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Alder

Alder Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldernyc.com
  • Email: eat@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.

    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 restaurant is dimly lit, but the food brightens up the table in shining ways. Every morsel, and the portions are not much bigger than that, bursts with flavor and leaves you with the desire to have more. So more than one trip will be necessary. But save up for it...4 appetizers, one entree and 4 drinks came to $200.00.."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The great: shrimp on shrimp escargot carrot/cream cheese ice cream parfait The just OK side order of brussels sprouts, which waitress suggested because there wasn't anything else green on the menu The not so good Smoked hamachi collar. Unless you are really really into fish, the collar is just kinda weird. This version was like eating whitefish with barbecue sauce. Waitress didn't tell us that dish came with several tiny dishes of cooked green things, like collard greens, most of them oddly tasteless. Also, mixed drinks are supposed to be a specialty, but the tequila/carrot/something else cocktail we ordered tasted only of tequila. On the whole an interesting experience, but not sure I would be in a hurry to go back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Very heavy-handed with the seasoning. Nothing special or the menu. The pu pu platter was OK but I've had better elsewhere at half the price. Overall, it's over-priced and the portions are quite small - not a good combination. Too many other options in NYC to bother returning to."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I went there on a 3rd date and I wanted it to be special. Alder had such a great atmosphere and the food was amazing! Apparently their menu changes with the seasons, so I can't recommend anything as it will probably be gone very soon. It was all SO GOOD though! That being said, the dining room is VERY tight, and we asked to move to the bar just to be able to chat more casually. I highly recommend this as it is not as loud, a lot more space on the tabe for plates and drinks, and arguably the better choice overall for sharing plates and having continually great service from two bartenders. This is a specialty cocktail type bar so the drinks are expensive but delicious! And as great as the food was, you don't get a lot for your $$$."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere were great. However, our table was ready 30 minutes after the booking time. Moreover, we got a shared table; while in some restaurants shared tables are a standard, in Alder most tables are private this we had no reason to expect a shared table, nor were we notified prior to booking about the shared table. The manager, Shivan, was nothing short of rude when I complained on both the delay and the shared table. At some point she just turned her back and walked away WHILE I WAS TALKING. Shivan acted in a ridiculous, unprofessional manner which I would not expect in a classy place like Alder. Luckily for her, our waitress was super nice and was able to completely transfer out initial horrible experience in Alder."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Arrived at 8 pm on a Saturday night as a pert of 4. Nice looking Place and we were quickly shown to a table for six which we shared with a party of two already in the middle of their meal. Lots of community tables throughout this small establishment. Food was served on pretty slate slabs - portions were tiny at best. Overall quality of the food was good. Price was $130 for 1 exclusive of our cocktails. Bottom line, pretty place, attentive staff , food pretty but taste was average. Not worth returning in our opinion."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. Everything is impeccably designed, but the food was underwhelming and overpriced. Glorified pigs in a blanket and pizza bagels? No thank you."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The chef is trying too hard here. None of the dishes have any foundation, so they all flounder and swim around aimlessly. Hard to remember what we tried : the clam chowder was tasteless, the pigs in a blanket completely boring, they gave us the scotch quail eggs because we waited 1/2 hr for our table, but it was not really helpful. The rye pastrami pasta was far too salty, and the octopus not interesting, the scallops over-powered by all the unnecessary noise it came with ... The shrimps on shrimp cracker was so bland and uninspired, like a sad replica of something the chef tasted somewhere else but sadly, androids will never dream of flesh and blood sheep. Don't know why it's so popular."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Many dishes were fantastic (Octopus, Pigs in Blanket, Rye Pasta) others were a miss (Shrimp on Shrimp, Scotch Egg, Foie Gras)."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It's possible we went on a bad night or that dining at 10 pm we got the second string but truly this was a miss. Strange food that just consistently missed the mark. Bizarre rye pasta with cold cuts ( pastrami I think it was), rubbery calamari dish, pou-pou platter of appetizers had only the foie gras to recommend it, the rest tastes like bad cocktail canapés. Only thing we all liked was the crudo, decent but not a patch on Peruvian tiradito from which I imagine it took some inspiration. The desserts were the highlights of the meal and that's saying a lot as no one at our table are big fans of dessert but we were so underwhelmed by our food that we decided to try them to end the evening on a happy note."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "the food was largely tasteless, and seemed to be of not first rate quality, the meats full of gristle, 2 small pieces of toast with a bland artichoke spread for $18! Had a Frat Party vibe, if you like that sort of thing. And this was on a weekday night. I reread the NYT review when I got home, in disbelief- was I at the same Alder? We disliked the food so much we left it uneaten- and that never happens! The neighborhood really needs the restaurant in the review, but not the one that is manifest there now. Don't bother."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My dilema when I visit NYC is where to eat first... Alder is circled, underlined and 5 starred, to remind me how fantastic the food & service was... should I develop amnesia. Front of house was chippy & pleasant and the bar buzzing. Tables full, a good indication for great food & it was. Taste challenges were the rye pasta, odd yet delicious and the dessert mousse two stand outs guided by friendly waitstaff. Cocktails and cheeky wine list make this another LES fave."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Delicious, creative tapas style food. Drinks were spilled twice around us but we were not deterred! The grilled calamari and shrimp on shrimp are a must as was the hanger steak. Portion sizes are certainly tapas sized but beware, the prices are not. Overall a great foodie place and neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was good, but incredibly overpriced. I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Very disappointing! THe exotic combos are not very exotic or succesful and the rest of the food is undistinguished. We had mealy. cold grilled octopus, cut in very small pieceswith no discernible flavor, shrimp on shrimp, which had no discernible shrimp. The half duck breast was a small portion, slightly overcooked in a tasteless broth. The 3 scallops were the best of the lot but were served with very undercooked diced winter squash. Avoided dessert and had tepid expresso instead. This is not the first time we were at Alder but it will be the last. Incidentally Wylie was in the kitchen. He came out to stroke friends at a neighboring table. Too bad because this is a local place and very convenient!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was great and you get good size not obscene like in some places. Our waiter was really nice and willing to recommend items to us. We would definitely go back. The scallops and halibut were cooked to perfection and the root beer pudding was probably the best desert I've ever had"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Amazing and innovative options for brunch. Delicious chicken and waffles, cheese-bacon-egg gyozas, pastrami hash...All very delicious. Nice service. Bit pricey, but less than we thought. Couple $90 with no alcoholic drinks."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I made a reservation at Alder 5 days in advance. We arrived, a party of two, and we're walked to an already occupied table. We were told this was our seat, two chairs sharing a six seat table with a random group of 4. I'm sure they were nice, but it was truly a shock to be asked to be seated with another party. We asked the staff to kindly move us. They thankfully did in the following 10 minutes. Aside from the unprofessional staff arranging the seating, the night was excellent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I struggled to get reservations here and finally secured one - excited to go on a nice date with my boyfriend who has always wanted to try wd50, but that since that has been a little outside of our price range Alder seemed like a great pick. To start with, the service was some of the worst I've ever had. We had a truly terrible table right at the entrance to the kitchen which we got after politely asking if it would be possible to move after being seated at a table for 6. The food was absolutely nothing to write home about and very disappointing. Would have loved to see creative cuisine but nothing was terribly out of the ordinary. The pigs in a blanket were the best of what we ordered...but definitely over priced and not worth it"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I love Wylie Dufresne's main restaurant, wd-50, so I was very excited to try Alder. The food, however, was neither particularly innovative nor especially good. Out of eight different dishes I tried with a friend, only three were even worth mentioning (pigs in a blanket, sweetbreads, and scallops) and all of them were vastly overpriced for the amount of food provided. The best things I can say about Alder were that they had a couple of good cocktails (although who doesn't nowadays?) and a very nice, friendly waitstaff. While it probably costs a bit more, if you're interested in trying molecular gastronomy or modernist cuisine or whatever else people are calling it now, I would recommend skipping Alder and just going to wd-50."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great menu prepared perfectly awesome flavors and creative concept! Our server was completely forgettable with 0 desire to live apparently, thank god for the back waitress who spoke smiled laughed and was super knowledgeable about the menu, made no sense? However the meal was outstanding the Pu-Pu platter was fantastic as was everything we had that night (personal favorite was the Shepard's Pie Tar Tar)so I won't let the service stop me from a return.However don't go expecting a quiet romantic night it is still a Pub. All together the dining was excellent and my wife and I both big foodies I being a Chef and her a General Manager will certainly be going back! Be prepared to order multiple items each and spend a bit of $ but well worth it!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This place was not that great, and very expensive for the quality of the food. Nothing really stood out, and we paid $26 for an entree of scallops. Turns out there were only two on the plate, so basically $13/mediocre scallop."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Brunch was perfectly prepared and served. It was romantic in the sense that we shared favorites that were best ever and we tried new things we had always wanted to. My favorite: the scrambled eggs."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Fabulous, creative and well executed menu. Fresh takes on American classics."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Small portions, eclectic food but all tasty. The carrots cake sundae was so delicious!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Overrated. Some good things, but when a pleasant bartender is the best to be said, it's a troublesome."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I went to Alder a couple of years ago and the food was inventive (as expected) and also delicious, delicate and balanced in flavors. This time, the price of invention seemed to be blandness or overpowering spices or salt. It's still a fun place to go, but no longer a destination with so many other great places in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Simply put, Alder did not live up to the hype. While the menu's central premise is the elevation of the mundane, in execution, Alder manages somehow to flatten it even further. The French onion soup rings are simply doughy onion rings (somehow bitter?!) caked in half-congealed gruyere; there is likewise nothing creative or interesting about the Chinese sausage pigs in a blanket, which come wrapped in an unremarkable, rather unflaky crust; and the soggy jalapeño poppers' overpowering cream cheese filling eradicated any hint of the uni the menu promised. Even the best dish of the evening was a disappointment: the rye pasta, overcooked and largely flavorless, was saved only by some decent pastrami, but was unfortunately served to us cold."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "what an interesting restaurant! great quality and attention to detail. Super fast service. GREAT bloody mary's, and I should know! The pigs in blanket are the real deal. reeeeallly good. Pizza bagel, not so much. tastes like pizza on a bagel. jerk chicken is authentic. pastrami hash is awesome.. basically, everyhting's good. Don't go here if you want to be stuffed full with eggs, french toast, and all american stooge. Go here if yo want your taste buds to be excited and you don't want to be in a food coma afterwards."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Service left something to be desired but the food was inventive and delicious."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but overall had a good time. The food, though original and creative in concept, comes off as somewhat mass-produced, at a slightly too high price-point. The beer and wine was great though, wonderful selections. Great atmosphere, good service. Overall would recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I have been to Alder two times for brunch already - getting different items each time. The brunch is absolutely amazing. It's definitely not your regular brunch but a great and new take on it. As with all highly acclaimed places, the plates are generally small but the approach should always be on sharing. 3-4 plates is plenty for two people. Love the fact that you can get half cocktails, or "shorts," so you can try a couple different ones. Great service, great food, good value."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "rarely is there such a perfect match of adventure and deliciousness in progressive cuisine. each bite each course stimulated all spectrums of the palate."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Sharable plates of tasty reinvented dishes. The cocktails are fantastic. Try the docs Script!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent, relaxed feel to this restaurant. We loved the beets with coconut ricotta --wouldn't expect much but the coconut gave the dish a lot of flare. Also enjoyed the hamachi w/forbidden rice, pigs in a blanket, and halibut with bulgogi brussels sprouts. Delicious, inventive flavors that all went together. Root beer pudding was an interesting sweet treat - almost could feel the effervescence on our tongues, probably due to the crunchy cashews on top, because it wasn't really bubbly. Nothing is quite as it seems here with the food - lots of little clever touches that made this outstanding. Wine and drink choices are quite suitable to the food."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "inventive variations on bar snacks and small plates, some exquisite, some slightly off target, but that comes with the experimental nature of the place"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food tasted good, but the plates are for birds. 4 bites of food for $16, meaning we needed to order 10 plates for 4 people in order to have a snack. Pigs in a blanket are small in general, but these were 1/4 of the size. It was fun, but we all had to have pizza afterwards (we're not big people)."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "As a fashionable restaurant in nyc you never know if it's actually really good, this means service ( they are great, not rude at all, they don't show up with the bill to make you leave like most places) is very friendly, and the food is beautifully presented and delicious!!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was fresh and good but not as good as expected based on the interesting menu descriptions. Some items were bland. The hanger steak was very good. Pastrami pasta was not as good. Also, I tried to increase my reservation from two to three via open table however, there was no availability so just the two of us dined . I tried to call the restaurant but only got an answer machine message which was very direct and forceful advising that they only take reservations via open table. You can't speak to a human. The tone of the message seemed elitist. During our dinner, it was clear that there were plenty of open tables and a third person could have been accommodated. My opinion...it's just ok."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Pros: Food is terrific and interesting.. Pastrami pasta, octopus, coconut beets, steak were all quite good, service was nice maybe a little slow but fine Cons: LOUD not sure what they can do about this given the space but not the place for a romantic dinner a real potential issue.. Wine list was a little too funky We are glad we went but doubt we will go back"
    Dined on 3/5/2014