The news has been out for a while, I and I am just now getting it.
If you listen to all the jibber jabber on the streets of New York, you’ll hear people talking about the Lower East Side as grungy, cheap, and where all the bars are. Therefore, you wouldn’t imagine that New York’s best new restaurant this year would be located there right? If you haven’t heard yet, Wildair, the natural wine restaurant that focuses on seasonal produce and creative plates, has made the Best New Restaurant list in top magazines and food sites such as: Bon Appetit, GQ, Thrillist, and Eater. I went two weeks ago, feeling a bit excited, trying not to reach the peak of my hopes because it always backfires when I do that. Luckily, SPOILER ALERT, Wildair is perfect. …
Business Insider listed it as one of the top 25 new restaurants in the US
Wine & Spirits said this
At Contra, chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske challenge diners with unexpected flavor combinations. At Wildair, their new wine bar just down the street, it’s the wine list that does the provoking. Wine director Jorge Riera has built his list around small-production, low-intervention producers, most often from France and Italy, and with particular attention to those who play outside appellation rules. A lengthy roster of pét-nats sets the tone for the list, rife with little-known producers like Costadilà, which makes Prosecco in Italy’s Veneto, and Jean-Yves Peron, who works with altesse, mondeuse and jacquère in France’s Savoie. The still wines are no less intriguing, with cult favorites like Eric Pfifferling Tavel and the Dard & Ribo Rhônes. Any bottle makes a great excuse to order up bar snacks like the unreasonably light and lemon-kissed fried squid and a surprisingly complex lettuce-and-chervil salad. You could make a light meal from the beef tartare, crunchy with buckwheat and enriched with smoked cheddar, or the juicy head-on shrimp, especially in tandem with the house-made sourdough bread.
I will have to check it out!