludlow Street
New York, NY