New York, NY 10014
Village Voice's Description
Chez Sardine is the fifth iteration of the dining empire fanning out from Sheridan Square known as Little Wisco. Via chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly, who also runs the kitchen around the corner at Fedora, another Little Wisco restaurant, the menu features reconstructed izakaya (Japanese pub) fare. There is, for example, a nori roll packed with chopped beef and sea urchin, and a piece of finger sushi covering a small wad of mackerel with frizzled leeks and potatoes, which sit on top like unkempt fur. Larger plates run to a beef cheek curry in a tall bowl with rice and pickles, and a maki roll filled with shrimp, avocado, and soy-flavored mayo that has been battered and deep fried, tempura style. Not such a good idea is a greasy toasted-cheese sandwich filled with foie gras, almost impossible to power through. True to its name, the place is sardine-size, with a few small tables and some stools along the bar and sushi bar. Be prepared to wait.
Tips from foursquare
Get the char, the pork belly and eel roll, and the pancakes
Get the Foie Gras & Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese. Weird, but oozing and delicious, just ask for extra napkins before you dig in.
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.
They are playing Destiny's Child "Say My Name". I love this place.
Arctic Char, Uni with Steak Tartare, Unagi Pork roll, breakfast pancake, maki tempura, and everything else too
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