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the Cardinal

the Cardinal Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.arianeleblanc.com
  • Email: info@thecardinalnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 995-8600
  • 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: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue, American
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Hard to find great southern food but this place has it! The staff was amazing as well."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Chicken biscuits are a little large but sooo good!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    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 10/15/2013