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Sweet Chick, Known for Chicken and Waffles, to Take Over Former Site of Alobar on Vernon Boulevard

Sweet Chick’s Lower East Side location (via Sweet Chick on Facebook)

Nov. 10, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A restaurant, with a focus on southern comfort food and best known for its chicken and waffles is making its way to Hunters Point.

Sweet Chick, the name of the Williamsburg-based locale, will open its fourth New York City location at 46-42 Vernon Blvd., where the now-shuttered Alobar once stood.

Menu items served at Sweet Chick locations in Williamsburg, Prospect Heights, and the Lower East Side are separated by breakfast and dinner, and include mac and cheese, catfish, egg sandwiches, grits, crab cake, and a variety of chicken and waffle ensembles. Main plates are priced between $9.00 and $26.00.

Over 10 custom cocktails are served at other Sweet Chick sites.

Brunch at Sweet Chick (via Sweet Chick on Facebook)

The Long Island City location is expected to seat roughly 50 people, and will open from around 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, according to John Seymour, the restaurant’s founder, who spoke at Community Board 2 committee meeting earlier this week.

Seymour opened his first Sweet Chick location in 2013, and the restaurant has since been well-received by food critics who consistently rate the chicken and waffle recipe as one of the best in New York City. The restaurant is co-owned by Nas, the rapper with origins in Queensbridge, who is credited with expanding Sweet Chick to Los Angeles, CA.

An opening date for the Vernon Boulevard locale has yet to be announced.

Over the summer, the owners of the acclaimed Mu Ramen restaurant on Jackson Avenue announced a new venture, the Ravenswood Tavern, planned for the former Alobar site, where Sweet Chick is now coming. The LIC Post has reached out to Mu Ramen’s owners for information on the Ravenswood Tavern project.

Update 9:52 p.m., 11/11/2017 : The article has been updated with information on prior plans reported for the former Alobar site.



Former Alobar site on Vernon Boulevard

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Apparently the owners of Mu Ramen decided to forego opening at that location because of some issues with the landlord. I did hear that they were thinking of opening a similar concept in Manhattan. Wish it was closer but would still be open to checking it out.


Yea, wasn’t there an article a few weeks ago about that?
LICPost… any idea? Are the MuRamen folks opening somewhere else? Not at all?


now THIS is a type of restaurant that will do VERY well…none of that “we want to create a communal crap that serves salad and coffee”…Chicken and waffles..THANK YOU!


omg yes. Like that Indie LIC or Pantry Market, wants to be a part of the community and all they have is salads and sandwiches. You’re going after the office crowd, own up to it. No one wants to go eat your salad or sandwiches for dinner. You’re just a more expensive corner deli.


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