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Chez Sardine: Gonzo Japanese from the Fedora Crew

"This would be a fantastic first date activity," was my first thought as my dining companion and I dove into Chez Sardine's miso-maple salmon head. It's as much adventure as plated dish, prompting a solid 15 minutes of excited chopstick-poking and guaranteed conversation. For introducing me to the pleasures of tender salmon cheek, I have Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly to thank, and his menu at Chez Sardine—loosely Japanese, everywhere daring, and as fun as it is impressive. More

First Look: Chez Sardine, Gabriel Stulman's Latest West Village Restaurant

So there's a new vaguely Japanese-inspired West Village restaurant, but there are dishes like a foie gras grilled cheese on the menu, and the uni sushi has steak tartare, and the hamachi has chicharrĂ³n... oh, and there's an excellent craft list. And the centerpiece of the menu is a whole salmon head.

In the hands of anyone else, this sounds somewhat ludicrous. In the hands of restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly, it makes perfect sense.


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