“Sweet Chick” Seeks Liquor License at 178 Ludlow, Former Max Fish Space

A fried chicken and waffles restaurant from Brooklyn is angling for a liquor license at 178 Ludlow, the former home of Max Fish.

178 ludlow september 2013

178 Ludlow St.

Sweet Chick, which opened earlier this year in Williamsburg, has posted a “notice to neighbors” in the window — ahead of the October 7th meeting of Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee.  On their web site, co-owners Sam Saleh and John Seymour say the business is all about “great food, a cool vibe, and interesting cocktails at a great price.”

On the menu: chicken and waffles (classic, rosemary & mushroom or bacon & cheddar) runs $16. A pickle plate, complete with “watermelon rinds,” is $9.  Specialty cocktails are $10 and beer on tap is $7. In a review this past May, food critic Robert Sietsema wrote:

A tumultuous communal table in the center of the dining room finds favor with visitors on their way to bars and clubs, but more intimate tables good for lingering are also scattered here and there. The menu’s bedrock is the venerable combo of chicken and waffles. This being the ‘Burg, the fried chicken mimics the extensively brined product sold not far away at Pies ‘n’ Thighs, with a thickish crust and pillowy flesh. While my own preferences are for a dusting of flour and not brining the bird (making it chewier but more flavorful), I’ve got to admit Sweet Chick’s product is perfect of its type. You can get three big pieces in a paper-lined bucket with kale slaw and a more-cakey-than-flaky buttermilk biscuit for $17. But then you’d be missing the wonderful waffles.

Max Fish, the legendary Ludlow Street bar, closed this past summer and is making plans to open in — Williamsburg, Brooklyn.