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Alder Casts its Magical Spell on First-Night Diners

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Pigs in a Blanket, Salmon Tartare,

Food sorcerer Wylie Dufresne opened his new East Village gastropub Alder last night, and the world has not been the same since. Here's a recap of the first night from longtime Eater commenter Momobaby:

Went to Alder last night: the place was packed! Wylie and staff were in fine form last night: the food was deceptively familiar yet turned on its ear with Wylie's mad scientist innovations. Purple pub cheese turned out to be cream cheese mixed with red wine, with a fig-pistachio brittle and "crackers": Wylie's take on a savory cheese course prior to the meal. Pigs in a blanket were fun: Chinese sausage wrapped in fried strips of hotdog bun. The stuffed kumquats were sweet and gamey: nice combination. The rye pasta was a Reuben sandwich in noodle form: genius. Definitely a good place to unwind after a long day at work.
Another first night diner notes: "Get around three dishes per person. The pub cheese, squid salad and rye pasta are the standouts." Check out another set of food photos here.
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157 Second Avenue, New York, Ny 10003 212 539 1900


157 Second Ave., New York, NY