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Map & Directions 157 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
  • American
  • Sun, Wed-Sat 6pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
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Village Voice's Description

Wylie Dufresne focused for a full decade on his Lower East Side gem, wd-50, before opening Alder in the East Village. This more casual and affordable outpost is entirely a la carte, unlike his tasting-menu-focused fine dining restaurant, but the kitchen is just as skilled--a meal at Alder is full of surprises and delights. A lean, but silky clam chowder, for example, is garnished with trickster oyster crackers made from fried oyster meat. It's one of the best things on the menu, full of flavor and charm in equal amounts. And the chips that accompany the restaurant's smooth, pink-hued pub cheese are made from dried Martin's potato rolls. A lovely dish of rye-flavored pasta served with pastrami tastes of an East Village that's mostly vanished, which is to say, dreamy and delicious. Though occasionally the cleverness of Alder's culinary tricks can be more impressive than the flavors and textures they produce, it's clear the kitchen is having a hell of a good time. Order wisely and you will too. --Tejal Rao

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  • Serious Eats on 06/18/13

    Excellent, inventive cocktails and small plates from mad food scientist Wylie Dufresne. Come for a nibble or stay for a DIY tasting menu.

  • Cover on 01/07/14

    Dufresne's mad scientist take on classics are out of this world! Pigs in a Blanket, Pub Cheese, Rye Pasta, Root Beer Pudding. Try them, leave enlightened. Pay with Cover & skip waiting for the check.

  • naveen on 11/27/13

    order the octopus, the pigs in a blanket, the quail. and then once more.

  • Eater on 01/07/14

    Wylie Dufresne serves inventive food that's easy to enjoy. The New England clam chowder, rye pasta, and pigs in a blanket are already on their way to becoming Wylie classics. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Steve P. on 03/31/13

    Purple pub cheese, root beer pudding, whiskey cocktails with Guinness head.. How does Wylie Dufresne figure out exactly what I want before I do?

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