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Alder Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldernyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 539-1900
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Bignelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Public Transit: Take the L to 1st or 3rd Avenue

    Take the 6 to Astor Place

    Take the N or the R to 8th St-NYU

    Take the F to Second Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Primo Spot, Inc can help you locate street parking as well as garages.


    Little Man Parking - 9th St between 2nd and 3rd

    Icon Parking Garage - Lafayette between 7th and 8th St)

    City Parking - 525 East 11th St (Between Ave A and Ave B)
A word from Alder
The 56-seat neighborhood spot is a modern interpretation of a public house, offering casual food, well-crafted cocktails and an extensive selection of intriguing and affordable wines. In the spirit of every great pub, guests are welcomed to drop in for anything from a drink and a quick bite on the way home after work, to joining with friends or family in sharing a meal.

Chef Wylie Dufresne, along with Executive Chef Jon Bignelli, apply innovative techniques in the kitchen at Alder, taking familiar dishes and flavor combinations and presenting them in their own unique style, celebrating New York City’s diverse food culture in the process. Dufresne and Bignelli find their inspiration in their metropolitan surroundings: New York is a city where we can source the best ingredients from around the world and turn them into something distinctly American.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food at this restaurant is very good, but I felt that the prices were a little high for the portion size. The off menu assorted platter was a great way to try different things. Shrimp on shrimp and the Caesar chicken wings were prepared very well. The onion rings were excellent and the cheese was a welcome addition. We both enjoyed trying a "short" which is a half sized version of the cocktails offered on the menu. It would be better if all choices on the drink menu (not just 4) were shorts. The wait staff were pleasant and informative, although not overly friendly. They did a good job of getting food out to the tables. I would recommend this restaurant to those that are not shy about spending a little more for good food"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We loved it. Food was very creative and delicious. Pigs in a blanket were fantastic as well as the cheese platter. The rabbit sausage was too strong for me, but my wife loved. Would come back in a heartbeat"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Quite simply this is why you go out to eat. Run don't walk to eat at this resturant."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This was the biggest disappointment of our 5 night eating and drinking frenzy this past weekend. The hype around the comfort food elevated with playfulness was intriguing but didn't really show on the plate. The 3 starters of Shrimp on shrimp, foie gras, and the pigs in a blanket were the best food of the evening. The squash blossoms were bland with too much batter, the pastrami pasta a gimmick, and the rabbit sausage was o.k. but nothing to get excited about. There was potential (the sauce on the veggies with the rabbit was delicious) but cute names doesn't really make them interesting. The pasta was the most playful in its concept and yes, the noodles tasted like rye but were bland and the pastrami dry. Perhaps needs some attention?"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "LOVED the food. However, there was so much noise in the restaurant and it was SO loud that we couldn't hear one another. Would definitely return for the food though."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Unique tastes and flavors. Some of the bar food was terribly overpriced ($16 for 5 onion rings!) so the bill racks up very quickly. Appetizers/bar food in general were better than the main dishes. Escargots were disappointing and flavorless but sea bass, pasta, pigs in a blanket, desserts were all delicious. Service was not up to par for the quality of the restaurant; our server was clear about wanting to answer some questions but had no patience for beyond that. This type of restaurant really relies on servers to explain the dishes and ingredients, so that was disappointing. We still loved our overall experience, though."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The brunch was horrible. Their bloody mary popcorn was stale. The bacon and egg gyoza was the only good thing. It is a relatively small menu with limited options. The pastrami hash was served with a soft poached egg on top on a completely flat plate. Does this make any sense, obviously when the egg is broken all the great juices are now on the table and not able to be scooped up. The drinks were lackluster and the place was COMPLETELY empty for a Sunday Brunch. Wouldn't return"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Expected to be wooed. What I received was uneven. No dish was fully satisfying: Pu Pu platter,squid salad, escargot toasts, striped bass."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed the unique gourmet twist on some basics (e.g., french onion soup + onion rings = french onion soup rings). Our favorite dish was the rye pasta with pastrami, but we absolutely loved everything. The cocktails are also unique, refreshing and delicious. We will definitely dine here again!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I met longtime friends for dinner at my suggestion. The portions of the entrees were very small and I felt there was too much spice/heat in the food that I could not eat it all. No reason for the heat particularly when it was not mentioned on the menu."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Alder has very friendly wait staff. The ambiance is good for dates. I only went for an off menu item so I cant speak to the main menu, but I did have one of the desserts. They have a great root beer pudding."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves immensely but it was loud and sometime difficult for me to understand our server and her us. That said the service was attentive without being intrusive by all who helped us. In the currently popular world of "small plates" restaurants we felt like we had some pretty extraordinary ones here at Alder; we would recommend it and return."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Overall I had a really nice experience at Alder. I love the way the restaurant looks inside and the staff was happy to answer questions. The food was tasty. I shared the onion rings and a rye pasta. Both were great. I wasn't aware of the small plate concept until I got there so the prices were a bit high for what "I thought" I was getting. I was visiting from out-of-town and the noise level was a bit too loud for me but typical New Yorker's don't mind."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "we ordered 3 courses each because server says there portions are very small and the price was fine. But the main menus were not that delicious that I expected. And also the dessert was so small. I ordered corn bread with strawberry something and I got some big bread crumbs. I understand the portions are small because it' s cheap. I think this restaurant will be better when u sit on the bar and order some famous menus that u heard before. But the service was good.they are kind tho."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Alder was a nice setting for a late dinner with my young adult children. They are starting to appreciate what goes in to making a memorable dining experience. Food is number one but also service can make or break a meal. Our "main" waiter (they work as team)was pleasant and somewhat helpful with questions about the menu. However-- at this level I expect the wait staff to not only bring the dish but to present it, describe it and make any anecdote that might be of interest---especially since it is a "tapas" style restaurant. Only when asked was the waiter more than helpful in the description of the dish, other than that each dish was just brought to the table and and nothing else--- I would always opt for a clear description of each dish"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Two of us shared a "pupu platter," which consisted of two pieces each of five different "bites." It was delicious. We then went on to share the escargot dish (nice flavors but hard to distinguish the escargots from the mushrooms) and the soft-shell crabs -- outstanding! Our server, Aaron, did a superb job at explaining every dish in detail and his service was impeccable -- very thorough and attentive. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After years of "meaning" to try wd~50, we found ourselves with an early last-minute table at Alder. Odd advice for a restaurant, but don't come hungry! The strength of Alder lies in its deliciously careful, thoughtful small morsels, not in any sort of stick-to-your-ribs-ness. There's not a bite you'll want to lose to your appetite (except the soft shell crab, a generous helping of grease, crunch & salt). Scotch eggs were a winner, foie gras also perfection. do save room for dessert. Sound like a stupid plan for a whole dinner out (i.e. not much of a dinner at all)? The bar has enough space to audition a plate or two and a fun cocktail (but skip the FOMO unless you're into the taste of Windex, IMO). 7:30 on a Friday still had room."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We weren't sure we wanted another small plates meal at a crowded noisy restaurant, but we were really glad we we tried Alder. The pigs in the blanket were tasty and the chicken liver mousse was creamy and yummy. The rye pasta was innovative and good and the soft shell crab was delicious. Can't say enough about the carrot cake sundae. The service was really nice and not pushy. Although noisy, you could still carry on a conversation. Really had a nice dice dining experience at Alder."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food at Alder was interesting to look at but not always pleasant to eat. Pricey and precious small plates were not interesting enough to warrant a return trip however."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Both of us were starving after our meal and we had several small plates and 2 large plates. At $100 - that offering very poor value."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was visiting NY and made reservations at Alder...the reviews seemed to be more favorable than not so I decided to try it with my daughter. All I can say is the best thing that we got on the menu was a version of pigs in a blanket, the rest of the meal was really not very good. The restaurant was nice and comfortable and might be a good place for a drink and appetizers."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I wasn't impressed. The dining room was over-crowded in typical NYC fashion. We were led to a tiny table which was sandwiched between two other parties, so we opted for seats at the bar instead. I wasn't crazy about the cocktails. The menu looked good, and most of the food was alright, though I felt that everything was a bit expensive. I have no problems paying that kind of money for food, but at that price point, I expect better flavors. We sent the skirt steak back as it was rather unedible. I am a big fan of the sort of small plates menu that they offer, so my issue isn't with price or portion size. Just the quality of the food coming out of the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "rip off! entrée portions of meat or fish were, I was proudly told, 3 ounces! Absurd. Wasn't even particularly good. Noise level was deafening. Staff was very good. All your get here is a "name.""
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Everything we ate was really delicious. The foie gras, the pub cheese with pistachio brittle, and root beer pudding were my favorites!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Tasty, delicious fresh, would definitely suggest to the chef to revise their onion soup rings to include more broth, and even pieces of beef"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed Alder. Be sure to order the lamb shepherd's pie - it's out of this world. Overall all the food was well done and the drinks are great (and boozy :)). Our server was attentive but cold- we didn't exactly feel welcome. We moved to the bar after dinner for another cocktail and liked the bartender."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wylie Dufresne brings his fun and inventive modernist spin to a casual bar vibe at reasonable prices. While I will miss WD50, and hope he will reopen a fine dining restaurant, in the meantime Alder is both fun and delicious. The molecular spin here is also fairly subtle and hidden, so it remains a good place for those intimidated by modernist cuisine."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Pigs in the blanket are delicious. As was shrimps on shrimps and this delicious beef dish. Salmon was nothing to get excited about."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've been to Alder several times and have enjoyed it each time. The menu does change but some of my favorites seem to stick around like the pub cheese and the onion rings. Personally, I love eating small plates and sharing. Alder lends itself to that. The service can be a bit snooty but the bar tenders are outstanding. They have a great cocktail selection and will make you something special if you ask. Alder is hip and serious about food but in a relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "All of the food was delicious, some more than others, though not all being executed to the perfection which I had anticipated, given this being a WD restaurant. Not sure if my expectations were too high for a WD sister restaurant? Maybe. Also enjoyed some creative cocktails. Staff could have been more personable. Thought the price point was appropriate. I'm glad I went but didn't find it memorable to return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A great addition to the choices in E village. food was very creative, amazing pigs in a blanket, and great tapas Style menu. The entrees are very small and leave you hungry. I got the steak which was like 10 pieces of sliced tender beef, with it came as a hunk of meat though. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was inconsistent. Our clam chowder was just okay. Our beets dish was also just average. There were a few good hits from our dinner, but overall I would not return. They were also not kid friendly - no high chairs or booster seats."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I was really disappointed. I kept hearing so many good things and our meal was just so so. (I took my work team here for a celebration.) The foie was awesome, but the next app (escargot) to come out was inedible. I had to send it back! (I don't think I've sent back a dish in years.) The scallop dish was bland (although the radishes were interesting). The hanger steak was good. The fish was fine. The pigs in a blanket reminded me of TGI Fridays. We still had plenty of wine and cocktails to get through it, but this is definitely not a place I'd recommend."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Loved everything about Alder, from the pigs in blankets to the women made wines! We had a great night out, tasted some delicious food and enjoyed the chilled ambiance. Loved the sharing aspect of the menu - would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Loved the wine list, with its prominent selection of wines made by women. Hated the noise. We ate early, while the restaurant was still nearly empty, and the tunes were clicked up to 10. I like music, too. But this was jarring - we couldn't hear ourselves talk. Wylie D. was present, which was nice. Some nice small plates, some misses, esp. for the price. Room not very comfortable somehow. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Alder was the perfect combination of interesting and excellently prepared food with a relaxed vibe in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "First time to the East Village in NYC. Great restaurant and exceptional food but didn't love the neighborhood. I'd go back again to the restaurant but not hang out in the area. There are other parts of NYC that are much more fun. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Incredibly complex and fascinating taste combinations. An adventure for the palette. My wife is a vegetarian and there were very few choices for her."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was definitely not bad, but I have had much better for half the price. The portions were wayyyy too small for how much they cost. The service was very good and the drinks were good, but I just cannot rationalize the cost for the quality of the food. I also found some of the food to be over spiced. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I'm a WD fan and have eaten at WD50 on a previous trip to NYC. However, Alder is so so. First of all, my dining partner had trouble finding a cocktail as their full bar does not carry pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, or pomegranate juice, even though their specialty cocktails include some of these juices. We ordered the foie gras which was a bit too salty, even with the tasty piece of pineapple, plus the pancetta crostini with artichoke ragout, which was delicious. The entrees were the duck and the halibut. The duck was ...meh, however the halibut was excellent. Based on the disappointing ducks, we chose to have dessert elsewhere. Service was excellent, but the restaurant is not worth the hype. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014