I know it's summer when I get an invite to grab a drink at Bar Sardine. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a glass (or three) of rose and watch people bustle around Greenwich Village. Normally, they throw open the floor to ceiling windows, but on the day Dulce and I visited, the doors were kept closed on account of cooler weather. Bar Sardine is super small but has this great contemporary American vibe that you want in an NYC oyster bar. This restaurant happens to be the product of Gabriel Stulman - a well known restauranteur and creator of nearby favorites like Jeffery's Grocery, Fedora, and Joseph Leonard. A handful of his restaurants are within a block of Bar Sardine, which means you can expect something good any place you decide to stumble in.
As for the food, they are probably best known for their alcoholic beverages and raw bar. I had an incredible burger with fried onions and would recommend it, but honestly, I never go for the food - it's the environment that I love. If you are going at prime brunch hours (1pm and on,) just expect to be fighting for one of the handful of seats in the place. It is worth it when you get one though.
With that much wood, my mind immediately goes to nautical, which makes sense as an oyster bar. There isn't anything especially unusual about the design - white walls, chevron wood floors, and a long wooden bar, but the gallery wall and storage behind the bar house unique little treasures you can't stop staring at. My favorite is the cinema light box that says "cocktails". You can actually customize a light box from Pottery Barn Teen with anything you want, which is pretty cool. The hanging ceramic and leather planters are subtle and cute as well. I love Design Letters for a modern letter board to highlight a special quote or things to remember. True neon signs are expensive, but people absolutely love it and can make a nice statement piece.