What’s on the menu? At Sweetwolf’s, whatever you say

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The gluten-free quinoa made the cut. The Sriracha-covered chicken waffle did not.

That’s the initial report from the owners of Sweetwolf’s, the Park Slope restaurant that famously asked its soon-to-be-customers to draft the menu before it opens next week.

Yes, the people have spoken: the classic American restaurant on Sixth Avenue will feature 20 rotating customer-suggested items, and the 70-plus dish ideas that neighbors suggested will eventually appear on the menu — or at least as a special — with the exception of a few extra-kooky ones, said co-owner Tim Judge.

There will also be regular “chicken, saltwater fish and steak options” created by Judge and co-owner Eric Wolf.

“Most of the suggestions were really solid; people are interested in eating healthier here,” said Judge.

The final menu is “still a secret” — but Judge did share a few items, including lobster macaroni and cheese made with quinoa pasta; several seasonal veggie specials; and fries cooked in duck fat.

Maybe it’s a marketing gimmick, but it’s working. On Sweetwolf’s busy Facebook page, suggestions range from creative (“Vegan soul food!”) to critical (“Duck comfit is everywhere — but magret…”) and even kosher (How about matzo ball soup?)

The strangest suggestion — a fried chicken waffle with Sriracha sauce — was just a little too out-there to make the cut, Judge said.

The rustic-looking, “modestly priced” eatery will also boast brick walls, hardwood floors and environmentally responsible coffee from Forty Weight.

Neighbors who participated the menu’s inception will be invited to the “soft opening” — tentatively set for Oct. 18 — and Judge will post the menu on the restaurant’s soon-to-launch website a couple days before it opens.

It’s all meant to create a meeting point for regulars and homey feeling — from the menu down to the communal tables.

“We hope it tastes like something you’d make at your house — only better,” he said.

SweetWolf’s (492 Sixth Ave. at 12th Street in Park Slope, no phone yet). For info, visit

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or at (718) 260-4505.

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John from Park Slope says:
Modestly Priced? $25 and up is not modest sorry. Was excited to see a new place in Park Slope, considering majority of the restaurants in the 7-6 av area are pretty mediocre but unfortunately Sweetwolf's already looks like another overpriced Park Slope joint. Too bad
Nov. 27, 2011, 10:35 am
peter from park slope says:

I ate there and the menu was priced mostly under $20. Two entrees were $14 and two more $18. Where did you get this $25 and up?

only the steak was over $25.
Dec. 22, 2011, 9:10 am

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