Tonight is the final service for the unusual, often wonderful Greenwich Village Italian restaurant, All’Onda. A month ago, chef Chris Jaeckle and his partners decided to switch to a wine bar model that utilized the downstairs bar space, while keeping the main dining room closed off. Now the team is moving on.
All’Onda opened in January 2014 with a menu of Venetian fare with Japanese accents. It was the first major project from Chris Jaeckle since he left Michael White’s Altamarea Group. Jeffrey Chodorow and his son Zach were partners, and White’s former business partner Chris Cannon made his return to the restaurant scene at All’Onda working the room and helping with the wine. The restaurant received positive reviews from many of the city’s big critics, including Eater’s Ryan Sutton, who wrote:
Pastas, rightly portioned somewhere in between appetizers and entrees, sometimes boast Asian touches. And sometimes they don't. A bowl of garganelli, studded with sweet chunks of peekytoe crab and sporting an undercurrent of heat, seems normal enough until you taste the sauce, which has more tang than tomatoes. Is it yuzu? It sure is, or yuzukosho to be exact, a chile paste made with the rind of the flowery Japanese citrus.
No word yet on what will happen to the space, but the bar will stay open till 10 p.m. this evening. Jaeckle is also one of the people behind Uma Temakeria, a hand roll restaurant in Chelsea that also has a spinoff in Gotham West Market.