Alder
Alder

Alder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldernyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125391900
  • 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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Alder reviews from OpenTable diners
246 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (167)hot spot (71)neighborhood gem (62)special occasion (49)romantic (29)vibrant bar scene (28)notable wine list (26)late-night find (23)great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (22)great for brunch (18)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • diner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service was strong enough and some bites were satisfying but overall the food was not as well conceived of as the price point and former hype would suggest. Squash blossom was nice; strawberry dessert in August was not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Explorative, fun spot for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Loved it. A perfect spot for adventurous eaters who are game to try lots of different fare. The menu is extremely creative, but more importantly, delicious. Very spirited when it comes to noise, but we weren't looking for a quiet dinner. The wine list is also eclectic, but has some real gems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was okay. Service wasn't.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The dishes were a little hit or miss. We found ourselves liking about 50% of the dishes we tried. Some were a little more creative than they were tasty. Service on the other hand was bad. They brought our appetizer order out to the table next to us, who'd just sat down and hadn't even ordered yet. When they realized what'd happened they let the other table have our appetizer gratis and made us wait another 10-15mins to bring another order of the same out for us. Really weird considering we'd been inconvenienced and the other table got a comp'd item, while we paid for that dish as well as everything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and Innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Super fun restaurant serving creatively reimagined comfort food classics. Amazing cocktails, warm service, nice room. Great place for a casual but elevated meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • been there, done that
    foodielife
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Inventive food that feels mass produced. the place is sooo full and the staff so busy it feels like a 14 st food truck at 12 noon
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was really excited to try Wylie Dufresne's more casual restaurant (vs. wd ~50). Unfortunately, I was completely unimpressed with the food. The chips that came with the pub cheese and shattered when eaten instead of pleasantly crunching. The "brittle" it was served with (pistachio I think?), was far too soft and broken into small, odd shapes and then stuck in the purple (?) cheese. The wings/onion rings felt very pedestrian, similar to items you'd get from a local pub that put in just a tiny bit of extra effort. The shrimps on shrimps were quite good, but expensive and tiny. The pigs in a blanket missed the mark. If you are going to redo and iconic American dish like this, it better be your best effort, and this wasn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    GuestVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good - and I understand they are small plates, but for the prices being charged you should get more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alder
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Chef's wildly innovative recipes are as attractive as they are delicious. For my full write up go to www.celluloidclub.blogspot.com.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was wonderful, inventive but also satisfying. The only drawback was the noise level. We had to scream to converse, I actually had a sore throat by the end of the night. Had looked forward to seeing old friends at dinner, and then we couldn't talk to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interestingfood
    pescatarian
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Each new dish we tried was more delicious and interesting than the last one! It was fun trying so many different tastes....and our waitress was extremely helpful. My only thing was that the noise level was pretty high...but the wine and food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a nice time but food not good
    Dinealot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We chose this place because it was a ny mag critic's pic, which usually do not fail me. While the service was great, sitting outside was lovely and the wine list was good, the food was just strange and we really did not enjoy it. One dish- the rye pasta- was actually tasty but should have been warmer. With so many great places to choose from we would not return to Alder.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but small
    rianyc
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've been here a few times but keep forgetting the portion is super small. So not for brunch. Service is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Casual Experience
    TheHungryCouple
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice casual setting, enjoyed the atmosphere from arrival to departure, food is simple yet delious. We couldnt decide on a dessert at the end so we ordered all 3 desserts & enjoyed them all. The prices are resonable & would recommend this place to anyone looking for a casual eating place that pumps out tasty food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even Brunch is amazing.
    CrushingSouls
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went on a brunch date, and had a great time. The pigs-in-a-blanket were beyond amazing as a starter. They forgot my order of Bloody Mary popcorn but the servers were very professional otherwise, and excellent at reading guests and responding appropriately. As a server myself, I was mostly quite impressed. As for the food, it was brunch, so we had pretty standard comfort food, but it was executed as perfectly as a top-tier restaurant should. Can't wait to see what dinner is like.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was fabulous! Great atmosphere! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Loved the cocktails and the diverse menu choices. Gorgeous ambiance as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    nikiserup
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a very nice dinner for 5 persons. The chef decided our menu, and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I know this place received a bunch of reviews that were pretty glowing - I didn't see it. Ambiance was nice, food was reallllly small portions, and decent. Nothing blew my mind. The Rye pasta was pretty tasty. Interesting combinations. I wouldn't go back or recommend to a friend.
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  • Very creative
    RichVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    You expect creativity from Wylie Dufresne, and Alder does not disappoint. Everything that came to our table was something wildly inventive, both in presentation and flavor. While everything tasted good, I was surprised at how many dishes I would condersider "fascinating" as opposed to "delicious". Most dishes were good, but there were misses. The chicken caesar wings didn't do anything for us. I did have to send back a drink (the gin and tonic tasted like household cleaning products to both of us.) But again, most dishes were excellent. Choose wisely and you're in for a culinary adventure. The service was good and the space is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding food only 4 the foodie
    misohungry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is more of a visit to the theater than a meal. Each dish is carefully crafted and thought through is a way that makes you want to stand up and applaud after each bite. The food is outstanding, but really requires the diner to want to think about what he/she is eating and not just grazing the surface of that thought. Each dish digs extremely deep into theoretical deconstruction and process. A real treat for foodies, but if you simply want a steak this is probably not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing ripoff
    JLB75
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were very excited about going to Alder because we loved the dining experience at WD50. Unfortunately, Alder got it all wrong. We tasted six different dishes and none of them were exceptional enough to justify the high price. The pigs in a blanket were greasy, the summer rolls were thaï takeout quality, the chips and cheese thing could have been bought at a Union Market for a picnic in Prospect Park, the hanger steak was so small, we had to order two of them. The dishes came out so fast, we had a feeling nothing was actually freshly prepared. I think the whole dinner must have lasted 30 minutes. We ended up paying over $200 for the two of us. Ridiculous!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring the Ear Plugs Along
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    While the food prep is unusual and very good, the noise level is unacceptable. There was not a busy bar scene the night I was there, everyone was there to dine, yet it was impossible to have a conversation with my tablemate because of the din. The noise was so loud as to be painful and we did not linger because of the discomfort. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great recommendation
    Hastypuddy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was looking for a young, vibrant, interesting and different place to meet my daughter and her husband who were here from out of town. This was it! The wine selection was different, but the staff was knowledgable and helpful when making suggestions. And the food was fabulous.....and again the staff was helpful in describing the different choices.....as the names didn't necessarily explain what it was you might be ordering. And loved the tapas and shared plates which we could discuss and compare. As the evening progressed the noise level increased....definitely an issue, but not a deal breaker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    AlyssaB
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I were taken on a culinary ride at this gem of a joint this past Friday. We enjoyed choices from the small and medium dishes and finished it off with the root beer pudding! You can't go wrong here. . . the menu is just that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Ok
    Lexicon
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    For the small plate prices and a name like Wylie Dufresne, I really wanted more from the food. I read reviews similar to the one I'm about to write prior to dining, so I wasn't terribly disappointed when I left. French onion soup rings- great. Caesar wings- ok, nothing special. The hanger steak was fine but again, nothing special. I was most excited about this rye pasta with shaved pastrami- cool concept, but not much more than that. The only real stand out for me was the escargot plate- complex flavors, nice presentation, etc. Cocktails were also excellent, and the service was lovely. I think I would come back not for dinner, but for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for tapas
    food007
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The place is very noisy, people almost have to scream to hear themselves. The food comes in REALLY small portions. We asked for 4 different plates: pigs in a blanket, which was good, but as the others, not well served (paying more than 10 dollars on 1 saussage with mayo is terrible). Then, we asked for Crostinis: two demi-slices of bread with artichoke. 18 dollars. And it wasn't even that good. The rest was also too expensive for what was served. Wouldn't recommend it for someone as a restaurant, maybe as a bar. Good wine is served there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Interesting food combinations
    lbovVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food combos prepared by the chef are surprising... and delicious! Maybe slightly too much coconut for my taste but overall amazing food. The onion rings are unbelievable. The service was very professional and attentive. Would highly recommend this place for brunch! Also, love the fact that these are starters meant to be shared, it creates a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wakawakawakaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everything is in "shareable" portions, yet the waitresses acted very perturbed when we requested plates. Are we supposed to just eat off the serving dish?? The cocktails are laughably small and the beers were $8 for what you get on a beer sampler tray at other places. This place is coasting on the chef's reputation and is simply not worth the money or attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was okay, but not memorable
    flipper
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was good. Although the food looks much better than it tasted. Noise level was extremely high. All in all it's okay but you'll find better places for the money.
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  • Great food!
    KDnyc
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food here is the main event. We tried five plates and it was sufficient for two of us with dessert. The oyster mushroom special was amazing and they need to add it to the full menu! Drinks were okay if not a little weak and missing some of the 'essence' components. I'd gladly return to Alder to try all of the other plates I didn't get a chance to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portions TOO small for price!
    Cc89
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was way too expensive for the portion size! Also, didn't feel food was that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, but pricey for tapas
    LovetoEat
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    EnzoBlackVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Quite simply this is why you go out to eat. Run don't walk to eat at this resturant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mehhh. Can't Understand the Hype.
    Oaklandish
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food, terrible noise level
    eatlikealittk
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiemom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Brunch
    acac
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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
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  • Salaried
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Expected to be wooed. What I received was uneven. No dish was fully satisfying: Pu Pu platter,squid salad, escargot toasts, striped bass.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Gourmet Twist on the Basics
    NomNomNom
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic