New York, US
Compared with Contra, its older, more formal sibling next door, Wildair feels like an impromptu dinner party squeezed into a studio apartment. Conversations echo off high-topped metallic tables and low ceilings. Glasses clink and towering magnums of wine tilt immediately towards the emptier ones. The list here skews natural, organic and biodynamic. Eclectic small plates dominate the menu. If this feels positively Parisian, it's by design. The young chef duo spent formative years in Europe before dropping anchor on the Lower East Side; experience you can taste in their crispy, uni-topped potato darphin (think: hash browns with a culinary degree).
142 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York, NY 10002