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The Cardinal

The Cardinal

(Now Closed)
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, BBQ Joint, and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • 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
  • 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 wine...got the BBQ platter and fried chicken for 6 and it was more than enough
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Spanish Rob V.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Sara .heart icon on user image
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾September 4, 2014
    So good! Basically had a tower of pork. The mac'n'cheese is bangin! Great atmosphere.
  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    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. 😋
  • Annie A.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Tamara H.heart icon on user image
    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?
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth I.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth IrizFebruary 18, 2013
    In a world full of mediocre pancakes, the sweet potato stack stands well above the rest. Not to be missed!!
  • Anya L.
    Anya Lipski WinslowFebruary 23, 2013
    Bloody Mary with lots of accoutrements...a MUST when you come. Staff EXTREMELY friendly!
  • 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.
  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the brunch special on the weekend - $5 for as many mimosas as you'd like!
  • miles l.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Corley S.heart icon on user image
    Corley StoneJanuary 24, 2015
    Great brunch deal including unlimited mimosas!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaNovember 4, 2013
    Great brunch spot! Fried chicken and French toast are delicious (and huge)
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachAugust 18, 2014
    Catfish was awesome. I appreciated that it wasn't breaded and deep-fried.
  • 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.
  • Pat N.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Jeana C.
    Jeana CostaFebruary 26, 2012
    $5 for unlimited mimosa's with brunch is a steal! They're good with refilling too.
  • Uranium T.
    Uranium TVJuly 10, 2013
    On Tuesday nights in the summer, the new age beatniks play dominos in the sauna downstairs.
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoOctober 16, 2014
    Love this place for brunch, especially the chicken and waffles
  • harryh
    harryhAugust 14, 2013
    Check out the badass transformers pinball machine downstairs.
  • Maurice P.
    Maurice PJune 22, 2014
    The fried chicken is to die for. Also, $5 for bottomless mimosas? Is this real life?
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenOctober 28, 2012
    There's rarely a wait for weekend brunch. Best hidden secret for last-minute plans
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    contrary to older comments their has always been air conditioning both upstairs and downstairs...
  • Adrianne B.heart icon on user image
    Adrianne BenzionJuly 22, 2012
    The veggie biscuits & gravy were awesome. Ordered a side of eggs for $3 and they were huge. $5 bottomless mimosas.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KholodnySeptember 24, 2012
    There is a very nice bathroom downstairs for all customers during all hours contrary to some earlier comments
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    cast iron skillet, american cheese, onions, lettuce, potato roll. House-made pickles and chips. $13
  • Craig A.heart icon on user image
    Craig AustinFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken fried steak was excellent. Not too heavy.
  • Vivek B.heart icon on user image
    Vivek BhagwatAugust 23, 2014
    Pancakes or fried chicken for brunch. Always seems to have a table for 2 available
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LAugust 26, 2013
    The biscuits and gravy and banana pudding are a must-have
  • 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.
  • Doug W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengSeptember 8, 2014
    Order the bottomless mimosas and try their biscuits!
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    cast iron skillet, american cheese, onions, lettuce, potato roll.House-made pickles and chips
  • 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!!
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZhouMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    French toast with Blueberry compote special is really great.
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