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234 East 4th St.
New York, NY 10009
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00PM - 12:00AM, Friday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 1:00AM, Sunday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Southern, Barbecue, American
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Full service catering available. From 20 guests to 100 guests NO event is too big. Farm to to table sensibility, lovingly homemade traditional southern fare.
2 Av (F)
Essex St (J, M, Z)
Delancey St (F)
A word from the Cardinal
Southern Cuisine with BBQ
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We went with a Gilt deal, but
turned out it ineligible that night. We decided to stay and order what the deal wouldn't allow us. The food was great. The hush puppies are a MUST. I can' wait to have my second pork chop for left-overs. Can't wait to go back and have the chicken, it looked amazing."
Dined on 3/1/2014
Valentines day dinner. Perfect
setting. Darling waitresses."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Great ambience upstairs and down.
Casual and fun. Cool vibe and yummy choices of tasty foods."
Dined on 2/8/2014
We love eating at the Cardinal for
brunch. The food is great and the wait staff is always so nice! We love the fried chicken biscuit and gravy with $5 bottomless mimosas. But it gets crowded fast and it goes from moderate noise with some background music to really loud where you are almost screaming at those at your table to have a conversation. So i would highly suggest that you make reservations. We will continue to go back for brunch."
Dined on 2/8/2014
Everything we had was delicious-
especially the hush puppies. The fried chicken was a little overbreaded for my taste but the mac and cheese was spot on as were the mashed potatoes. My friend got the BBQ plate and couldn't finish half of it but enjoyed every bite. We sat a little too close to the door in January so it was kind of chilly as the place is super tiny but it was a nice little Sunday meal with leftovers to boot!"
Dined on 1/26/2014
Our reservation was for 9:15 and
we sat at 10. The party before us had the exact same problem. This seems to be a recurring theme here so I would not go to this place unless you have a small easy going group because the odds of you sitting when you are supposed to are slim. The place is ran entirely by hipsters, the service is slow and mediocre, they make some off color comments...that being said the fried chicken was the best I've ever had in the city (compared to places like The Red Head, which is a much better ran establishment) and they have a trio of really good BBQ sauces. Kale caesar and hush puppies were very good as well"
Dined on 1/18/2014
On my second experience at
Cardinal, my friends and I were not disappointed. We had a Gilt City certificate for the fried chicken dinner and felt very happy with our meal. Not only was the chicken excellent and plentiful, the sides and appetizers were equally excellent..... especially the fried oysters and Mac & cheese. It's a small place so it gets very crowded and loud. The staff are fun, attentive and accommodating."
Dined on 1/7/2014
Addictively excellent food,
particularly the fried chicken and the bbq."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Cardinal is a rare find in that it
is one of the few restaurants that I love for both brunch and dinner. Their fried chicken with biscuits and gravy is epic, and their BBQ plate for dinner is the best plate of smoked meat you will find in NYC. If you haven't eaten here, you should!!!"
Dined on 1/1/2014
Pretty standard hipster gastropub
in the East Village: exposed brick walls, craft beers, beautiful wait staff in silly too-big spectacles. Food and wine were decent and reasonably priced; the tables pretty squashed together. So not a place for a special romantic occasion or genteel atmosphere but ideal for a reasonably-priced bit of brunch and village people watching."
Dined on 11/28/2013
Cardinal is easily the best BBQ in
NYC. Both brunch and dinner are fantastic. Their biscuits and gravy with fried chicken is even better than my grandmothers, and that is say a lot. The BBQ plate is a great deal for dinner!"
Dined on 11/23/2013
As a "southern boy", I have a
skewed view of southern food. For you NYC folks, imagine going to a pizza place in North Carolina. That having been said, they are pretty good for a northern southern (lol) restaurant. My rating, however, is not region based. Which is really the point. Southern food is also about the attitude of imaging your grandmother/aunt (whomever cooks well in your family) in the back making all this delicious food that makes your backhand twitch for a cheek to hit. ;-) This place lacked that feeling, despite the grittiness (not an insult) of the place. It concentrates just a bit too much on hitting the standards instead of being awesome at whatever IS on the menu. Sarcastically put: less hipster, more southern please."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I bought a gilt city which is what
lead me to this restaurant. I got salads which were ok. Just a few greens with a standard dressing. But the main course was the star of the meal. The fried chicken was amazing. The mash potatoes creamy and melted I'm your mouth. The Mac an cheese so good. They added a little pepper to the top which gave it a little kick and made it oh so good. We washed it down with the house white wine which was very light and crisp. I will def be going back with or without a deal !"
Dined on 11/6/2013
Great food and atmosphere, pricing
was also reasonable. Service can at times be slow and surly if rushed."
Dined on 11/2/2013
Though our OpenTable reservation
had no effect in our getting a table (we reserved 2pm, arrived early, and were seated at 2:15/2:20), the staff was wonderfully friendly and the food delicious -- so it was easy to see why it was so popular! Neat, eclectic decorations, our outside table, and bottomless mimosas certainly fixed any grievances we'd had. The sweet potato pancakes were crazy good, as was the housemade bacon!! Definitely would return...maybe not quite as starving this time :)"
Dined on 11/2/2013
We had a fun time here for brunch.
We had a good-sized party--5 of us--and everyone had a good meal. It's rich, but delicious. Chicken and biscuit with gravy was popular at our table. The toad-in-the-hole was baked challah bread with a baked egg, almost souffle like, with bacon. The Anson Mills girts that came with the house-made sausage and two perfect over medium eggs was divine, even without the added cheese. The biscuits tasted like someone who grew up cooking in the South made them, which means they tasted like they were supposed to--flaky and cooked all the way through. Our server was laid back and fun and we sat in the most charming raised alcove downstairs. Want to go back for dinner to dry pulled pork!"
Dined on 10/27/2013
Overall, good experience. Good
food, attentive service once we were seated however even with a reservation we had to wait 30 mins to be seated."
Dined on 10/26/2013
Best fried chicken. The sides were
under seasoned - definitely needed salt. Good effort though."
Dined on 10/16/2013
catfish and fried chicken are the
way to go. juicy and full of flavor. MUST have the banana pudding (with nilla wafers) for dessert, of course. great private area downstairs fit for small parties (10-20 people). staff was attentive and friendly! will definitely go back..."
Dined on 10/6/2013
My husband and I love having
brunch at The Cardinal! We took some family and friends for bruch this past weekend and they loved it too. The portions are very generous so we usually split a meal but it is always very good. The wait staff is also wonderful and very helpful and polite. We plan on eating here many more times!"
Dined on 9/28/2013
Not disappointed in label as
"sourthern food".. everything was perfect!"
Dined on 9/21/2013
Best Biscuits and Gravy I have had
since moving to New York from the South 5 years ago! Would definitely recommend and will certainly be returning!! Also, great service and wonderful ambiance!"
Dined on 9/21/2013
Went here with a Gilt City voucher
and got a TON of food! An entire platter of chicken that my hungry date and I could not finish, plus two large sides (we got fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs), drinks, and salads. The frozen drinks were delicious but not much alcohol in them and we didn't exactly get a choice - they only had one option available. The food was delicious, and the fried chicken especially was spectacular (and yes, I have lived in the south). The restaurant is no frills, and there are about 4 tables outside so get there early to snag one. Definitely recommended for an easy, casual meal. Not exactly the most convenient location, but we went out of our way to get there and I'm glad we did. (PS. Pinball machine downstairs!)"
Dined on 8/22/2013
My girlfriend is from Greensborro,
NC and she is the HARDEST person to please when it comes to Southern cooking. We've been looking for good spots from Queens to NJ and back, so when I tell you that this place is THE SPOT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR and it's right here in Alphabet City, you best take notice. $5 bottomless Mimosas for Brunch - Awesome Bloody Mary - Really Really Awesome 1994-2002 West Coast Hip Hop on the system - Awesome (Sounds like someone selected Bone Thugs on Pandora and just let it go) Biscuits - Really Awesome Homemade preserves - really good Sausage Gravy - Out o-t World Awesome Toad ina Basket - So Damn Good! Fish & Grits - Are you freaking kidding me awesome?!?!?! Chicken & Biscuits - I'm crying. It was so awesome."
Dined on 8/17/2013
Living in the south I was highly
skeptical about The Cardinal's "southern" proclamations, but the biscuits were warm, melt-in-your-mouth butter goodness. The service was slightly spotty, but if you're with a group of friends that doesn't matter. Go for the bottomless mimosas and hearty offerings."
Dined on 8/4/2013
The hush puppies and fried chicken
are great! Nothing else on the menu is all that memorable, but I've been back several times just for those dishes. Granted I am bias, as I'm not a big fan of fried food and they have a lot of it."
Dined on 8/4/2013
We had to wait an extra 20 minutes
even though we had a reservation. And the food was just okay nothing particularly impressive"
Dined on 7/27/2013
You may wonder why they don't do
chicken and waffles. The only reason I can discern is they aren't run of the mill, and their chicken and big biscuits at brunch beats the pants off any waffle I've evee had."
Dined on 7/7/2013
Hosted a birthday party for 15 at
the Cardinal and it could not have been better. They were flexible with the menu, the food was outrageously good, and they were completely okay with us taking 3 hours. The whole group loved it- great experience! It's worth noting the birthday boy was from Mississippi and he said this was some of the best Fried Chicken and Banana Puddif he'd tasted in New York."
Dined on 7/3/2013
The Cardinal is definitely the
place to go if you want their specialty: fried chicken. The chicken stays hot so be careful. Beer is the thing to drink and the choices are limited but good. The sides are fine though I would not order the slaw again. Friendly competent aiming to please service adds to an enjoyable meal."
Dined on 6/21/2013
We (a table of four) waited for
our food for over an hour. Our waitress was nice and apologized once, but I'm not sure the food was good enough to be worth it, especially when there are so many great options in the area."
Dined on 6/15/2013
After we were seated (1PM on a
Sunday) the waitress informed us that the kitchen is backed up and our food could be an hour late and that they were out of biscuits and pancakes. The approach was not so much 'we are sorry for causing this inconvenience, we can get you some coffee or drinks while you wait' (and that didn't even have to be free) but it was more like 'if you want food be prepared to wait an hour or you can leave'. This is the first time I experienced this approach at a New York restaurant. Two positives, the place looked nice, and the hostess who seated us seemed nice. But it's hard to get past not getting food."
Dined on 6/9/2013
Every time I go this place is
consistently amazing. If you are in the mood to eat and drink then choose this place!"
Dined on 6/1/2013
Incredible food and delicious
bloody marys. Don't expect to get anything done with your day after having unlimited mimosas with brunch. They need to hire more staff! Everyone is awesome and hustles, but don't go with a deadline if you're there during the busy brunch time."
Dined on 4/14/2013
I love this place. We came for
brunch not sure what to expect by the name. We certainly weren't expecting what we saw. This cute, charming place is filled with wholesome ingredients, creative menu choices, and each tasty morsel makes you feel like you are having a religious experience you'll want to stay and treasure that's for sure. It also doesn't hurt that the mimosas and the Bloody Mary cocktails are well made compliments to each dish. We plan to come back often"
Dined on 5/18/2013
Went for the burger—delicious!
Fried okra is stellar! Will go back to sample fried chicken... and they deliver!"
Dined on 4/30/2013
This place was hands down one of
the best group dining experiences I have had in NYC. They accommodated our large group easily and offered us a family style menu with literally everything on the menu (this wasn't even planned before hand). The food was delicious and just being able to try everything was very nice. The fried catfish was a hit!"
Dined on 5/18/2013
Had a little bit of a wait for my
table despite having a reservation but the pitcher of Mimosa left on my table for me and my gf more than made up for it. The food was amazing. I had the chicken biscuit smothered in sausage gravy and my gf had the porkchops. We were seated downstairs which is am acoustic nightmare but it got better as the bigger tables cleared out and there were less shouts to bounce off the walls. Service was prompt and super friendly."
Dined on 5/18/2013
The food at this venue is always
great but the service is always less than mediocre. it was a group of 8 of us and we were bringing out of towners to brunch. They told the waitress they wanted to to the unliminted brunch deal but they didnt get their mimosa until after the appetizer (15 min). The waitress hardly paid attention to us. Good thing the food is good if not I wouldnt recommend!"
Dined on 5/4/2013
We got the fried chicken dinner
and it was excellent. The mac and cheese was also very good."
Dined on 5/9/2013
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