Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 06/03/2015
Photo: Noah Devereaux
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162 Orchard St., 646-918-6835, Lower East Side, Manhattan
A cider renaissance is underway, and Wassail is the place to celebrate it. Do so while enjoying a menu of delicious vegetable-based dishes. Wife-and-husband owners Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler (Queens Kickshaw) and their knowledgeable team believe cider is better matched to jalapeño fritters with aged gouda and Scotch duck eggs with polenta and parmesan than it is to meat, but they don't want to be thought of as vegetarian. To kick things off, sample amazing, fresh-baked sourdough and cultured butter sprinkled with dehydrated kalamata olives via talented chef Joseph Buenconsejo (ex–The Lion). The setting feels like a modern British pub and—this being the Lower East Side—can get crazy on the weekends. To have a more contemplative experience, come on a weeknight and sip fine ciders from England, France, Spain and the eastern seaboard.