Lunch at The Gander
The Gander is Chef Jesse Schenker's newest venture located in the former Allison Eighteen space on 18th Street. There's an airy bar area up front with lots of cushioned booths and a formal dining room in the back with gorgeous green leather banquettes for larger groups. The Gander offers a two course prix fix menu for lunch with multiple options including a few they are especially known for like Buffalo Sweetbreads and Brisket Tater Tots. I probably should have tried one of those but I just can't pass up a Wedge Salad when it's on the menu.
Unfortunately this was pretty disappointing. The thick cut bacon was chewy instead of crisp and the white anchovy dressing was so bland I almost didn't realize it was on the salad. Luckily these piping hot rolls arrived to save the day.
They were warm and buttery with the perfect sprinkle of salt on top. I devoured one then used all of my will power to wait for my Spaghetti & Clams to arrive before inhaling the second.
Perfect strands of al dente spaghetti, Geoduck clams, guanciale and fennel all tossed in a creamy lobster bisque sauce. I ate every last bite and used that second roll to make sure not even one drop was left behind.
I was much to full to think of dessert but a boozy little Blondie arrived with the check providing the perfect sweet end to the meal.
15 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011