New American, Cocktail
$ $ $
157 2nd Ave (btwn 9th & 10th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
6:00pm - 10:30pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 9:30pm

This restaurant might be a newcomer to New York’s dining scene, having opened in March 2013, but the man behind it, chef Wylie Dufresne, certainly isn’t. Dufresne opened WD-50 (now closed) more than 10 years ago and it’s still a destination in its own right; remaining one of the finest – and earliest – restaurants to sing the virtues of molecular gastronomy. His newest creation takes his experimental and supremely creative approach and applies it to the most accessible style of cuisine around: bar food.

Located smack dab in the heart of the young and bustling East Village, Alder takes the familiar and turns it on its head, with delicious results. French onion soup is transformed into "rings" with beef gravy and Gruyère, jalapeño poppers are made with uni cream cheese and trout roe, pigs in a blanket are made with Chinese sausage and compressed hot dog buns, and rye pasta with shaved pastrami that takes all the flavors of New York’s unofficial sandwich and turns them into a world-class pasta dish. And don’t skip the cocktails. Standouts include The Sanctimonious Kid, with Pimm’s, tequila, bay leaf, and blood orange; and the Burnt Reynolds, with rye, smoked vermouth, and Campari.



  • Dufresne's mad scientist take on classics are out of this world! Pigs in a Blanket, Pub Cheese, Rye Pasta, Root Beer Pudding. Try them, leave enlightened. Pay with Cover & skip waiting for the check.
  • Excellent, inventive cocktails and small plates from mad food scientist Wylie Dufresne. Come for a nibble or stay for a DIY tasting menu.
  • Purple pub cheese, root beer pudding, whiskey cocktails with Guinness head.. How does Wylie Dufresne figure out exactly what I want before I do?
  • order the octopus, the pigs in a blanket, the quail. and then once more.
  • Loved the pigs in a blanket, clam chowder (oyster crackers are like crack candy) and fried quail.
  • Get the Fois Gras and Rye Pasta. Please, trust me. <3
  • Pigs and blanket like I've never had before. Spicy mustard, honey maple woooo!
  • Had a bad experience but the excellent wait staff went out of their way to comp the full meal no questions asked. For that reason, ill try it again
  • Pigs in a blanket. Just do it. Don't forget to pay with Cover!
  • Super delicious. The French onion soup rings were a magnificent pontine-like concoction and they're not to be missed! Also "pigs in a blanket."
  • The textures.
  • Wylie Dufresne serves inventive food that's easy to enjoy. The New England clam chowder, rye pasta, and pigs in a blanket are already on their way to becoming Wylie classics. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Dish presentation was great - get 2-3 per person. Pickled beets and pigs in a blanket were my two favorites. Pay with Cover.
  • Delicious! Recommend the grilled octopus, pigs in a blanket, and root beer pudding.
  • Ignore the haters and decide for yourself. Step outside of your culinary comfort zone; the food is spot on here!
  • Excellent service and very interesting/tasty food choices. Great job Wylie!
  • The dishes aren't as funky as you might want with Dufresne's reputation. Some dishes (Rye Pasta, Rootbeer Pudding, Pub Cheese) are memorable, while others (Octopus, Foie Gras, Caesar) fall short
  • Warning: This is a hard a table to score. Savor - Rye Pasta (shaved pastrami) for 18 , Root Beer Pudding (smoked cashews) for $8.
  • Get the cauliflower, root beer pudding, pork ribs, rye pasta (make sure you eat it with the pastrami... you must) !!
  • Alder Burger: The Pat LaFrieda chuck and brisket is mixed with shio kombu and topped with house made beer cheese. Cost: $13. Flavor: 9/10. Value: 10/10.

Nearby places

251 E 13th St (at 2nd Ave)
8 Stuyvesant St (at E 9th St & 3rd Ave)
225 Avenue B Fl 2 (btwn 13th & 14th St)