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

At this restaurant, you not only order the food, but come up with the menu
Eric Wolf (left) and Tim Judge are about to open SweetWolf’s on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope — where customers will design the menu!
Photo by Tom Callan

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 www.sweetwolfs.com.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or at (718) 260-4505.

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