Tonight I finally got a chance to check out Chef Wylie Dufresne’s newest restaurant, Alder, in the East Village. A foodie friend and I enjoyed a tasty, creative meal, mostly comprised of small plates — my favorite style of dining because it allows me to try a little bit of everything.  We ordered eight different dishes, all of which were cleverly and beautifully presented. Favorites of the night for both of us: the grilled eggplant (with smoked trout hidden below it), cured salmon with nectarines and yogurt, pigs in a blanket, and the rye pasta with pastrami. This pasta dish literally tasted like a pastrami on rye sandwich — it was so good, although you have to make sure you get both the pasta and pastrami together in each bite. Overall, I had a great experience at Alder, and am looking forward to returning to wd~50 in the near future.

Alder: 157 Second Avenue (between East 9th and 10th)


PIGS IN A BLANKET (chinese‌ sausage, japanese mustard, sweet chili sauce)


PUB CHEESE with pistachio-white fig, Martin’s “potato chips”


CURED ALASKAN KING SALMON with pine nut granola, tahini yogurt, nectarine


GRILLED EGGPLANT with scrambled‌ eggs, smoked brook trout, brown butter


RYE PASTA (shaved pastrami hiding underneath)


FISH & CHIPS with sweet pea-ramp tartar sauce


PEANUT BUTTER CAKE with chocolate ganache, blackberry sorbet 


The dining room