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50 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
By 3WiseMen on 5/4/2007
wd 50 is a typical NYC style restaurant, with the arrogant attitude, rude waiters and lousy food as prime examples. Not a moment did I feel welcome in there. The staff act like a bunch of know it alls who look down on the customers, the food is presented in a fantastic way but most food lacks flavor and tastes really boring. The duck they are serving at the moment has the same texture as my little rubber duck at home in the bath tub with the sauce being as exciting as the water surrounding it.
The Best Restaurant in America
By Txacoli on 4/6/2007
I don't get the negative reviews......they say more about the diner than the place. Thomas Keller notwithstanding, Wylie D. is the best chef in America: creative, highly technical, demanding. The food is beautiful, delicious and inspiring. Squab marinated in hibiscus tea with hibiscus crystals? I guess this sort of thing can be frightening......but the best exposition of squab I have ever had in my life. I am a professional chef and professional diner. Trust me, there is no one better than Wylie and his crew.
Wylie Dufresne, an American Genius
By Manhattanite on 3/13/2007
Did all the WD haters here mistake it for a Burger King, or are they uneducated turistas? Wylie Dufresne is one of the very few chefs in America practicing molecular gastronomy, a cuisine that looks gorgeous, tastes fabulous and feeds your brain as nothing will ever do except a good orgasm and great art. The beet-filled foie gras makes me cry every time I try. The cocktails are innovative and among the best in town. The new pastry chef, Alex Stupak, brings heaven and earth together. A service so seamlessly perfect and relaxed it just makes you feel good-every employee here knows every bit of what goes in the plates! For 105 bucks you get a sublime, enriching experience you will never forget (if you are intelligent enough to appreciate it). And, unlike so many other celebrity chefs, being able to see Wylie in his kitchen every time you go is just priceless. It is true that WD-50 is one of those places you either love or hate. But for the haters- why didnt you stay home and order Chinese take-out while watching cable reality shows? Your brain just does not belong here.
don't waste your time and specially your money in this restaurant
By Penelope on 3/13/2007
if i can only avoid someone to be as dissapointed as me and my friends it's worth it to write this. The objectif of trying to be inventive and mix flavours is a real fiasco. Complicated for nothing! the atmosphere is not good, the ambiance and lighting in the restaurant is not inviting, the food is very bad and you end up paying $300 for a dinner that you wished you didn't have. Go to any other lower east restaurant, it will be much better and definitevely cheaper. Eviten este restaurante! Super caro para comer francamente mal.
unfortunate example of NYC restaurant pretension
By verde79 on 2/19/2007
I always wanted to try this place and after becoming addicted to this season's Top Chef, I decided to go with two friends and one person from out of town. Unfortunately, upon being seated we received the most cliche pretentious service from the bartender. He informed me that "this is a fine dining establishment" to explain why they had no Rose's lime juice to put in my out-of-towner's vodka gimlet. FYI, snobby bartender, The New New York Bartender's Guide and The Bartender's Bible call for Rose's lime in a gimlet, so don't roll your eyes when I ask you to at least add simple sugar. Then my out-of-towner literally was served a plate of gristle for her entree (the pork belly). Thanks for letting me know it was a fine dining establishment; next time I'll ask for ketchup to help choke down the plate of gristle. The rest of our food was okay, but not worth the price or the pretension.
Love this place
By bermudasnooze on 1/16/2007
Inventive, exquisite, innovative even witty dishes in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. One of the best tasting menus ever (strongly recommend the tasting over the regular menu). The wine pairings for the tasting menu are genius. The staff is the perfect mix of friendly and knowledgable. I love this place and will return again and again.
One of the Worst But Most Expensive Meals of My Life
By salamanda33 on 12/6/2006
I am a very adventurous eater and love food of all types BUT this was TERRIBLE. We did the tasting menu with wine paring as the waiter told us it was the best way to go and would be the best meal of our lives. Throughout the 11 courses there was only two things we all thought were ok - the bread which was really nice and the desert. Beyond that it was almost inedible. We did have fun though lots of laughing and trying to keep good humour that we were spending $600 for 3 people yet only ate half the meal. Seriously DO NO waste your money here - there are soooo many resturants in the area that are so much better and at a fraction of the cost.
A very special change in dining.
By whayesri on 11/10/2006
My girlfriend took me to WD-50 for my birthday in Sept. The food was amazing. We eat out for all meals. WD-50 was definitely a change from the every day meal. The tasting menu is the way to go. The kitchen looks so clean, you would perform surgery. People who complain about the bill, knew what they were ordering. How can you complain? If you want a special evening, with new conversation every time a new plate comes out, and amazing food; definitely try WD-50. You wont be sorry.
By OoLaLa on 10/4/2006
I am 33, live in the West Village, eat out a lot and I have good taste in food. Some of my favorite places are Blue Ribbon Bakery, Tamarind, Il Cantinori, Perry St., Pearl Oyster Bar, Jean Georges, etc. I ate at WD-50 this week with a lovely friend & we opted for the tasting menu and every dish became increasingly more unappetizing. There was a frighteningly prepared foie gras shaped like spam which when you cut it in half as the waiter suggests beet puree pours out like blood and thinly sliced beef tongue with shards of lettuce whiched tasted like oscar meyer sandwich meet. Many of the dishes were very salty. The bill came to $300 adding insult to injury. The decor definitely does not match the prices. It attempts to be modern in an eames-ish kind of way but does not work. The lighting is unflattering and creates no ambiance. If you are looking to dine with pretty, interestingly dressed people this is definitely not the place. The staff was polite but downtrodden - many looked like they had not seen the light of day in awhile, or ate all of their meals at WD-50 :-(.
By Jacksus on 1/29/2006
Three couples on a Saturday night. The neighborhood is, er, changing, but the food is sensational. We all had the tasting menu, which is a just-right series of scrumptious, wildly-creative, jewel-like dishes. Service was friendly, informative and professional. The wine-pairing works, but if you're really serious about your wine, try something better from the list. This place is not for everyone, but it's a don't-miss if you're at least a semi-foodie.
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