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The Feed first look: Alder

Brainy wd~50 toque Wylie Dufresne brings his token molecular tinkering to a casual East Village pub.

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Stuffed kumquats at Alder

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Caesar salad at Alder

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Rye pasta at Alder

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Love Oolong Time at Alder

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Pimm’s No. 228 at Alder

Wylie Dufresne, the brains behind LES trailblazer wd~50, brings his mad-scientist moxie to a pub setting. This 56-seat East Village den, expected to open March 6th, serves innovative reimaginings of casual American pub grub: Clam chowder bobs with oyster crackers made from actual oysters; Caesar salad is transformed into bite-size mackerel nigiri topping a rib of lettuce; and port-infused pub cheese comes with chips made from Martin’s potato rolls. Overseen by wd~50 alum Kevin Denton, the cocktail program has a woodsy bent: Pimm's cup gets shaken with pine-infused rum, while another tipple muddles Iranian berries with grape-musk molasses. The pub's moniker is the old-English form of Ellery, the name of Dufresne's daughter. 157 Second Ave between 9th and 10th Sts (212-539-1900)