Molecular Gastronomy

  1. Atera
    7.7
    $$$$

    Atera

    77 Worth St.
    New York, NY 10013

    No matter how appealing eating a forest might sound to you, the food at Atera is not quite worth the hefty price tag. This is an incredibly interesting restaurant, and Chef Lightner is very talented. The service is incredible, the drinks are good, and it’s a really nice room. But the meal here is simply too hit and miss.

  2. Alder
    7.2
    $$

    Alder

    157 2nd Ave.
    New York, NY 10003

    At Alder, the space is beautiful, the cocktails tremendous, and the molecular gastronomy ambitious. Despite this, the inconsistency of the menu and f*cking crazy noise levels left us less enthralled than most.

  3. MANZANILLA
    7.0
    $$$$

    Manzanilla

    345 Park Ave. S.
    New York, NY 10010

    Manzanilla attempts to get the New York crowd finally taking Spanish cuisine seriously. Acclaimed Spanish chef Dani García’s flair for the unexpected impressed, yet his failure to execute the simple stuff flopped.

  4. WD50
    6.4
    $$$$

    wd~50

    50 Clinton St.
    New York, NY 10002

    While it may be fun to eat an everything bagel that’s made of liquid nitrogen ice cream or an edible brown sugar egg shell, this just isn’t the kind of meal that satisfies us. We were not that impressed with wd~50.

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