American food is not a single narrative with a clear trajectory; it is a product of time, evolution, and multiplicity. Ando looks to the classics to find inspiration for the future. We serve “Second-Generation American Food,” dishes inspired by the multi-generational, multi-cultural American experience, dishes that can be, for instance, Italian-American, Chinese-American, and Indian-American at the same time.
We have an obligation to be overly exacting and critical in our sourcing of ingredients. Ethics, sustainability, nostalgia, and story all factor into our search. We seek not only the most responsible ingredients but also those that embody the stories and feelings behind our food. This means we embrace both the familiar and the unfamiliar, the domestic and the foreign.
We are nothing without our people - our team, our purveyors, our friends, our families, and our customers. Our obligation is not only to serve delicious food, but to create a menu that highlights the diverse stories and shared values of everyone who makes Ando what it is.
Our food is designed to move, but it is first made to be delicious - it is the product of hours of testing, sampling, and tweaking. No dish ever makes it onto our menu unless we all feel passionate about it. We don’t always allow modifications or substitutions - we stand by our dishes as they are and encourage you to try them as they are intended to be tried.