The Cardinal

The Cardinal

(Now Closed)
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, BBQ Joint, and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Annie A.
    Annie AlfstadMarch 2, 2015
    Awesome brunch deal, great food! Service a bit lacking but also may have been short staffed. Either way def going back!
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken fried steak was excellent. Not too heavy.
  • Pooja R.
    Pooja ReddyFebruary 9, 2015
    Good food, terrible service
  • Corley S.
    Corley StoneJanuary 24, 2015
    Great brunch deal including unlimited mimosas!
  • Doug W.
    Doug WamplerDecember 31, 2014
    The food is good, but the beer is outrageously expensive while selection is disappointing. In 2 visits, there has only been 1 table filled when entering. Spooky.
  • Peter Plee L.
    Peter Plee LeeDecember 22, 2014
    What's good here? The fried chicken. Need I say anything else?
  • Vansi
    VansiDecember 21, 2014
    Though the food is ok. They are pretty generous with the bottomless mimosas.
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoOctober 16, 2014
    Love this place for brunch, especially the chicken and waffles
  • Spanish Rob V.
    Spanish Rob VSeptember 21, 2014
    Great food but it took 90 mins to get it, difficult staff, worried about letting our friends sit before they clean the table bc of "health regulations" but gave me a drink in a broken glass
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ChoSeptember 11, 2014
    Amazing fried chicken. Service was great. Fuck yelp
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengSeptember 8, 2014
    Order the bottomless mimosas and try their biscuits!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾September 4, 2014
    So good! Basically had a tower of pork. The mac'n'cheese is bangin! Great atmosphere.
  • Vivek B.
    Vivek BhagwatAugust 23, 2014
    Pancakes or fried chicken for brunch. Always seems to have a table for 2 available
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachAugust 18, 2014
    Catfish was awesome. I appreciated that it wasn't breaded and deep-fried.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemAugust 17, 2014
    Food was okay, but the service was horrible. Went during brunch and they were out of everything (Mimosas, steak, pork chops, etc.) Would not recommend.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the brunch special on the weekend - $5 for as many mimosas as you'd like!
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardAugust 6, 2014
    Mmm sweet potato pancakes and bottomless mimosas. Best $25 brunch.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Fried foods are the undisputed penicillin to post-drink delirium, and the fried chicken biscuit dish on this East Village joint's brunch menu is one such panacea. Read more
  • Maurice P.
    Maurice PJune 22, 2014
    The fried chicken is to die for. Also, $5 for bottomless mimosas? Is this real life?
  • Claire
    ClaireJune 21, 2014
    $5 bottomless mimosas for brunch? Is this a dream or is this a dream
  • Beth
    BethJune 7, 2014
    Food is mediocre and the service is absolutely terrible. Waitress never came over after hastily taking the order. After giving this place numerous chances I will not be back. Save your money!
  • Jon L.
    Jon LinApril 26, 2014
    Gave my friend a moldy burger bun. Twice....
  • David N.
    David NguyenApril 6, 2014
    Good BBQ lots of food and sides and cheap! Only downside are cocktails were gross so stick to beer and the BBQ platter and fried chicken for 6 and it was more than enough
  • Teresa
    TeresaMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Reservations are recommended for brunch. Otherwise waits extend to an hour for two. The biscuit is so flaky and buttery. 😋
  • Ari S.
    Ari SternMarch 20, 2014
    Good, bit not as good as bob white. Sorry, I do love you, but bob has my heart
  • Kamaria
    KamariaMarch 2, 2014
    TERRIBLE SERVICE. if you can get past that, the food is good.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LeeJanuary 20, 2014
    Been here for an hour & no food delivered. Host admitted they messed up, but after half hour still no food! Wow, could be a record in my book
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny ColganJanuary 4, 2014
    The hostess is such a bitch. Completely ruined the vibe.
  • Chez O.
    Chez OngDecember 11, 2013
    Hands down my favorite fried chicken ever!
  • Erika K.
    Erika KazNovember 10, 2013
    Literally the rudest servers. But the food is delicious.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaNovember 4, 2013
    Great brunch spot! Fried chicken and French toast are delicious (and huge)
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa VergaraOctober 6, 2013
    Burger!! :)
  • Claire B.
    Claire BearitoSeptember 8, 2013
    Ummmm amaze.
  • Jon W.
    Jon WilsonAugust 31, 2013
    Bacon! Grits! Mimosas! Fried chicken! Great brunch place!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LAugust 26, 2013
    The biscuits and gravy and banana pudding are a must-have
  • Paul G.
    Paul GellerAugust 17, 2013
    This is the best Southern Food I've had in Manhattan by FAR. $5 Bottomless mimosas. Awesome Chicken and Biscuits. Awesome Sausage Gravy. Amazing Bloody Mary. Run.
  • harryh
    harryhAugust 14, 2013
    Check out the badass transformers pinball machine downstairs.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MarsdenJuly 14, 2013
    The service could use some work.
  • Uranium T.
    Uranium TVJuly 10, 2013
    On Tuesday nights in the summer, the new age beatniks play dominos in the sauna downstairs.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RodgersJuly 7, 2013
    Closed on Father's Day. What efing restaurant closes for Father's Day ?????
  • Shayna K.
    Shayna KulikJune 23, 2013
    Food's great, but most of the sides have hidden bits of meat- make sure to ask ahead of time if that's an issue.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GertzMay 12, 2013
    The fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy is on point! Highly recommend checking this place out for brunch. And for only $5 bucks you can get unlimited mimosas.
  • miles l.
    miles lennonApril 27, 2013
    If you leave without ordering the BBQ platter you are a fool. Be prepared to enter food coma immediately. Portions are healthy.
  • nina r.
    nina rangelMarch 17, 2013
    Mac and cheese!!!!! Omg
  • Anya L.
    Anya Lipski WinslowFebruary 23, 2013
    Bloody Mary with lots of accoutrements...a MUST when you come. Staff EXTREMELY friendly!
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizFebruary 18, 2013
    In a world full of mediocre pancakes, the sweet potato stack stands well above the rest. Not to be missed!!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HayesFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for brunch! The pancakes are excellent
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SJanuary 29, 2013
    Best: $5 all you can drink mimosa brunch! Burger was less than stellar (a waste of my burger quota) and the fried chicken was good.
  • Kari
    KariDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go ahead and be that asshole that takes photos of the most delicious fried chicken, biscuits and gravy you've ever had - you'll surely be dead after you consume that many calories anyway.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MartinekNovember 25, 2012
    Brunch is pretty good and $5 for Mimosas are a no-brainer...
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