3/2/19 – NYC – Wildair & Ko Bar

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 – 3/12/16 – Wildair & Momofuku Ko

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

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.

NYC – 12/11/15 – DBGB & Wildair

I don’t always post about places where I stop for a pre or post dinner drink.  But DBGB is one of my favorites whenever heading anywhere on the Lower East Side.  While there are always interesting beers on draft we of course had to go for the ode to the boilermaker.

Wheat beer and grand mariner with tequila

I have said it before, but I love Wildair.  I only wish that so many others did not as well (ok not really I suppose from a financial point of view).  It is not always possible to get there at opening and unfortunately I just don’t have the patience for the ridiculously long waits later in the evening.  But I will still try my best to get here as frequently as possible.

Bread and olive oil

Sweet potato, ricotta, tahini, herbs

Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, chestnut

Black bass, pineapple, nduja
 Persimmon, butternut, burrata, jalapeño
 Pork milanese, gribiche, mustard greens

NYC – 9/10/15 – Wildair

I really wasn’t expecting much from Wildair. Sure I have very much enjoyed Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske’s Contra a few steps away. But at most I was hoping for a solid go-to stop before shows at Rockwood Music Hall. While waiting for my friend to arrive I ordered the cheese selection which was unremarkable and so I continued to think this meal would be just ok. But when the rest of our dishes started arriving I was completely surprised by just how good they were. We loved the spicy tuna so much that we reordered it as dessert and I can count on one hand the number of things I have ever reordered at the same meal. Its so much fun to have no expectations and be completely blown away.

Selection of cheeses

Summer squash, ricotta, purslane

Scallop crudo, kale, cucumber, ruby red
 Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, chestnut
 Georgia white shrimp, celery, cilantro
 Spicy tuna, scallion, tomatoes