Alder

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)

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

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

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

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

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RYE PASTA (shaved pastrami hiding underneath)

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FISH & CHIPS with sweet pea-ramp tartar sauce

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PEANUT BUTTER CAKE with chocolate ganache, blackberry sorbet 

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The dining room

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Alder