My lucky day! I'd just arrived in NY for work and from the taxi window I spied 157 2nd Ave. When I searched the address online, I found Alder -- Wylie Dufresne's newest venture, just one week new.
I walked over to Alder just before opening to wait on line. People passing by smirked at the small crowd of us shivering in the cold wind. Little did they know what awaited inside.
For starters, it may look like a typically stocked bar....
but the cocktails are far from typical. I imbibed the 'Love Oolong Time' -- tequila, 5-spice, grapefruit and oolong -- made in-house and put on tap. Refreshment perfection.
My first taste of the eve was the Ceasar Nigiri: romaine, egg yolk, parm
Chicken Liver Toast: cornbread, grapefruit marmalade, chicken skin. Stunning!
On the enthusiastic recommendation of the bartender, I ordered the Rye Pasta: shaved pastrami
aka, a bad*ass pastrami on rye, Italian style.
For the insatiable sweet tooth in me.....
Root Beer Pudding: whipped cream, crushed cashews and root beer candies
Alder. That way it'll serve as a souvenir and remind me of the fun evening I spent enjoying the thrill of some old favorites, entirely reinvented.