The Next Door is a culinary adventure from Wegman’s that further exemplifies their greatness in the culture of fine foods. The menu is considered New American with several seasonal items and a focus on sustainable ingredients from their elaborate network of farms. The main attractions are the tasting menu and sushi which is made-to-order with a stunning presentation. The Next Door is also well known for an exquisite wine selection and inventive atmosphere that includes numerous private dining spaces. Here are five reasons that The next Door is a must visit eatery in Rochester.
The Next Door has the best sushi in Rochester. It is all made-to-order at their impressive sushi bar with a presentation that will blow your mind. You have to get the red dragon roll. It comes with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, spicy tuna outside and is drizzled with a sweet miso sauce.
2) Tasting Menu
The multi-course tasting menu is a game changer if you want a true culinary experience. The menu items change depending on what is in season that day. You get to choose from three course or five course plans with the option to add on a wine pairing. The bonus is that the chefs like to come out and give a full debriefing on the dishes.
3) Private Dining & Atmosphere
The Next Door has a unique ambiance full of eye catching artwork and numerous options for private dining. But the gold standard for private dining here is the Test Kitchen. You begin in the kitchen library for drinks and appetizers. Then, you head over to watch an entire dinner be created before your eyes. The room can fit 45 people for a sit down dinner with menu options that include custom made, family style, or a tasting of four courses.
4) Daily Pastas
Every time you come to The Next Door there is a new and creative pasta on the menu. It all depends on what the chef gets fresh at their partnering farms. The above picture is a beet and chèvre tortelli that has beet green pistachio pesto with ingredients from Wegman’s organic farm.
5) Happy Hour
Creative cocktails and an extensive wine selection are another area that The Next Door excels at. And everyday at their bar they host a happy hour from 4 – 7pm with 2 for 1 signature cocktails, $3 select beer drafts and $6 select wine. Then on Monday though Friday they offer $6 select sushi rolls at the bar.
Next Door is the featured restaurant for Nite Out in the month of September. Nite Out is a local service where subscribers have amazing restaurant experiences each month at Rochester’s best spots. Find out more.