50 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
By streamwise on 3/20/2005
This definitely isn't a restaurant for everyone, as most people might not "get it" or might be turned off at some of the food combinations. However, if you have an open mind and palate, it will not dissappoint. I did the tasting menu with wines, and was repeatedly wowed with the food and flawless service. The portions are fairly standard tasting menu size, and I definitely didn't leave hungry.
By gucciqueen on 2/2/2005
Sure, the food looks like a work of art but the portions are microscopic, and for the price, I hardly think it's worth it. Don't come hungry because you'll be sadly disappointed. And there are some scary concoctions on this menu. I agree with the reviewer that said Dufresne was going for shock value.
By sensei on 11/29/2004
I bet the inital quality of the ingredients is great, but they are disseminated as they gasp for air under an inexplicably placed foam or are drowned in a bitter essence with shards of crunchy who knows what on top. Blech. Obviously creative, but utterly unpalatable. Like something my kids would concoct given free reign of the kitchen - and the bath.
By kabasan on 11/2/2004
That is all I can say. So unimpressive and some of the dishes were out of this world and that is not meant in a good way! You either love this place or hate it!
By equennoy on 10/23/2004
My wife and I had unquestionably the worst meal we've ever had in New York at this over-priced farce of a restaurant. Thirsty bucks for two tiny, sinewy lamb chops floating in a tasteless broth, with a bit of mashed potato and a slither of leek on the side. I couldn't believe it. And my wife had the stone bass served with a vile green sauce - that read great on the menu, but tasted like a puree of lawn clippings. Both our meals were not only bland, but bordering on inedible. Add to this an annoying waitress who filled our water after every sip, uncomfortable seating, mediocre decor, and exorbitant prices, and you've got yourself a lousy night out. Save the money and get a slice at Ray's pizza - you'll be much more satisfied!
By Connie on 9/9/2004
Very disappointing!!! Very sad that the chef's greatest mission is shock value! What happened to great food!!! I ordered Barramundi which is an Australian fish which was the worst fish I have ever eaten...no fault of the fish I am sure!!! It was absolute mush!!!!! We travel to Maui every year so we are very used to wonderful fresh fish so when I mentioned to the server that perhaps something was wrong with the fish she said "Oh it is just a delicate fish!!"" But what happened to the texture!! I just read about this fish online..."Texture: Large, moist white flakes when cooked."" Any chef should be ashamed to charge $30.00/plate for mush and still call himself a chef!!!...highly overrated restaurant...pickled tongue, octapus, venison.. if you don't care about food quality or price but just want to brag about eating weird things maybe you would like this place! Maybe the chef would do better to sign up for a reality T.V. show..who needs "Fear Factor" when you can eat the same things at WD-50!!! Connie from Toronto
By DavidW on 8/3/2004
Our London guests were amazed that "chef will be very upset that you haven't ordered an appetizer". Being unable to wring the requisite $ per head from our table, service steadily declined. From peering at other tables it appeared that our meals on a mid-week night were made especially small out of spite. In all honesty, despite nightmare experience, the food was quite good.
By HerbertHerbert on 10/21/2003
Au contraire, I found the oyster appetizer to be singularly unappetizing. It looked like a square of marbled stone, but had both the consistency and taste of mucus. Most of the dishes appeared to have been tortured; they were frozen in order to slice them very thinly (and destroy any flavor) shaved or, in the case of a rabbit's rib-cage, wound into a bun. The dinner was disgusting, the she-devil waitperson rude and condescending, and the bill was $300. By all means, go to Clinton Street if you must, but then run like hell in the other direction!
By frankie on 9/21/2003
the food is so intresting the way he plates, never seen anything like it, the taste is a little unusual, i had smashed oysters on a plate, it looked marbleized, very cool, service a little slow, and not informed enough about their menu,,,other dihes we had we fine,, pork fat dish the best one...
By coolnavigator on 6/20/2003
OVER-RATED. RESERVATION SYSTEM SUCKS. HAD TO CALL THREE TIMES AND THEN PUT ON HOLD FOR 5 MINUTES. WHEN TOLD A SPECIFIC DATE WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION, BEFORE I COULD BREATHE AN ALTERNATE DATE, SHE HUNG UP. WITH THOUSANDS OF RESTAURANTS AVAILABLE, WHO NEEDS THIS ?