Chez Sardine, the former West Village eatery under Gabe Stulman's Little Wisco restaurant group umbrella, has reopened as the modern, chic and fresh-faced Bar Sardine. The plan to shut down and refocus the restaurant was announced in late June and ran basically on schedule, with Bar Sardine opening last Thursday to the public.
After taking two weeks off to makeover the space and develop a different approach, Bar Sardine has a brand spankin' new look, vibe and culinary concept. The menu, created by former Chez Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly, features bar bites meant to be shared rather than full-sized entree portions; particularly mouthwatering options include deviled eggs with soy and black garlic (yum), local burrata with radishes and boquerones, a gruyere grilled cheese with eggplant-tomato tapenade and beer mustard and smoked bird rillette with pickled beets and croutons.
Even further, Bar Sardine has an interesting cocktail menu, with creative libations like the Save Big Money with peanut pine liqueur, lemon, strawberry syrup and egg white and the New Orleans Knickerbocker, made with Slovenia Vodka, Banane du Brasil, lemon and Jack Rudy grenadine.
Located at 183 West 10th Street in the West Village, Bar Sardine is open from noon until midnight on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and noon until 2am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Other restaurants under the Little Wisco management include West Village hotspots Fedora, Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey's Grocery.