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The Cardinal

Map & Directions 234 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10009
  • American, Soul Food, Southern
  • Sun, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Though named for the state bird of North Carolina, a road-kill turkey is plastered on one wall, signaling the makeshift East Village décor of the place -- with an odd floor layout to match. The food remains true to the Tar Heel theme. Best of all is a smothered pork chop as thick as a Bible, studded with black peppercorns, and a pair of fried catfish filets that one diner will have trouble finishing. The barbecue is unexpectedly good. A platter allows you to pick three out of four choices (beef brisket, pork ribs, hot links, and pulled pork), and this place is certainly the best barbecue joint south of 23rd Street – and one where the sides don’t suck.

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  • Heath T. on 09/17/11

    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!

  • Gilt City on 12/12/11

    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 on 11/02/11

    The menu covers classics like smothered & fried pork chops, fried chicken & brisket/pork/links platters alongside some more conventional staples like ribeye & whole snapper.

  • Jeana C. on 02/25/12

    $5 for unlimited mimosa's with brunch is a steal! They're good with refilling too.

  • Erin G. on 09/27/11

    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.

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