the Cardinal
the Cardinal

the Cardinal

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.arianeleblanc.com/
  • Phone: 2129958600
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Curtis Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avenue B
  • Public Transit:
    Nearest Transit:
    2 Av (F)
    Essex St (J, M, Z)
    Delancey St (F)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from the Cardinal
Southern Cuisine with BBQ
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
the Cardinal reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food4.1
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (22)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (3)great for lunch (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Meh
    MichelleGVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was unimpressed. I had heard good things about this place. I'm glad I went but most likely would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tar heel cuisine in NYC
    Dean
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great Sunday brunch. House-made bacon, sausage, pickled okra & preserves. Glad we made the trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food, Confusing Service?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a fantastic meal here; unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the bad service. The servers just seemed confused and inexperienced. They forgot parts of our order more than a couple times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food
    Courtenknee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our table of 4 was extremely pleased with the food. We are all from the south and LOVED that there was catfish/grits/toad-in-the-hole and other delicious items on the menu. It was a little hot sitting upstairs but if you get seated downstairs you should be fine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrible Service, Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our drinks took forever to get to the table, and when they did, they came in rounds - half our table got their drinks, then the rest had to wait even longer to get theirs. The Cheerwine (which we were excited to drink since we're from NC) was completely flat, both in the Cardinal (alcoholic) and standalone. There was just a LOT of waiting. We finally got the waiter to take our order - we ordered 1 app and the fried chicken & BBQ platter which each came with 4 sides. LOTS of food for 5 people, we ended up taking 3 to-go containers home. The food took SO long that the waiter offered us a free app only after a complaint. Food was EXCELLENT and the service was TERRIBLE. I'd 100% go back again, but I'd hope there is better service next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Samantha
    Samantha
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It's all about the authentic southern cooking; and the friendly service. Prices are good too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite place in NYC
    Quin
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food is amazing and they have cheerwine....pretty much a no brainer!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Brunch in the Village
    Niky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great Grits & Catfish, Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Bloodies & Mimosas, you name it – Cardinal is always a good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Poor Service
    isad
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love the food here but the staff must have been having an off day because the service was awful. It took 30 min for us to be seated even though we had reservations. The kitchen seemed understaffed and it appeared that there were only 2 waitstaff. I think they had a friend helping bus tables. We were very understanding of them being short-staffed and busy, but its ok up to a certain point. The struggle was really palpable and not really enjoyable from a dining perspective. Again, the food was wonderful- no complaints there, but we shouldn't have to be getting our own silverware and repeatedly asking for drink refills. I'll be back, but I hope the service improves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed fan
    formerCardinalFan
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    In the past, The Cardinal was at the top of my list of places to eat. I've been going there for years now, and no matter the size of my party or the time of my reservation, Cardinal always used to please. Back in May, I went with a small party for brunch and we had to wait over an hour for a table that we had reserved. A few weeks ago, we decided to give it another try for brunch again. The bacon was charred, the portions much reduced, and our server was surly. Sometimes when a restaurant gets popular, they change for the worse. It's a shame that that happened with Cardinal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MS2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place is an ideal brunch spot - good food, able to handle reservations for large groups, and $5 unlimited mimosas. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fried chicken!
    ThidaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Love the fried chicken, fried catfish, hush puppies and deviled eggs here. The service was really nice and attentive and went above and beyond for us. The only con would have been the seating arrangement which was a bit tight.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    kchx
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I love The Cardinal. I've been four times for brunch & the food is great. The only problem I've ever had with this restaurant was this past weekend when my reservation was held but not exactly implemented. Four out of six of my party had arrived by the reservation time, & my two other friends arrived five minutes late. The hostess couldn't seat us until all six of my party was present, which was fine but when I looked around the restaurant with several four-person tables available I was a bit disappointed there wasn't a table already pushed together for my six-person party. We ended up having to sit downstairs. The downstairs seating area is very dark with no windows & wasn't a great setting for our brunch on such a sunny Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CheshireCat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went to have brunch with a couple of friends. If you're going to have spotty service, where you have to hail someone down for drinks and have to repeatedly remind the server what you ordered, then the food should be amazing. The food was not. It was okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service, Good Food
    AlphabetCityDweller
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was my third trip to The Cardinal. The food is always good but this trip will likely be my last because the service was very bad. I chose The Cardinal knowing my parents were visiting from out of town and would love the food, but all that could be remembered was the poor service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern Cooking!
    Samantha
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food at this "find" is so authentically southern, you can't believe it. The menu is the reason to come to The Cardinal; just overlook the surroundings and dig into the fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service, Decent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Booking for 15. Arrived at 8. Took a half hour for our orders to be taken. Took another hour to get any food. 1.5hrs until we were fed. Food was decent, but that may have been because we were so hungry. Drinks service wasn't very efficient either. Lackadaisical to our needs to the point of ignorance or idiocy- neither of which are acceptable.
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  • ecletic neighborhood food bar
    jillycap
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The fantastic food is well worth the noise level. Place is small but kind of hop. Wait staff attentive but definitely would not say over friendly. Previous reviews warned of awful service, not true in our experience. Service decent. Food was truly the experience. Went for brunch Sunday. Bottomless mimosa perfect blend for me. Chicken and biscuits with gravy awesome. Homemade sausage fantastic. Eggs cooked perfect for my husband. My daughter had the cheeseburger. The medium came out a bit rare but she said the meat was so incredible she preferred the temperature as was.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    DeeDeeDiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I really enjoyed the fried chicken! It was a little more expensive than blue ribbon but it also comes with two full sides and chicken at cardinal impressed me. Light crispy and juicy. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar!
    nellygd
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great customer service, great food and not wildly expensive. The staff is always smiling even when they are busy. This is by far my favorite spot to be!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the the Cardinal reviews archive.
  • MY CARDINAL SIN
    SHARKBEAR
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Having gone to The Cardinal for a 2nd time this past weekend all I can say is that their chicken and gravy and biscuit platter is earth-shakingly good. Never have I rolled my eyes in such perpetual motion during a meal. And who could blame me? The food is excellent. The portions are substantial. The ambience is that of a polished hole in the wall that fittingly belongs in the Lower East Side. $5 unlimited mimosas served to you in huge beer glasses, too? The only thing this place might need to do is expand itself to a bigger locale to accommodate all the people who have yet to hear about this place but when they do will undoubtedly run here every weekend. Brunch is awesome here. Can't wait to go back any other time. #bestbiscuitsever
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    sthrnfoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Hard to find great southern food but this place has it! The staff was amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Southern Cooking
    jamesbond33
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed my brunch here and I can't wait to go back for dinner. The fried chicken and biscuits with gravy was excellent without leaving me feeling greasy afterwards, and the cheese grits were amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to any friends who want a legitimate southern meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not recommend
    foodie1117
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The $5 unlimited Mimosa (when you purchase a main entree) deal is great, but that's about it. The coffee was undrinkable, the gravy was burnt, my eggs were severely under-cooked, and the service was terrible. I live across the street, and I wouldn't go back.
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  • BBQ in NYC?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I honestly didn't think BBQ in NYC could be anything special but these guys have it nailed. BBQ Platter was amazing, man n cheese and candied yams were a couple of the best sides I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • girls brunc
    lizzy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had a reservation for 2 but wasnt seated for twenty minutes due to the group before us. Overall food was delicious and we constantly had our mimosa glasses full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Horrible Service
    PBunting
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Came here on a Friday evening with a reservation for a party of 3. Our one friend took a while to get there, but they would not let us sit at first and then when we did they were rude about when she was arriving. This is all while the restaurant was never actually full. I had the fried chicken with fried green tomatoes and mac and cheese, which was all absolutely delicious. My friends had the Kale salad and side dishes which looked equally great and we all had beers that were nice and really well priced. While we were eating the server needed to get to a table next to us and was very abrasive in asking my friend to move so she could get by and then at the end of our meal the minute we were done she handed us our check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was very bland, I couldn't even eat my food due to a weird smell coming from my fried pork chops. I couldnt blame it on the seasoning because there was no seasoning on the food. When I mentioned to the waiter that the pork smelled peculiar, he says "thats the way pork smells." Then proceeded to complain and make jokes about me to the other staff members. Trust me I know what pork should smell like. They took the uneaten pork plate off my bill. I was sorry I tried them in the first place. My girlfriend had to pour half bottle of ketchup on her catfish just to be able to eat it. Very poor service, very poor food.
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  • Good for the tummy
    Dwood
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Good down home southern cooking with a little bit of a twist. I don't know who invented deviled eggs but, they are prepared to perfection. If you are Methodist, they say you cannot enter heaven unless you bring a covered dish. Well, this is the place to get your covered dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken biscuits
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Chicken biscuits are a little large but sooo good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fried everything!
    soycristina
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    This is such a cute, cozy place, with good cocktails and the ultimate comfort food menu. Highlights: fried catfish sandwich, fried green tomatoes, and the burger!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went with a Gilt deal,
    GramercyGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Lovely.
    Swan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentines day dinner. Perfect setting. Darling waitresses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried chicken to die for!
    JillVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great ambience upstairs and down. Casual and fun. Cool vibe and yummy choices of tasty foods.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    maggiez
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern comfort food done right
    MontanaVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poorly ran business
    Matt
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fried chicken in NYC
    JPLandFriends
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ / Bunch in NYC
    JManVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Fried Chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Addictively excellent food, particularly the fried chicken and the bbq.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate