The team behind Queens Kickshaw has shifted its focus to cider for its second project: a Lower East Side bar named Wassail, which will offer close to 100 varieties by draught, in bottles, and by the glass. Apparently, America is in the midst of a cider renaissance, and Wassail will feature many local producers — as well as French, Spanish, British, Italian, and Irish ciders.
As for the food: Chef Joseph Buenconsejo’s all-vegetarian, British-leaning menu includes a mix of bar snacks (Scotch Eggs, jalapeño fritters, fried pastie) and composed dishes, like peas with smoked ricotta, asparagus, and morels, and layered potatoes with turnips, mustard greens, and gribiche. Take a look:
Wassail, 162 Orchard St., 646-918-6835