Contra Guys Will Open the Casual ‘Wildair’ on Orchard Street Next Month
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Around this time last year, Contra scored the go-ahead from Community Board 3 to open a casual, “creative American” restaurant at 94 Allen Street. It was to be a place more approachable than the OG spot. Those plans ultimately hit a dead-end (F18 Gallery opened there instead), though, and owners Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske continued scouring the neighborhood for a better-suited space. Turns out they didn’t need to look further than their own backyard. Two doors down.
While butcher paper held court in the windows of 140-142 Orchard Street for months, work surreptitiously continued behind the scenes. It is here that Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske plan to make good on said casual concept, now called Wildair (not to be confused with neighbor Wassail). The duo tells Eater that it’s “a more casual, social setting” that will offer an a la carte menu “with many shareable plates.” There’s also a larger focus on wine, with a list of organic and biodynamic bottles assembled by Jorge Riera.
As for the issue of a liquor license, Stone and Von Hauske obtained OP approval from CB3 back in November. Their application is still pending with the State Liquor Authority.
Wildair should open sometime next month.
Mi Casa es Su Casu preceded Wildair, but failed to woo a steady following during its short fifteen-month tenure.