3/2/19 – NYC – Wildair & Ko Bar

Wildair
I miss Wildair so so much!!

“sicilian sashimi,” winter citrus

beef tartare, smoked cheddar, horseradish, brazil nuts

confit bacon toast, pickled pineapple, nduja butter

passion fruit, caramel, mille feuille

Ko Bar
back again!

pickle sandwich

scallop – celery, cucumber

fried chicken

NYC – 4/29/17 – Wildair

Sadly this ended up being my last dinner at Wildair before moving.  It is definitely one of the places that I miss the most and if I had lived in the neighborhood I would have been here every single night (and would have overdosed on tartare).  Love you Wildair!

beef tartare, smoked cheddar, horseradish, brazil nuts

fried shrimp, lemon, herb mayonnaise

tete de cochon on toast, ndjua, nettles

chocolate hazelnut tart

NYC – 9/27/16 – Wildair

If there wasn’t always a wait I would be at Wildair every night.  Actually even if I just lived in the neighborhood I would be here every night regardless.  I am pretty sure I could never get tired of the spicy tuna toast which was one of my favorite dishes of 2016.  A previous iteration I reordered for dessert.  Yes it is that good.  I just wish the secret wasn’t out.

Potato darphin, maine uni, jalapeno

Breakfast radishes, seaweed butter

Fluke crudo, pineapple, ‘nduja

Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, brazil nuts

Spicy tuna toast, tomato, scallion

Crispy grain salad, hearts of palm, tarragon

NYC – 6/15/16 – Contra & Restaurant Andre

Yet another great Contra collaboration dinner, this time with Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre in Singapore.  He is fantastic as is his food and I hope to someday make it to Singapore!

Baby mushroom croque en bouche

Oyster, lapsong gelee, peas

Rose champagne, heirloom tomatoes, poisson de roche

King crab, celery sabyon, capers

Elysian fields lamb, scallop lasagna, cresson-wasabe

Quail, fava, cherries

Camembert

NYC – 5/16/16 – Contra @ Gramercy Tavern

I have absolutely loved all of the Contra collaboration dinners and this one was no exception.  While the floral displays and seasonal decorations at Gramercy Tavern are always stunning, the centerpiece of the large table in the private dining room was exceptional.  Looking back at this menu it is very difficult to pick a favorite dish.  And in several cases I am not sure which dish was a Contra vs. Gramercy Tavern creation which in my opinion means that this was a very successful collaboration.  Also impeccable service by the GT team!


Warm potatoes, mackerel, spruce
Smoked trout & eel consomme, onions
Hake, parsnips, mustard greens

Sweetbreads, asparagus, lobster

Grilled coppa, mushrooms, fresh herbs

Off-menu dessert

Passionfruit semifreddo, wildflower honey, spruce

Strawberries, sour milk ice cream

NYC – 3/12/16 – Wildair & Momofuku Ko

Wildair
Still one of my absolute favorites and I love being able to bring friends who haven’t been here before.  Although I admittedly wish it wasn’t quite so popular as even a few minutes after opening you are lucky to get a seat.

  Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, chestnut
  Tallow roasted beets, kumquat  Bass crudo, pineaple, nduja

Ko
And for dinner number 2 of the evening, on to my other favorite for the bar menu at Ko.  I cannot say enough how much I love this place.  Perhaps the most complete package of great food and hospitality in New York.  And foie 2.0 gives the original some serious competition.