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Wildair, the Contra Team's a la Carte Sophomore Effort, Opens Next Week on the LES

Could be as early as Wednesday.

Work in progress.
Work in progress.
Devra Ferst

Some time next week, the young hot shots behind Contra will open their second restaurant, Wildair, right down the block on Orchard Street. The goal right now is Wednesday, although that could turn out to be more like Thursday or Friday depending on how things go.

As chefs/co-owners Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske have already explained, their sophomore effort will be more casual than their tasting menu-only neo-bistro Contra. The menu will be a la carte, and though it's still a work in progress, some of that progress is being documented on Instagram. For the most part, it seems like the dishes here will be a little simpler than the ones at Contra – the latest updates show a pork chop Milanese with sauce gribiche, and a plump little chocolate hazelnut tart. More info as it becomes available.


138 Orchard Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (212) 466-4633 Visit Website


142 Orchard Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (646) 964-5624 Visit Website