Travis Huggett/ Alder
Chef Wylie Dufresne, one of the leaders of the molecular gastronomy movement in New York City, has announced that he is shuttering Alder.This news comes almost exactly one year after he was forced to close wd~50 due to lease issues.
Sad to report that after 2.5 great years on 2nd Ave, we’ve decided to close Alder at the end of August. The search for a new home begins...
— Wylie Dufresne (@wyliedufresne) July 31, 2015
Based on the chef’s Twitter announcement, it looks like Alder might also be closing due to rent or lease problems.The Daily Meal has reached out to chef Dufresne’s team for a comment.Alder has received generally positive reviews throughout its two-and-a-half year tenure on Second Avenue, and just a few months ago launched a month-long test kitchen dinner series. In April, Alder’s menu switched to prix fixe only.
But don’t despair, Dufresne fans. Even though wd~50 and Alder will no longer be with us, the chef has announced plans to open a new restaurant next year at the AKA Wall Street Hotel.