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MICHELIN Guide 2020

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  • 138 Orchard St., New York, 10002, United States
  • 75 - 150 USD • Contemporary
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MICHELIN Guide 2020

Contra

  • 138 Orchard St., New York, 10002, United States
  • 75 - 150 USD • Contemporary
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Minimal, industrial and in harmony with the cool neighborhood, this is the kind of classic downtown spot that draws trendy millennials from afar. Seating is either intimate or cramped, and the music is lively or loud, all depending on your mood. Enthusiastic servers add to the room’s energy. Offering eight courses (a cheese option is extra) for just under $100, their prix-fixe is renowned not just for its ambition but also for value. While the menu format may be fixed, dishes change frequently to reflect the young chefs’ wide-ranging talents and contemporary flair. This kitchen really plays it up, presenting textures and ingredients in unusual, but appealing ways. Case in point? The skate, perfectly creamy and set over a surprisingly savory and tart sauce of pickled blueberries, green olives and parsley. The heartbreakingly tender Wagyu topped with chamomile-flavored butter alongside porcini-stuffed cabbage is another winner. Dessert is serious here, as seen in the Meyer lemon, cashew, sweet milk parfait. It's likely you won't recognize any names on the wine list, hyper-focused on natural winemakers. Sip from a similar list and nibble on signature snacks next door at sibling Wildair.

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  • m One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
  • ó Quite comfortable

Facilities & Services

  • T Air conditioning
  • N Notable wine list
  • E Establishment totally or partly reserved for non-smokers

Information

+1 212-466-4633
Opening hours
Closed: Monday, Tuesday-Saturday lunch, Sunday

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