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Atera

77 Worth Street,
New York
NY 10013
Phone: (212) 226-1444

Not since wd-50 has a NYC restaurant so aptly justified the use of molecular gastronomy in modern American cooking.  Executive Matthew Lightner walks an intriguing tightrope at this ambitious Tribeca restaurant, taking foraged, decidedly back-to-the-land ingredients (sorrel, parsley root, wildflower honey, hickory nuts), and engineering them into unique exercises of form and flavor (fried “lichen” is presented on a wooden box of hot stones, a charred leek is anointed with “hay ash” and dolloped with sheep’s milk yogurt.)

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