Chez Sardine

Chez Sardine

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sneakily usurping Joseph Leonard for the "Best wvillage brunch" title. The crab egg in a hole with corn and cheddar is unreal. Get weird with some octopus okonomi and avocado toast with deviled egg. Read more
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    The food will knock your socks off. From the foie-gras-and-smoked-­cheddar grilled cheese sandwich to the silver-dollar pancakes topped with salmon roe to the delicious selection of fresh sushi. Read more
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The salmon head is more delicious and less weird than it sounds. Pork and unagi hand roll. Urchin and chopped beef. Pork belly. Skip the pancakes, beef curry, and grilled cheese.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 8, 2012
    Offers sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as things like Brussels sprouts with apples, crispy chicken with kimchi, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with smoked cheddar and foie gras Read more
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gabe Stulman's latest west village spot, which he described as "an inauthentic version of a Japanese izakaya". Dishes like crispy chicken and kimchi, and foie gras smoked cheddar grilled cheese.
  • Lea J.
    Lea J.March 9, 2014
    Some of the best food I've had in the city. Pancakes, pork belly, scallop sushi and the complimentary creamsicle soft serve ice cream w/ vanilla wafers at the end... Oh and the oyster mushrooms! Whoa.
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake ShawApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    New favorite brunch place! (sorry JL, although to be fair, the chef Shuai used to cook there). Get the chirashi, egg sandwich, or crab egg in a hole.
  • Tracy P.
    Tracy P.November 10, 2013
    Very delicious. Loved the grilled cheese with foie gras and the lobster tempura roll. The miso maple salmon head was very delicious as well. Shout out to the hostess for graciously accommodating us.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sneaky great brunch with some Asian flare thrown in. No line at noon = unheard of in the wvillage. Good Joseph Leonard alternative. Get the miso baked oysters to share for a starter.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TarrAugust 5, 2013
    The Volleyball at the Bowling Alley is one of the best drinks I've ever had. It sounds sweet but it's not. The bourbon drink is delicious. Depends on what you are in the mood for.
  • David R.
    David RosenbergFebruary 24, 2014
    The miso salmon head is of course a must. But don't sleep on the arctic char (smokey and delicious) with crispy rice or the iceberg wedge with whipped ricotta and honey.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkApril 11, 2013
    The slim restaurant’s sardine-can-size kitchen sends out wild riffs on sushi, like pork-belly or chopped-beef-with-uni & more gluttonous dishes like a grilled cheese sandwich oozing melted foie gras. Read more
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonFebruary 21, 2013
    Amazing dinner last night! Tiny spot but packs a ton. A few favs: pork/Unagi hand roll, chopped beef/uni sushi, scallop/quail egg sushi, foie gras grilled cheese! Great drinks too!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KottkeMay 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good for brunch, get on it before it blows up. Granola, burger, miso oysters, and eggs florentine (with brown butter hollandaise) all worth getting. Great people viewing on the corner.
  • Susan L.heart icon on user image
    Susan LohJanuary 21, 2014
    Next visit, I'll likely go all in on sushi. It's that good. Unique combinations of textures and flavors. Beef uni a must.
  • S. F.heart icon on user image
    S. FanOctober 4, 2013
    Cauliflower with pana cotta in child dashi and shitaki with bonito flakes on top. Surprisingly refreshing and love the pudding like texture!
  • Genaheart icon on user image
    GenaMarch 5, 2013
    If you can't make up your mind about what to order, leave your fate in the hands of your waiter (ours was Chad). Hell make sure you hit all the right dishes (in the right order) w/o hiking up the bill
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 14, 2012
    Gabe Stulman’s Little Wisco empire moves on from Italian and New American to tackle Japanese bar food. As telegraphed by the name, authenticity takes a backseat to creativity at this upbeat izakaya. Read more
  • Fred W.heart icon on user image
    Fred WilsonDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Arctic Char, Uni with Steak Tartare, Unagi Pork roll, breakfast pancake, maki tempura, and everything else too
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WoodJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    So f-ing delicious & inventive it just blows my mind. If I had to leave one concrete recommendation it'd be get the breakfast pancakes. Pillows of heaven.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 28, 2014
    Gabriel Stulman’s clutch of downtown Manhattan restaurants includes the neighborhood haunts Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey’s Grocery,the trendy cocktail den Fedora, and the excellent, more rarified Perla.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I normally hate deviled eggs, but this avocado toast with deviled eggs and pickled onions has made me a convert.
  • Pam B.
    Pam B.March 20, 2013
    NYT says to get the cod fritters, pork and unagi hand roll, miso-maple salmon head, breakfast pancakes, and braised beef curry.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 14, 2013
    Lively atmosphere and smartly crafted small plates make this Gabriel Stulman restaurant something special.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KarnofskyJuly 31, 2013
    A place for the adventurous eaters only. Fish breakfast pancakes and duck confit smoked cheddar grilled cheese.... Mind. Blown.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanSeptember 15, 2013
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO chirashi and hush puppies special are my fav. The Fish is so fresh here. Can't wait to come back.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 28, 2013
    Get the Foie Gras & Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese. Weird, but oozing and delicious, just ask for extra napkins before you dig in.
  • Akaash A.
    Akaash AchrejaFebruary 24, 2013
    The best new restaurant in the city. Everything on the menu is fantastic, but if nothing else, get the sushi rice balls.
  • Edris N.
    Edris NichollsApril 21, 2013
    Maki tempura, yummy! If you enjoy fish us the place to be ... Excellent!
  • The New Yorker M.
    The menu of snacks, sushi bites, and small and large plates is full of oddities, ambitious, overwhelmingly rich, and delicious in turn. Read more
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Try as many plates as you can convince your dining companions to order – think of them as Japanese tapas. Read more
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 23, 2013
    My favorite of Gabe Stulman's so far! Breakfast Pancakes and Foie Gras & Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese were unreal.
  • Cezary
    CezaryFebruary 20, 2013
    This is such a good spot, it's packed even on weeknights. The pancakes, octopus + pork belly were my faves.
  • Selin C.heart icon on user image
    Selin CebeciAugust 29, 2013
    Impressive food and service! Octopus Carpaccio, Lobster Roll, Unagi and Salmon is to die for
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonMarch 10, 2013
    Dare I say the winner here is a drink? The Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier is a unique, smokey German lager that you won't find very often
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LeeJanuary 4, 2014
    Ummm beat dinner i have had in years ! I dont think you can go wrong with anything on the menu !
  • S. F.heart icon on user image
    S. FanOctober 4, 2013
    Can't miso salmon head! It is monster like but ridiculously tasty!
  • Jori B.
    Jori BellMarch 10, 2013
    Mind blowing meal. Get the miso maple salmon head, pork belly, char sushi and Brussels sprouts.
  • Daniele H.
    Daniele HauptmanJune 29, 2014
    Avocado toast is amazing, chirashi was super fresh and delicious. So sad it's closing! :*(
  • Eyal
    EyalDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Maki tempura, beef tartare: delicious. Spanish Mackerel is a melt-in-your-mouth heavenly bite.
  • Idan D.heart icon on user image
    Idan DeutschJuly 7, 2013
    Chocolate banana bread and eggs florentine were both great. I saw someone order the fedora burger nearby and I was filled with food envy.
  • MtoM
    MtoMMarch 30, 2013
    Very nice brunch alternative. Order the char and add a poached egg!
  • Mike A.heart icon on user image
    Mike AndersonJanuary 26, 2014
    Beef tartare, and charred octopus are phenomenal. Great sake too
  • Eyal
    EyalDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For drinks: Midnight In Her Eyes to start the dinner. Rittenhouse rye, Amaro Montenegro, cherry hazelnut bitters. Coats mouth with sweetness.
  • Lia D.
    Lia D'AmicoMay 18, 2013
    Very good food (the best spicy tuna hand roll ever) but soooo sloooow...
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HFebruary 16, 2014
    Go for the sushi! Best part of the menu hands down!
  • Yoonie K.
    Yoonie KimDecember 7, 2012
    Get the caviar on toast, and chopped beef/uni sushi. Delicious!
  • Sam D.
    Sam DukeDecember 3, 2012
    Killer non-traditional sushi. The beef tongue and artic char are winners.
  • ginny h.
    ginny hJuly 24, 2013
    Beef tartar!! All the fish we had was also super fresh.
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe RoseNovember 2, 2013
    Don't even bother with the small or large plates. Just order everything from the sushi bar.
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