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wd~50

50 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
212-477-2900

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 5
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

37% would go back.

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Fantastic place for a foodie

By streamwise on 3/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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312 out of 636 people found this review helpful.

less flare and more food please

By gucciqueen on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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208 out of 418 people found this review helpful.

mad scientist cuisine

By sensei on 11/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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256 out of 548 people found this review helpful.

YUK!!!

By kabasan on 11/2/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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245 out of 482 people found this review helpful.

Better off getting a slice at Ray's Pizza

By equennoy on 10/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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235 out of 485 people found this review helpful.

You can't be serious!!!!!

By Connie on 9/9/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

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

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295 out of 536 people found this review helpful.

Memorably bad

By DavidW on 8/3/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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257 out of 522 people found this review helpful.

Feh!

By HerbertHerbert on 10/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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214 out of 459 people found this review helpful.

i think it was good, but im not sure...

By frankie on 9/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

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...

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273 out of 521 people found this review helpful.

ANOTHER CELEBRITY CHEF SPOT

By coolnavigator on 6/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

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 ?

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