[Pigging by Wilfrid: June 3, 2013]
I waited for the crowds to subside, the hubbub to cease, the opening hours to expand to seven days. And then I went to Alder. After ten years enjoying WD-50, I was champing at the bit.
Not that Alder isn't still busy and popular two months after it's opening, but it's now at least manageable. I've now eaten there on a busy weekend evening (Dewey Dufresne holding court at one end of the bar, Eric Ripert at a table), and on a quiet week night. Either way: welcoming and comfortable.