We’ve been trying for months to get a table at the tiny West Village restaurant Chez Sardine. Last night the stars aligned and we managed to walk in and grab a table for two at 7.30pm. As we took our seat at the tiny yet perfectly designed wooden bar, we realized immediately why this place is a big hit. A corner restaurant with huge glass windows, the tiny interior is impeccably designed with sleek dark wood finishings but at the same time manages not to take itself too seriously. Little pieces of “flair” are elegantly placed throughout like the photo of the legendary Mr Miyagi (that’s the guy from Karate Kid) leaning behind the bar, or the figurine of Bruce Lee discreetly placed in front of the kitchen.
The food here is really special. It’s not a run of the mill sushi joint, but rather a mouth-watering yummy take of the finest Japanese food. We inhaled the cod fritters, so good we had to order a second helping, a classic iceberg lettuce wedge with a creamy Japanese dressing and lashings of delicately made, melt in your mouth sushi. There’s no desert here, but they give you a little bowl of maple flavored custard which was out of this world. The staff, are so well in informed and caring about the food, it felt like they honestly cared about what you thought about each mouthful.
The music rocked in a really good way and the place was packed with a lively chatty crowd. Those waiting in the tiny waiting area for a table sipped on wine and were constantly bought little snacks by the lovely staff.Chez Sardine. 183 West 10th Street. New York. 10014. Tel: 646 360 3701. Open every night for dinner. Brunch is served on Saturday & Sunday. Photo Credit From Top: Thrilllist.com NYMag.com