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  • Southern & Soul, Barbecue
  • 234 E 4th St, New York NY10009 40.723433 -73.9830289
  • (Btwn Ave A & B)
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  • (212) 995-8600
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User Ratings (Based on 13 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.3
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 995-8600
(917) 327-2321
(212) 995-8602
Place Order:
Order From The Cardinal for delivery & takeout
Delivery Take Out AmEx ATM on Premises
Dinner Sun-Thu: 6pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 6pm-12am Brunch Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm
Dinner, Brunch
Open Late, Trendy, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
14th St to Delancey St; Broadway to Ave D

User Reviews

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by Rob from Manhattan on 01/23/2012

    Loved it. Definitely recomend going.

    My wife and I and another couple had dinner here recently, and everyone came away very, very happy. The food was awesome and very authentic. Three of us each ordered BBQ platters with ribs, pulled pork, and brisket and it was excellent. I was in heaven, I'm not even sure I looked up to participate in the dinner conversation. There are about a dozen sides to choose from, but naturally I got the Mac & Cheese and it was insane. Just the perfect amount of fresh black pepper on the top to five it some bite. The desserts were tasty, and even though there was no chocolate on the menu I had a solid piece of pecan pie. I found the beer list to be small but diverse, and perfectly priced. The service was attentive and very friendly. As for the decor, it's no frills, though the lower level has a touch more ambiance, whereas the scenery on the ground floor is people-watching through the windows, which most New Yorkers love anyway. Finally, the bill did not hurt our pockets, and everyone had leftovers. I would 100% recommend going here if you are looking for flavorful Carolina BBQ without NYC prices.

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2011

    Get thee to Cardinal ... now.

    I'm from North Carolina and love my home so much that I go back every other month or so to visit. I didn't have high hopes for Cardinal. Southern food in NYC is a joke ... Especially in hipster incarnations. But OMFG -- the fried chicken is the truth! Cooked to order, it comes out hot and juicy with nicely seasoned crunch. The collards had the right balance of vinegar and sugar and were appropriately "mushy" like we eat them at home. And the baked macaroni was peppery and with perfectly "orange cheese"... (Gouda, gruyere and fontina have their place ... just NOT in southern macaroni and cheese -- "macaroni" if you prefer, but never "Mac and cheese"). I'm skeptical about pulled pork in NYC -- my family is from Eastern NC -- but given my initial experience with the Cardinal, I'm planning to try it the next time. If I can resist the chicken, that is. By the way -- $17 is (almost) blasphemy for fried chicken ... BUT the chicken is worth the sin and the portion size makes it suitable for sharing (or leftovers). Plus it's cheaper and an effective substitute for a visit back home. I'll happily fork over the $17. My only complaint is how far it is from my UWS apartment (though that's prolly a good thing for my waistline)! I can't wait to get back to explore the rest of the menu. FYI -- the chef is a NC boy (Asheville). It shows. Yum!

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by Yumi on 10/10/2011

    Good fried chicken

    Only had the fried chicken sandwich. Great crispy batter fried in clean oil, super moist thick white meat. I'm from the south and love southern food, and I especially love when it's upgraded from the truck stop quality I grew up with to a more upscale version. This just means better ingredients and prepared carefully to maximize taste!

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2011


    I've lived in the deep south and this is the best greens and chicken plate I've had in NYC.

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2011

    Good food, but overpriced

    The Southern style food was well prepared and tasted good, but was nothing I couldn't have gotten at my grandmother's house in North Carolina -- and for much cheaper!

  • The Cardinal

    Posted by bb on 08/27/2011

    Great fancy place!

    Very cute and cosy new place to hang out with the best fried chicken / pulled pork !

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