A complete success.
Wylie Dufresne serves up pub food with all the discipline, precision, and playfulness of WD50 with an extra helping of crowd-pleasing accessibility. Yes, we had the pigs in a blanket, and they were great. We also ordered the chicken liver and foie-gras, and despite the similarity of star ingredient, got completely different dishes in look, texture, and taste. Everything was focused and refined. The portions were perfectly sized. The cocktails were delicious. The servers were engaging and prompt. The restaurant looked great and the lighting was flattering. The meal was very expensive for new-American, cheap for fine-dining. This kind of mixed ambition often falls between two stools: here it brings the best of both worlds.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Desserts to die for
My boyfriend (an executive chef) and I went for dinner on a Saturday night. The seating is very tight and its so loud you can barely hear each other but once the food came we didn't really need to speak. We ordered a few plates at a time since our table was so small, we loved the fish and chips! Can you say powdered malt vinegar! But I think our mods were blown when the root beer pudding came!! I could have only ate that and came away more than satisfied.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food! Loud!
Amazing and creative dishes. Liked the "Pig in a Blanket" and the "Fish and Chips". Volume was a little high.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wylie does it again....
As easy as review as they come. If you like Wylie and molecular food.... Well this is a treat then..
It's simple flavored food that takes you by surprise. You don't to be a hard core foodie to enjoy this meal. The food as you guessed was great try the fish and chips as the malt vinegar powder on the chips is amazing as well as the root beer pudding desert. But everything on the menu was good. You can't go wrong....
And by the way the service was excellent. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is he place is small and can get loud so ambience is a 4.
Alder definitely deserves to be 2013s restaurant of the year.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Willie Dufresne Is A Star!
Loved this place. Small plates, exquisite tastes and textures. Gorgeous presentation. And it is very reasonably priced.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Alder was AWESOME
We absolutely loved Alder. Every menu item we had was fantastic, got some great suggestions from our server and it was perfect. I would love to come back if I visit NYC again. If I moved to NYC, I would live in the East Village and make Alder my regular go-to spot. Chef Dufresne was in the house and he was graciously greeting diners and moving about the room.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary Dinner at Alder
We chose Alder for dinner for our second wedding anniversary. Many years ago we went to WD-50 for a rather extravagant 5 years of dating anniversary. Of course, it was spectacular. So when we heard Wylie was opening a mid-priced relaxed restaurant across the street from where my husband and I had our first apt in the city, we thought it would be the perfect dinner.
We loved how the menu consisted of re-imagined versions of classic foods. Everything was playful and we loved that Alder does not take great dining too seriously. It should be fun! Definitely recommend the Pigs in a Blanket, Chicken Liver Toasts, and Rye Pasta, although the Pub Cheese and Scallop dish were also great. Service was excellent as well!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have dined at a number of trendy, popular places recently, but this takes the cake. While the simple decor does not blow you away, it is very tasteful and complements the restaurant's rustic menu. The service was outstanding, as well; I asked two different servers about the ingredients of certain parts of different dishes and they both knew exactly what they were talking about. And the food, well, the food speaks for itself. Of course, if you are not adventurous with your palate, I'm not sure you would appreciate this type of eclectic gastropub/restaurant, but I encourage any foodie or local to go here.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and different dining experience at Alder. Try the pickled beets with coconut ricotta and fish and chips. Will be back!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing menu and everything
Amazing menu and everything that I have tried has lived up to expectations. You can't leave without having the "oyster crackers." Another plus is the professional, knowledgeable and friendly service - miles above what you expect in the East Village.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
terrific. hot as a pistol.
terrific. hot as a pistol. But humble and welcoming. Food amazing. intense flavors. Loved the pigs in a blanket, rye pasta, foie gras. Service really cared about what we ordered
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Delicious
I really appreciated the low-lit, woodsy, and relaxed atmosphere of this place. I got the sense that everybody was truly there for the food; the dressed-up foodies and the dressed-down foodies all looked very happy.
And the food was delightful. I never knew what a dish was going to look like until it came out. Everything was unexpected. "Pigs in a blanket" went all Asian. Grilled eggplant involved smoked trout and scrambled eggs and was presented in such a way that you really wouldn't know what it was until you tried it. (My eggplant-hating man loved it.) And squash blossoms stuffed with shrimp and squash?
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent and the atmosphere and service very good .
Only complaint would be the noise level. Had we been
more than 4 people it would have been hard to have a
Also reservation system was poor. Impossible to notify
the restaurant of a change in numbers without a formal
change to the reservation which wasn't possible as the restaurant
was fully booked
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to return
We had 4 wonderful dishes and can't wait to return and try some of the dishes we missed. Unique flavors and preparations.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
We made a reservation for
We made a reservation for 4 people and were seated immediately, which was really nice.
Our waitress was almost comically miserable-- didn't really bother any of us too much, as we're there for the food, not to make friends. We asked a lot of questions that were met with snide answers, i.e., "Do you think the blueberry cake and shaved ice will be good dessert choices?", at which she rolled her eyes and said "I mean, it's just ice."
Everyone else was lovely, and our experience was wonderful overall. We ordered about 13 plates and two of us ordered speciality cocktails (the other 2 had wine), which were excellent. Food was well-paced and the beets and pigs in a blanket were especially memorable. We definitely will be returning.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
noisy but very good
For people who like very interesting, very tasty, and very well-presented food by the staff and also love the together closeness of communication forced by the noisy hubbub of the social scene at Alder, it's the place to be. In that regard, I can highly recommend it.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best casual gourmet I've had in a long time. They nailed everything from the pickled veggie amuse bouche to the root beer pudding. Every aspect of every plate was delicious. I thought I would never eat another beet salad again in my life after five years of every nyc restaurant having a similar rendition on the menu, but on a hunch we ordered the pickled beet salad and it was delicious. Pub cheese made with pistachio and fig was delicious. Fish and chips were delicious. Everything was...yes, delicious. As you'd expect from this culinary team they tastefully used molecular gastronomical effects to create pleasing texture and tastes. Service was great. The wine list is small but well selected. I can't wait to go back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
1/2 of the dshes were outstanding,
1/2 of the dshes were outstanding, the other half were good
Get the beets, pigs in a blanket and the eggs with trout
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is upscale bar nosh at it's best. The best way to experience this food, in my opinion, is to saddle up to the bar, get a cocktail and slowly pick through the menu. Don't go with a big group and share a bunch of things... it confuses the palette. But there are some really outstanding bites like the pigs in blanket, fish&chips and halibut. It's really fun if you don't try to compare it to WD-50 which is an entirely different experience.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wylie DuFresne concept is
Wylie DuFresne concept is a winner for eclectic, adventuresome food enthusiasts.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved WD-50 so I had to check out the Alder as part of my bachelorette weekend. The food was amazing, we split three appetizers, the duck prosciutto, pigs in an blanket and the Alaskan Salmon. All were delicious. Two of us ordered the scallops which were sooooo yummy and the other ordered the halibut, I think if she could've licked the plate, she would've! We would all highly recommend this restaurant. But beware that smaller parties can get sat together at the same table, we shared with another party of 3 and didn't feel awkward one bit! It was nice seeing what they ordered and enjoyed.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowing a little about the owner/chef, my expectations going into dinner were high. Unsurprisingly enough, my expect ions were far exceeded.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely all the way around,
lovely all the way around, food, hospitality, atmosphere.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was adventurous and delicious!
We've been to Chef Wylie's other resturant WD-50 so knew that we were going into some experimental foods. But, he really hit on familiar dishes (fish and chips, pigs and blanket, etc) and made it different. We loved it. The fish and flower blossoms felt a bit too greasy, and our favorite dish was Rye Pasta-I could eat a large bowl of that anytime! There's communal tables and were told for 3 guest they wouldn't seat us at a 4 top, but to a communal table of 6 people. Luckily, no one was seated next to us until we were getting ready to leave (we had the 1st seating of 6:15).
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wylie Dufresne Does it Again!
I have made a couple trips to Adler and I am blown away by the level of the food at this restaurant. The menu is centered around small plates for sharing. Although it seems there are many restaurants offering small plates, there are few that rise to this level. The food is fun, inventive and most importantly - delicious. The staff know their food, wine and cocktails and have a genuine enthusiasm. Definitely worth a trip.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can be better
I chose this restaurant because of its affiliaton with WD50. To my surprise, the food is ordinary, not the molecular style that I've been expecting.
My friend and I shared 5 dishes: sun gold tomato, New England clam chowder, grilled eggplant, halibut, and rye pasta. All very well executed. The portion is small so the bill adds up.
The restaurant is darker than usual, so reading the menu takes a bit of an effort. It gets very loud, all from surrounding patrons. It's very hard to carry a conversation.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dishes have been consistently
Dishes have been consistently excellent, and staff is very knowledgeable in describing them to you. Even better, they are not resting on their laurels but adding a number of new items that are just as much fun as the originals.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything a dining experience should be: fun, inventive and absolutely delicious. We left smiling, and we'll absolutely be back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good and Fun
Alder is on my "recommended" list right now because the food is excellent, surprising, and just plain fun. Dining there is not an "adventure" but it can be surprising - which is perfect. You can trust that you won't be disappointed but you won't be bored.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great! Tomatoes, mackerel, and root beer pudding are a must.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Experience!
Our party of 4 - celebrating my wife's 40th - had an fantastic experience this past Saturday night. The Rye Pasta was ridiculously good and the pigs in a blanket were super tasty and fun. All in we shared 8 plates and 3 desserts. The Root Beer Pudding was a unique and fun way to end a an excellent meal. We'll be back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
creative at a good price point
Do yourself a favor and order the pub cheese. Dehydrated malt vinegar should be sold at a mass scale.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusual and delicious
We've been here a few times and are always happy with everything. The menu is unusual. Everything we've tried has been delicious. It seems hard to get a reservation so we felt lucky that we were able to. Friends from out of town loved it. The fish and chips, not a dish I think about, were sensational. Sharing works, as does everything else.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
All I had expected
Great food, good crowd and lovely room. Perfect place for the neighborhood. Looking forward to many meals here.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
More causal version of WD-50,
More causal version of WD-50, really enjoyed that the menu is mostly shared plates. Food was interesting and overall very good. Cool atmosphere. Plates were a little rushed though!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Communal Tables not for everyone
Great food. Lots of loud music. Good food. Accommodating staff. Innovative cooking . East Village vibe for $200 plus for dinner.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Didn't love the wine that was reccomended, but loved the food. It's a small plates - sharing place, which I love, because we got to try a lot of unique dishes.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
incredible fish & chips
very good twist on soupe à l'oignon & caesar salad
desserts a bit disappointing
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time, first date, first rate!
The hostess was accommodating by making sure we got a seated quickly at the crowded bar while we waited for our table. Although they were out of the cocktail I wanted to try that was on their online menu I really enjoyed "Dr. Dave's Scrip Pad", it was fantastic! Everything we had was very tasty. Not quite like the amazing gastronomic experience I had at WD-50 but I would recommend it. My dessert was wonderful. The flavor combinations mimicked a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The cake was warm and oozing with a peanut buttery batter and a chocolate ganache liquid center. It had all the components of a wonderful plated dessert: warm, cold, crunchy, soft, fresh and not overly sweet. The service was prompt, professional and polite. Bueno!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Alder Restaurant-new for foodies
A great new restaurant that experiments with fresh ingredients in creative ways.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and attentive service
My first trip to Alder left me wanting to return soon to try the rest of the menu. The Pigs in a blanket, halibut, and rye pasta were all excellent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional food, cool atmosphere, excellent service and knowledgeable staff. Great experience!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food in informal setting
After several visits to Alder we can confirm that this is one of the hotspots in NYC. for creative cooking, fresh ingredients, nice presentation. While it is very noisy, the atmosphere is relaxed and comforting. The sommelier is very competent and creative, she did a great job. Waiters are not always on top of things and could have a bit more training. Pricing is very reasonable for the quality of the food. This is the place to go for a short term decision to have great food.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
You must try this place
Wow. We were recommended to come here by one of the top chef's in New York.
We had a booking for 6:30pm and arrived at 6:00pm and were greeted with a friendly smile and asked if we wanted a drink at the bar. We stayed at the bar for our dinner to meet the locals and get the vibe of the place. A really good barman recommended the drinks. Lovely French wine at only $60 a bottle. Then on to the food. Well what can we say other than awesome. Entree, main and dessert over 2.5hrs whilst we watched the evening go by. We sat back and relaxed whilst those that had booked 30 days in advance came and enjoyed this gem in the East Village. Would I come back again? See you next week.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique small plates cooked to perfe
Alder presents interesting small plates on a limited menu. Three plates each can get very expensive. Food such as Rye Pasta (rye flavored pasta with pastrami sauce) is unique and quite good. Fish and chips is not unique, but fried to perfection. Halibut was small but fresh and flavorful. Great place for foodies for light fare or many plated dinner.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hip brunch in the Village
If You're coming to eat "as much as You can" You're in the wrong place, this location is for fine food and to see and to be seen (especially on Sunday for brunching), outsatnding service people are able to make You fall in the mousetrap of the greenlight: one amazing cocktail that make you slave to take another, another and... another one.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and innovative food with charming service. Great drinks. The staff are excellent without being intrusive. Inspired to return here often.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Share a meal
Everything on the menu is for sharing. Easy food served cool. Laid back enviroment. Good service.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dinner Date Spot
My girlfriend and I came here for dinner as big fans of WD-50. They did not dissappoint.
- Foie Gras
- Grilled Octopus
- Rye Pasta
- Beef Tongue
- Jalapeno Poppers
Everything was assembled masterfully. The little minute, hidden flavors were ridiculous making each bite different than the last. The tastes, smells and sights of all the plates were outstanding!
The drinks were also very well mixed with great flavor. The bartender has a heavy hand though!(Not necessarily a bad thing)
My only complaint was that we were less than 2 feet from the couples on both sides, but I guess that is pretty standard in NYC these days.
Overall, one of my new favorite east village spots!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We tried virtually everything
It was our second visit to Alder and we introduced friends. He likes small dishes so Alder was perfect. the 4 of us tasted virtually everything on the menu except the soups. Everything was really good and quite unusual.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM