A great old friend on a work trip took me and my 10 y/o to Aster this week. Guerrero @ 22nd has been seemingly doomed for the last several years even though it’s a perfect corner location. I’m hoping Aster will break the curse. We all felt that the $59 prix fixe for 4 courses was a very nice price for the quality of the food. A standout for me was cold golden beet soup with squid ink breadcrumbs and some other yum crunchy things. The 10 y/o ate sweetbreads for the first time–they were excellent. We all ordered different things and rotated dishes and tasted everything. There was a delicate and beautiful halibut presentation, milk-fed lamb, and some great potato dumplings. Standout dessert was pieces chocolate ganache served with incredible burnt sugar ice cream. (Avoid the Tomme Dolce dessert–it’s a not very interesting cheese paired with some elements that don’t work.)
Even the bread and butter (both made in-house) were outstanding. The place became pretty full on a Tuesday night, so it looks like things are looking up for this address.