Last night, Gabriel Stulman opened Bar Sardine on West 10th Street the former home to Chez Sardine. As part of this restaurant redo, Stulman has ditched the Japanese concept in favor of a classic, all-American bar. Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly's menu includes a nice mix of hearty and healthy foods: Cod fritters, arctic-char tartare, Gruyère grilled cheese with beer mustard, and, notably, a $10 burger with smoked Cheddar and barbecue mayo. Renovations include a bigger bar in the center of the room and a drink rail along the windows, where you can order cocktails like Supply & Demand Julep (with rye, peach, lemon, and mint), or choose from four different bottles of rosé. Take a look, straight ahead.
Bar Sardine, 183 West 10th St., 646.360.3705
Note: This weekend, Chez Sardine opens at noon, but starting Monday, the hours are noon to 2 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to midnight, Sunday through Tuesday.