Alder opened in the East Village Wylie Dufresne touted the venue as a return to the "American Public House," which made us scratch our heads a little bit - was this an actual thing, or just a nice way of saying "casual restaurant." Well, two makes a trend, so introducing Distilled, a new venue in TriBeca that also uses the idea of a public house as their model. The venue makes its home in a landmarked building and looks to channel the venues that served as "social anchors" of city's back in the day. There's floor to ceiling windows to let the light in and an open kitchen and chef's counter where you can see the staff at work.
In the kitchen you'll spy chef Shane Lyons, who hails from Momofuku Noodle Bar. His menu includes dishes like fried duck and waffles and 24 hour slow cooked pork ribs with watermelon, red onions and pickled mustard seeds. In the drinks department, you'll find a list of classics along with specialty cocktails like the Mead Americano, which is a mix of honey mead, gin, Aperol and grapefruit bitters. The wine list was designed by Kristie Pertrullo - expect a mix of vino from around the globe and regional American offerings. If you want to drop by, the bar opens at 5 and diner service starts at 6 PM. Check out some dishes in the slideshow below (211 West Broadway; 212-601-9514).