I am SO amped to tell you about this place.
You may have seen a little sneak peek on my Instagram, but a few weeks ago Gail PR invited a really fun bunch of bloggers and journalists to check out WILD, which recently opened their second location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (The first is in the West Village, just blocks from my apartment, and I am slapping myself for not trying it sooner.)
First off, the two owners - Miki Agrawal and Walid Hammami - are likely two of the most interesting humans you will ever meet. So it's of zero surprise that this place kicks. ass. Miki is a serial-entrepreneur and former pro-soccer player who launches companies in her sleep, writes about it, and eats gluten free. Walid has OWNED restaurants since he was 19 years old, and DJs in his spare time. Because I'm sure restaurant owners have tons of that.
I'm not sure who's responsible for the decor at WILD, but I would 100% eat a shoe if it meant hanging out in The Greenhouse - which is a magical place behind the main restaurant that I was sure didn't exist in New York City. First impression: we were walking right into a Pinterest wedding (complete with vintage frames, wildflowers, and strings upon strings of twinkling lights). If a tiny little hipster fairy floated out and perched on the lip of my mason jar of sangria, I wouldn't have been all that surprised.
So, ambiance? Check. Banging gluten free food? BIG HUGE DELICIOUS CHECK. We tasted pear gorgonzola pizza with fresh rosemary, salmon skewers with sage and caper sauce, and wild mushroom herb pasta with arugula (to name a few). For dessert? KALE. CUPCAKES. This is real life. And in this thing called real life those kale cupcakes are gooooood. The cake part is reminiscent of a zucchini cake, and the vegan frosting adds a smooth, sweet, sumpin' sumpin'. I could totally go for one right now.
Every single thing we tasted was outstanding. The menu is all gluten free aside from a few pasta dishes, and Miki happily shared that they're phasing out the gluten-containing pasta - so in due time, the kitchen will be ALL gluten free. But don't be afraid to bring you gluten-loving friends. Pretty much everyone at the event (and everyone at my table of 12!) had no gluten restrictions, and it was all rave reviews. The gluten free (and vegan!) pizza crust was especially well-received. So light and crispy that you can easily polish off a whole pie without needing a nap, and the chickpea flour added a nice socca-like taste.
Thanks Miki, Walid and Gail PR for a beautiful night and the fullest of bellies. You guys, go try WILD. Sit back in the greenhouse. Eat a gluten free dessert pizza, if you're feeling crazy. You will love it!