Alder

Has anyone ever noticed that it often takes an out-of-town guest to bring together in-town friends.  Well...this was such an occasion.  An excuse to get together with a few girlfriends and reminisce our "Sex and the City" years.  We decided to give Alder, the relatively new, hip restaurant by Wylie Dufresne of WD-50, a try.   

True to Dufresne fashion, none of the dishes looked like what you would expect based on the name. Each dish was reinvented with an unique twist. The Scotch Quail Eggs were interesting.  I liked the Pigs in a Blanket, but found the Japanese mustard a bit overwhelming.  The Foie gras was nice and smooth. 

 Scotch Quail Eggs - Pork Sausage, Ricotta, Onion Marmalade, Watercress Pigs in a Blanket - Chinese sausage, Japanese mustard, Sweet Chili Sauce Foie Gras - topped with pineapple, almond, arbol

Scotch Quail Eggs - Pork Sausage, Ricotta, Onion Marmalade, Watercress
Pigs in a Blanket - Chinese sausage, Japanese mustard, Sweet Chili Sauce
Foie Gras - topped with pineapple, almond, arbol

The Squid was fresh and cooked perfectly. The hummus mixture was good, but not memorable.

 Squid Salad, with Black Chickpea Hummus, Summer Squash, and Lovage.

Squid Salad, with Black Chickpea Hummus, Summer Squash, and Lovage.

The New England clam chowder was nothing special. 

 New England Clam Chowder with oyster crackers

New England Clam Chowder with oyster crackers

I quite like these jalapeño poppers. 

 Jalapeño Poppers topped with Roe.

Jalapeño Poppers topped with Roe.

Many reviewers have said this dish tastes just like a pastrami sandwich. I'm not sure if I would agree with that.  I would have liked to have more pastrami in the dish. 

 Rye Pasta with pastrami

Rye Pasta with pastrami

The steak was excellent!

 Hanger Steak with moo shu vegetables.

Hanger Steak with moo shu vegetables.

Verdict: A-.  Overall the dishes were interesting, but the portions were a bit small for the price.  

Alder
157 Second Avenue
http://aldernyc.com