Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 05/22/2013
Rye pasta. Photo: Jaeger Sloan
157 Second Ave., 212-539-1900, East Village, Manhattan
Can it be true? Wylie Dufresne doing a casual tavern where all food is under $25? The maverick chef took the food world by storm with wd~50, which is now 10 years old. Alder is only his second restaurant. Three cocktails are on tap, including the Applethy—horseradish-infused vodka blended with green apple juice, so bracing that apathy is impossible. You'll be surprised how much you like it and how fast it disappears. A billow of pub cheese surges across a slate board, a purplish blend of aged cheddar, cream cheese and red wine; adding crunch is pistachio-fig brittle and potato chips made from compressed Martin's Potato Bread. New England clam chowder is lustrous and benefits from kitchen sorcery, wherein oysters are turned into oyster crackers. Another dish that plays with expectations is rye pasta coiled around tender shavings of pastrami. More pastrami, from jerky, is grated on top.