Wildair is a terrific addition to the LES restaurant scene! From the great team behind Contra (2 doors away), Wildair has an a la carte menu that gives the most picky eater plenty of choices. Casual setting with high-top tables or counter seating. Try for a seat facing the open kitchen. Food is delicious! I ate half of the menu, and each dish is a winner! I loved the delicious bread with the best olive oil (and I don't like olive oil); asparagus with hazelnuts and smoked chili vinaigrette; toast with littleneck clams, spinach and lardo; pork milanaise with sauce gribiche and mustard greens; fried squid with squid ink mayonnaise; and chocolate hazelnut tart.
I've become a big fan of Contra, and now my big quandary will be whether to have dinner at Contra or Wildair. Bottom line: I'll have a great dinner at either restaurant.
BTW, no reservations taken.
Disclosure: this was the first "soft opening" dinner. Menu was limited in comparison to the menu posted on Eater and Grub Street. My dinner was "comped", and my report would be exactly the same if I had paid for it as I had expected since this was not "Friends & Family" that was held earlier in the week.