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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Mangalitsa pork collar at Contra

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Monkfish at Contra

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Squash with smoked ricotta at Contra

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Bread and butter at Contra

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Vanilla ice cream at Contra

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Mangalitsa pork collar at Contra

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Venue details

  • Address:

    Contra 138 Orchard St
    Lower East Side
    New York

  • Cross Street:

    between Delancey and Rivington Sts

  • Venue phone:


  • Venue website:

  • Opening hours:

    Tue–Thu 6–11pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–midnight

  • Transport:

    Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts

  • Price:

    Tasting menu: $55. AmEx, MC, V

  • Map

    1. Contra
      • 138 Orchard St
        Lower East Side
        New York
      • 212-466-4633
      • 40.719878,-73.989063

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Sorry, this review is way off. I've been there 4 times and will be returning. The dishes are incredibly polished. Presentations are works of art. Turkey, chicken and lamb dishes were executed perfectly. Readers should check out other reviews and pay a visit before dismissing Contra. It's a find!


I disagree with this review. I personally found the food at Contra to be delightful. It's also unfair to review a restaurant based on a single visit ESPECIALLY since Contra changes up their menu quite often.


Lots of shills here. Wow. But that was the case before this place even opened. This place is amateur hour, plain and simple. Ambitious but more like a meal cooked by a friend who has a lifetime subscription to Lucky Peach, a heavy denim apron and thinks that Rene Redzepi walks on water. Food comes out cold and the wine list is a hipster train wreck. Go to Acme instead and see what this style of food can be like in the hands of a real chef and mature cooks who have real experience, not random, brief stages at restaurants du jour.


Just had dinner at this place last week, everything was delicious. The desserts here were great, really dont understand this writing. The mandarin curd and popcorn dessert was one of the best I have ever had.


Agree with this completely. Will go one step further in that the Sommelier was the least professional I've ever dealt with. Ambitious but uneven kitchen and the front of the house is both rude and unorganized.


How wan you judge consistency on one visit? and how can a restaurant be inconsistent if it changes the menu everyday? very poor review and very bad writing, Contra is a new young place thats growing into something that will be great for NYC, CONTRA *****, Daniel S. Meyer...


Thorough, responsible criticism would dictate more than one visit to the restaurant, no?

sean mcgary

Very dumb writing, I've been to this place several times and it keeps getting consistently better.