Sweet Chick, the hip new comfort food joint in Williamsburg is moving far beyond their reputation of bacon and cheddar waffles and Old Timey picnic tables salvaged from Bed-Stuy. The cocktail experience at Sweet Chick fully stands on its own, or at the very least, has gotten people to talk about the menu which is full of droll names like the “Tiger Woods Y’all” and “Purple Drank.” But bar manager Cinthia Rooney’s concoctions pack a serious punch balanced with the right finesse.
Bartending since she was 18, Rooney has made the rounds in the mixology world and all drinks served at the restaurant are her creations. The house special, which Rooney describes as the perfect prelude to summer, is the "Sweet Chick Martini" made with watermelon-infused vodka laced with a rim of spiced brown sugar. The aforementioned "Tiger Woods Y’all" acts as the grown-up Arnold Palmer, served chilled in a highball glass while the "Purple Drank" is a modern gin fizz that gets its purple hue from Welch’s Grape Soda. (Yes, the kind from the plastic bottle).
To say the ingredients are local is an understatement. Beverages are sourced from Brooklyn Soda Works, Brooklyn breweries and whiskey distilleries like Hudson Whiskey and Widow Jane. Owner John Seymour (who also runs the burger shop Pop’s of Brooklyn) hopes to not only serve stellar dishes but give memorable experiences to keep people coming back to the neighborhood. “We’re literally a group of friends who got together and opened up a restaurant. And when people say they want to be best friends with the staff, that’s the ultimate compliment.”
Sweet Chick will be in full swing and they've just started brunch service this month. Until then, join them for dinner and stay late at the bar on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am.
Check out the site here: www.sweetchicknyc.com
Photos: Diana Tsuchida
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