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Bar Sardine

Bars, Cocktail bars West Village
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Fedora Burger ($10) - smoked cheddar, crispy potatoes, cucumbers
Photograph: Filip Wolak

After shuttering for two weeks in July 2014, Chez Sardine shook its Asian influences to reset with a more playful snack menu and a heavier concentration on cocktails. Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly remains in the kitchen to dispatch elevated bar bites like black-garlic deviled eggs, herbed french fries with maple-mustard aioli and cod fritters with lemon mayo. The mid-20th-century space now has a larger bar run by Wisco alum Brian Bartels, who whips mint soft-serve ice cream into cocoa and cream liqueurs for the Black Pepper Grasshopper.


Venue name: Bar Sardine
Address: 183 W 10th St
New York
Cross street: between W 4th St and Seventh Ave South
Opening hours: Mon, Tue noon–midnight, Wed–Sat noon–2am, Sun noon-midnight
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average cocktail: $13. AmEx, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Another great little spot from the HCH group and perfect on a summer afternoon to sip white wine, eat oysters and watch the world go by on a bustling west village corner!

I've been here only once a few weeks ago, but it's quickly crept to the top of my list of favorite bars in the West Village. We were there nice and early on a weeknight, so managed to grab a spot at the bar (I've heard it get's busy later, so better to get in early!). The interiors are perfect, a lot of attention has been paid to making the space look great, but it's nowhere near as pretentious as a lot of the other bars nearby, making it a comfortable place to be. We had cocktails and two different types of oysters (some from east coast, others from west), and I can't fault anything. The negronis were perfectly balanced, and the oysters were fresh and had an extensive array of sauces and toppings to mix-and-match with. Apparently the burgers are incredible, so I'm definitely planning another visit already.

Bar Sardine is worth visiting for the Fedora Burger alone. Everything about it is perfect: smoked cheddar, crispy shoestring fries, BBQ mayo, cucumbers. It's crunchy and juicy and spicy and heavenly. Aside from the burger, Bar Sardine is also a great place to go for some cocktails that are pricey-but-not-too-pricey. If cocktails aren't your thing, they have a very affordable wine list that's perfect to split with a friend over a plate of oysters and some deviled eggs... while you wait for your Fedora Burgers. Seriously, order the burger and split a side of herbed french fries or you'll seriously regret it forever.