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...
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenOctober 28, 2012
    There's rarely a wait for weekend brunch. Best hidden secret for last-minute plans
  • Pat N.
    Pat NakajimaOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't listen to Erin. The bucket of fried chicken is the way to go. Plus a six point. She was right about that.
  • Alisha R.
    Alisha RamosOctober 8, 2012
    large portions; i had the fried chicken which was ok, but great with the biscuit. french toast was yummy. get the sweet tea.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    we take most credit cards (visa, amex, master card), but no I-O-U's or checks... Cash is King Though.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    get the facts straight, people, there are no veggie biscuits... all our biscuits are made with lard. There are some veggie options, but the biscuit is not one of them.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    contrary to older comments their has always been air conditioning both upstairs and downstairs...
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    There is a very nice bathroom downstairs for all customers during all hours contrary to some earlier comments
  • Donny T.
    Donny TsangSeptember 21, 2012
    2 of us ended up sharing the BBQ plate (ribs, brisket and pulled pork) plus 2 sides. Also ordered 3 more sides. Sides awesome (mac n'cheese must get) and meats were ok.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're grabbing dinner, order the BBQ platter, have a friend get the fried chicken, and split (you each get 2 sides!). Who says you can't have it all?
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneAugust 12, 2012
    The Fried Chicken Biscuit is unreal. Even better with hot sauce.
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!July 27, 2012
    Try their regular House Burger...
  • Adrianne B.
    Adrianne BenzionJuly 22, 2012
    The veggie biscuits & gravy were awesome. Ordered a side of eggs for $3 and they were huge. $5 bottomless mimosas.
  • Liza R.
    Liza RamsammyJune 25, 2012
    Fried chicken is amaze balls! Goes great with some wheat beer ... Ohhh yeaaa
  • Jordan Y.
    Jordan YoungMay 26, 2012
    $5 all you can drink mimosas with brunch - awesome.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get house cured bacon & eggs, home fries, and a biscuit. They won't stop refilling your mimosa glass until you leave..seriously.
  • Hoon B.
    Hoon BaeApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best soul food I had in a while and it's locate in the East Village! Definitely try out the fried chicken. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Alexis A.
    Alexis AtanacioApril 9, 2012
    Changed their payment policy, now they only take AMEX or cash.
  • reece p.
    reece pachecoApril 3, 2012
    Narragansett super-tall boys FTW! BBQ platter is solid. fried chicken is $$$. mac+cheese and green bean sides = bomb-diggity.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mashed potatoes ever.
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZhouMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    French toast with Blueberry compote special is really great.
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    cast iron skillet, american cheese, onions, lettuce, potato roll. House-made pickles and chips. $13
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    cast iron skillet, american cheese, onions, lettuce, potato roll.House-made pickles and chips
  • Vinicius V.
    Vinicius VacantiMarch 4, 2012
    It's not on the menu, but you can order bone marrow!
  • Jeana C.
    Jeana CostaFebruary 26, 2012
    $5 for unlimited mimosa's with brunch is a steal! They're good with refilling too.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GirotraJanuary 28, 2012
    The cornbread they serve with the side of greens is amazing.
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PelsingerJanuary 16, 2012
    The pulled pork and the beans are great.
  • heather d.
    heather doughertyDecember 30, 2011
    Hungry? President's BBQ Platter for 4 is a delicious deal.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallagherDecember 16, 2011
    The fried & smothered pork chops are why I'm fat.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 12, 2011
    Manhattanites can indulge in the flavors of that faraway land south of the Mason-Dixon, sampling dishes like fried chicken and smothered and fried Heritage pork chops in red eye gravy.
  • Heath T.
    Heath TerryNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Maybe the best breakfast place in Manhattan. Never had better pancakes, great biscuits, bacon, and grits. And they take Amex now!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SomersNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The BBQ plate is perfect for 2 ppl if u get one extra side. Ribs are spicy!!
  • James B.
    James BNovember 16, 2011
    The fried chicken is unreal. But make sure the second time you go you get a BBQ plate. Just eat everything here.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 2, 2011
    The menu covers classics like smothered & fried pork chops, fried chicken & brisket/pork/links platters alongside some more conventional staples like ribeye & whole snapper. Read more
  • Gables Maven
    Gables MavenOctober 17, 2011
    For Real, The Fried Chicken And Mac & Cheese Are (Dare I Say) Finger Lickin' Good. Wash Down With A Craft Brew And Tell Your Mate You Love Him/Her.
  • Anoop R.
    Anoop RanganathOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    now open for lunch!
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooOctober 3, 2011
    Roasted cauliflower and the briskets. Delicious.
  • Erin L.
    Erin LaneSeptember 27, 2011
    BBQ platter + a Sixpoint = the only way to go. Also, on a recent visit they played an R. Kelly CD (Down Low, Fiesta, Ignition, Bump and Grind...), making this one of my new favorite places.
  • Heath T.
    Heath TerrySeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch go with the Big Chicken Biscuit or Sour Cream Pancakes (maybe the best I've ever had). Cheese grits are solid. Wish they opened earlier on weekends and took American Express!
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mashed potatoes. Sooo good.
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