50 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
By AmyHy on 7/3/2010
I was there for dinner with a friend. Based on the reviews I had high hopes. The food turned out to be average. Bland and non-descriptive at best . The service was slow. Not only that I had a hair on my plate of the entre. Although they changed the plate immediately I couldnt eat after that. This restaurant is a lot of hype. It doesnt compare to other similarly priced restaurants. They seem amateurish and do not have their act together. Not recommended.
By s_f_p on 5/24/2010
I would have to say that the corned duck appetizer, arctic char main and the caramelized brioche dessert were delicious. The server described every dish and was helpful. BUT--while paying for the meal at the end of the night, another person (I would assume was the owner) was very rude as he implied for us to quickly leave the place--which ruined any positive experience of the dining at this restaurant.
By puzzl on 5/7/2010
While the presentation, execution, and general culinary skill behind the dishes was exemplary, the food in general was quite mediocre. It is little surprise they give you so little of each item and you will rarely want to eat more than a bite. The wine list, while distinct and well stocked, was very overpriced. And to boot, in the $30 dessert wine pairing menu they poured 3 samples of mediocre $20 bottles. Weak. I feel sick that I spent $280 here. We could have had two better meals elsewhere at that price.
By MB3152 on 2/2/2010
I have eaten at wd50 many times, and have never had a dish that was not amazing. There seems to be people who love wd50 and people who hate it, so all you can do is go and try it. Unlike a lot of famous chefs, Wylie is actually there every single day. You can even get a tour of the kitchen and talk to him about how he made a certain dish. You just don't get that at many other places. If you don't like this place, it's probably because you just don't like strong and opposing flavors in a dish. The thing is that they are always perfectly balanced and every time I bit into something there I am not only surprised by the flavors and texture but also happy with how it tastes. People who don't like this place probably just had too narrow of a concept of what food should taste like.
By Bruno1 on 1/18/2010
I have never written a review before but i'm in disbelief at how bad my meal was at this restaurant. We got the tasting menu and i could barely eat any of the courses. I will say they had a very nice wine list and 1/2 off on bottles if you get the tasting menu so that was a huge plus. And the bigger plus was that the wine helped me swallow the food that i couldn't find edible to eat. I will also give praise to the presentation of the food but who cares about presentation when the food is sooooo bad. The place is also very expensive--2 people/ 2 tasting menue's/2 bottles of wine for 500.00....save your money and go play with liquid nitrogen in your apt instead of paying 500.00 for 2 at this restaurant.
By wlam107 on 10/23/2009
The combination of flavors and textures cannot be described. The meal was not anything like I have tasted before. The timing between plates was perfect. The service was excellent. Will go back next time for tasting menu.
By sbwpchen on 10/5/2009
The NY Mag review title said it best - "The best weird food that actually tastes good". Went there and had the tasting menu. Everything came out differently than a standard preparation. Full of twists, surprises and of course, delicious. I've been to many good/pricey restaurants and wd-50 definitely did not disappoint. The restaurant manager was also nice enough at the end and gave us a tour of the kitchen and we talked to both him and Wiley a bit.
By prontomac on 2/17/2009
We dined in a party of four recently at WD-50. The table and setting were just right, and we were seated exactly on time. We enjoyed the entire evening, and every course was well explained by the waiter, and served hot from the kitchen, which we could see from out table. We thought the taste and presentation of all courses was excellent. This is certainly not a traditional place, as the chef is truly out in front with his creations--and this makes the experience so rewarding. The pastry cehf--of recent Iron Chef competition, was also creative--and both were gracious in responding to a tour of the kitchen.
By ranimelborai on 12/8/2008
Completely overrated. I was not at all impressed with the food--although the wine selection is impressive, and the meats and fish in the entrees were of a high quality, the other components did not work well together and it seemed like very little thought was put into the composition of the dishes--the coconut puree does not compliment the wagyu beef, and the dehydrated fish added onto the chestnut soup basically ruined what might have been a really good appetizer. The atmosphere is also really stilted--the wait-staff are exceedingly formal and the booths and colored lights give it a cheesy semi-modern look that may have been cool in the late-1990s or acceptable in mid-town but is completely out of place in the LES. My companions and I could not even be bothered with trying dessert. Overall, I felt like the experience did not merit the overly inflated prices, and I did not leave the place feeling like my palate was satisfied in the slightest.
By vegeta906 on 12/3/2008
We did the tasting menu, and I was very happy. The rabbit sausage, foie gras with a passion fruit center, and everything bagel course were my favorites, and stood above the rest, which were still all very good. It may not be for everyone, but I think you need to try it to find out for your self. I get the feeling this is a love it hate place.