More casual-ish offshoot of WD-50, located in the Lower East Side.
What We Had
Like WD-50, the menu at Alder is arranged from smaller dishes to larger dishes and sharing is encouraged.
Foie gras with pumpkin pie taste, pomegranate jam, maple flakes and cookie crostini — This dish was the first we had and really kicked the meal off properly. Just rich and luxurious enough for foie, with pretty much the essence of fall right there.
Scotch quail eggs with onion marmalade and arugula — And now I’m spoiled on Scotch eggs forever. Yum.
Pigs in a blanket – Chinese style duck and pork sausage with Japanese wasabi mustard and sweet chili sauce — I, for some unknown reason, wasn’t expecting much from this dish. I’m happy to say that I was woefully wrong.
Pickled Beets with clouds of coconut ricotta and crunchy Thai basil — Holy wtf. Fan. Freakin. Tastic, and the perfect mid-meal veggie.
Day boat scallops with delicate little hushpuppies, Swiss chard wrap, and fresh kimchi — prefect scallops, little puppie pillows, and some nice little texture going on there.
Tongue with smoked yucca fritter, pickled cippolini onions, and chimichurri dashi — if tongue could ever be considered sexy, it would be because of this dish. Luxurious and velvety meat tangle with some nice back bone from the fritter and a delicate broth.
Root beer pudding with smoked cashews — this was so good it made me angry. I kind of had my way with it.
Our food was unreasonably good. I could be redundant and say each and every dish was Amazeballs, but suffice it to say – they all were, and sadly it’s unreasonable to expect every meal to be this fabulous.
My DH had the Reserve Special Black Ale and I had the Doc something to drink. Both very tasty.
Modern and cool with slates and woods.
There was no doubt that we were going to love this place. We love WD-50, and Alder was no disappointment.
5 out of 5 for unreasonably good food in a great atmosphere.