wd-50

★★★★★
  • 50 Clinton St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: nr. Rivington St.

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  • 212-477-2900

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It was for a birthday celebration and we regretted it as soon as we sat down. The decor was like a cafeteria. The food was really bad. We expected much better for the price. There was even a hair on the plate of my friend's thankfully it

3
★★★★★

It was for a birthday celebration and we regretted it as soon as we sat down. The decor was like a cafeteria. The food was really bad. We expected much better for the price. There was even a hair on the plate of my friend's thankfully it

Pros: location

Cons: food was awful and service unprofessional

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I love creativity but if Im putting it in my mouth it has to taste good! If not put it in a museum. Flew to NYC and especially made a trip to WD 50, Not impressed and disappointed. Would have loved to gone to some really good restaurants.

3
★★★★★

I love creativity but if Im putting it in my mouth it has to taste good! If not put it in a museum. Flew to NYC and especially made a trip to WD 50, Not impressed and disappointed. Would have loved to gone to some really good restaurants.

Pros: creativity

Cons: food and price

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I must say, they did put a lot of effort to make the menu LOOK innovative.\r
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That said, I personally don't care for how innovative it is as long as it tastes good. In my opinion, the food tastes just the same as the restaurant next

3
★★★★★

I must say, they did put a lot of effort to make the menu LOOK innovative.\r
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That said, I personally don't care for how innovative it is as long as it tastes good. In my opinion, the food tastes just the same as the restaurant next

Pros: Innovative menu

Cons: Why pay so much for plain tasted food and sloppy service?

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One thing is for certain about WD, this is not your father's haute cuisine. The atmosphere is totally casual which is to be expected given the location. The service was excellent, our servers helped pick an excellent cocktail for my wife

3
★★★★★

One thing is for certain about WD, this is not your father's haute cuisine. The atmosphere is totally casual which is to be expected given the location. The service was excellent, our servers helped pick an excellent cocktail for my wife

Pros: If you're bored of the usual you will not be disappointed

Cons: The price is steep but genius costs money

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This is a new experience. Very creative. Big strong, rich and intense flavors abound. The Fois gras was amazingly rich but if you dont like Fois gras, then not for you. The pork belly was served here before anyone else dared try it and

3
★★★★★

This is a new experience. Very creative. Big strong, rich and intense flavors abound. The Fois gras was amazingly rich but if you dont like Fois gras, then not for you. The pork belly was served here before anyone else dared try it and

Pros: Most creative, delicious and experimental restaurant in NYC

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I was so disappointed in WD 50! I think innovative cuisine is great - I'm all for it - when it tastes good. The food at WD 50 is very interesting and I was very impressed by how weird the menu was - but I didn't like anything I ordered.

3
★★★★★

I was so disappointed in WD 50! I think innovative cuisine is great - I'm all for it - when it tastes good. The food at WD 50 is very interesting and I was very impressed by how weird the menu was - but I didn't like anything I ordered.

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It's exactly what people described it as - very unique. The experimental cuisine isn't really my cup of tea so I wouldn't take my review too seriously. I thought the restaurant was very nice and the unusual combinations were always

3
★★★★★

It's exactly what people described it as - very unique. The experimental cuisine isn't really my cup of tea so I wouldn't take my review too seriously. I thought the restaurant was very nice and the unusual combinations were always

Pros: Definitely a new dining experience

Cons: Not my type of food

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After having read about Wylie Dufresne & "wd~50" for years, \r
my husband & I decided to give it a try for our anniversary dinner.\r
Prepared for the unique & unusual, we were not disappointed.\r
Our server, Chris, helped to make the

3
★★★★★

After having read about Wylie Dufresne & "wd~50" for years, \r
my husband & I decided to give it a try for our anniversary dinner.\r
Prepared for the unique & unusual, we were not disappointed.\r
Our server, Chris, helped to make the

Pros: unique, interesting food & spirits, terrific service

Cons: a little pricey & the location difficult to get to (but it was worth it)

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My boyfriend surprised me with dinner at this restaurant as a congratulations for my new job, so needless to say we were not dressed to go here--jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and what we got was sub-par service to say the least. I have been

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend surprised me with dinner at this restaurant as a congratulations for my new job, so needless to say we were not dressed to go here--jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and what we got was sub-par service to say the least. I have been

Pros: excellent food, you get to see the kitchen and Wylie (woohoo)

Cons: expensive, snobby waiter

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We were very disappointed! We did not order the tasting menu because they don't tell you what you are getting, It's a $125 mystery, so we ordered from the regular menu, the lamb was very rare/bloody, even though I asked for medium well

3
★★★★★

We were very disappointed! We did not order the tasting menu because they don't tell you what you are getting, It's a $125 mystery, so we ordered from the regular menu, the lamb was very rare/bloody, even though I asked for medium well

Pros: drinks

Cons: everything else

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easily the worst meal ever. nothing was good. $125 for the tasting menu had us feeling completely hoodwinked as we walked out. service was great. the decor is downright silly. the bad italian modern light fixtures made me nauseous. the

3
★★★★★

easily the worst meal ever. nothing was good. $125 for the tasting menu had us feeling completely hoodwinked as we walked out. service was great. the decor is downright silly. the bad italian modern light fixtures made me nauseous. the

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Came here and was surprised how casual the space was given the extraordinary prices. The tables are very close together, too.... not a lot of privacy. I had heard the food was "weird" so I was prepared to be surprised. Bottom line, yes,

3
★★★★★

Came here and was surprised how casual the space was given the extraordinary prices. The tables are very close together, too.... not a lot of privacy. I had heard the food was "weird" so I was prepared to be surprised. Bottom line, yes,

Pros: Culinary experimentation at its best

Cons: Expensive, unimpressive ambiance

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We went for dinner and it was $250 without dessert/coffee and 1 bottle of wine which is okay if it were good..\r
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THE OCTOPUS tasted like canned TUNA and TROUT was so fishy and HORRIBLE no flavor only fishy.....Duck was like deli meat!

3
★★★★★

We went for dinner and it was $250 without dessert/coffee and 1 bottle of wine which is okay if it were good..\r
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THE OCTOPUS tasted like canned TUNA and TROUT was so fishy and HORRIBLE no flavor only fishy.....Duck was like deli meat!

Pros: great service and wine

Cons: horrible food

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This is the best restaurant in NYC in my opinion. If you are tired of the same old Itallian placed with pasta and such, this is the plce for you. The Ched Wylie Dufresne is not from this [planet. There is not way the recipes he has come up

3
★★★★★

This is the best restaurant in NYC in my opinion. If you are tired of the same old Itallian placed with pasta and such, this is the plce for you. The Ched Wylie Dufresne is not from this [planet. There is not way the recipes he has come up

Pros: FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!

Cons: Location

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Just a few words about this place: the portions by themselves are not large by any means but the tasting menu left me stuffed (granted I have small stomach, but regardless, the size of the meal is more than adequate). The food is like

3
★★★★★

Just a few words about this place: the portions by themselves are not large by any means but the tasting menu left me stuffed (granted I have small stomach, but regardless, the size of the meal is more than adequate). The food is like

Pros: Food, Service, Experience

Cons: Cost

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Totally accomodating. Unpretentious. Banqettes, no tablecoths, yet a certain Vong-i-ness to the lighting, decor, art, and color schemes that established the fine dining setting. Ditto the exposed (and perfectly, and I mean spotlessly,

3
★★★★★

Totally accomodating. Unpretentious. Banqettes, no tablecoths, yet a certain Vong-i-ness to the lighting, decor, art, and color schemes that established the fine dining setting. Ditto the exposed (and perfectly, and I mean spotlessly,

Pros: thrilling

Cons: not everyone will love the entree portion sizes, though I didn't care

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I was very disappointed from wd-50. It is very expensive and the quality of the food is not at all at its price level. The selection of wines is poor and not representative of their country. And, worst of all, I ate a fish that was not

3
★★★★★

I was very disappointed from wd-50. It is very expensive and the quality of the food is not at all at its price level. The selection of wines is poor and not representative of their country. And, worst of all, I ate a fish that was not

Pros: Service

Cons: Quality

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I honestly never wrote any reviews on the City Search, although I always read them. It's a first time I waned to register to actually leave a bad review. I honestly agree with people who said it's a bad place. Don't take Duck, don't take

3
★★★★★

I honestly never wrote any reviews on the City Search, although I always read them. It's a first time I waned to register to actually leave a bad review. I honestly agree with people who said it's a bad place. Don't take Duck, don't take

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This was the worst restaurant I have been to in New York. Rude waiters, outrageous prices, long lines, bring it on. But when the food is inedible- that is a totally different story.\r
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The only thing that was edible was the sesame

3
★★★★★

This was the worst restaurant I have been to in New York. Rude waiters, outrageous prices, long lines, bring it on. But when the food is inedible- that is a totally different story.\r
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The only thing that was edible was the sesame

Pros: the sesame flatbread

Cons: food, service, location, expensive for such horrid food

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Go there if you enjoy very strange ingredients and a mixture of odd flavors.\r
Went there with a group of 6 people and had the tasting menu - it was truly disgusting! None of us (except person who recommended the place) enjoyed the food or

3
★★★★★

Go there if you enjoy very strange ingredients and a mixture of odd flavors.\r
Went there with a group of 6 people and had the tasting menu - it was truly disgusting! None of us (except person who recommended the place) enjoyed the food or

Pros: good service

Cons: HORRIBLE FOOD!!!!

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Ok, first of all, we are from europe, eat routinely in -real- michelin three starred places, and i am friend with quite some famous chefs over there so it's not a 4 Lbs steak fan writing what follows.\r
I'll skip the decor (or absence of)

3
★★★★★

Ok, first of all, we are from europe, eat routinely in -real- michelin three starred places, and i am friend with quite some famous chefs over there so it's not a 4 Lbs steak fan writing what follows.\r
I'll skip the decor (or absence of)

Pros: Wine list, cheap, with all it means

Cons: Food, service

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In regard to the statement that Wd-50's cuisine is on par with el Bulli, I strongly disagree. Simply put, Dufresne cannot compete with Adria.

3
★★★★★

In regard to the statement that Wd-50's cuisine is on par with el Bulli, I strongly disagree. Simply put, Dufresne cannot compete with Adria.

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If you?re looking for a good old feed-up and you want to leave feeling stuffed, forget it. If you don?t like food served in small but beautifully presented portions, go to your nearest diner for a burger; this is not an all-you-can-eat

3
★★★★★

If you?re looking for a good old feed-up and you want to leave feeling stuffed, forget it. If you don?t like food served in small but beautifully presented portions, go to your nearest diner for a burger; this is not an all-you-can-eat

Pros: Stimulating, adventurous food, very good service, friendly.

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Before I go into details, I'll give the short version: If you like to try new and amazingly creative food that might be a bit weird, you'll love this place. If eating foie gras with a spoon isn't for you, don't eat here.\r
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I went with

3
★★★★★

Before I go into details, I'll give the short version: If you like to try new and amazingly creative food that might be a bit weird, you'll love this place. If eating foie gras with a spoon isn't for you, don't eat here.\r
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I went with

Pros: Creative, beuatiful plating, delicious food

Cons: Too weird for some people

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if you like the way that fake smoke flavor tastes, then this is your place...it was even on the dessert. i brought my wife and some friends and we were blown away at how absud it was. that was the best part. laughing at it and vowing not

3
★★★★★

if you like the way that fake smoke flavor tastes, then this is your place...it was even on the dessert. i brought my wife and some friends and we were blown away at how absud it was. that was the best part. laughing at it and vowing not

Pros: can't think of any...oh, the bathroom was nice.

Cons: food tasted nasty

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This place makes things weird just for the sake of making them weird, but somehow, it works out really well. If you're looking for adventure, go here and get the tasting menu and you probably won't be disappointed .... just know what

3
★★★★★

This place makes things weird just for the sake of making them weird, but somehow, it works out really well. If you're looking for adventure, go here and get the tasting menu and you probably won't be disappointed .... just know what

Pros: Very good, unusual food, tasting menu is fun

Cons: Some will find it too weird, desserts not as good as the rest of the menu

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I went in 2005 & 2006 and it was ok so I decide to try it again.....\r
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lets start with the smoked eel app, (dont really want to talk about this one because ther is nothing to talk about. The Foie gras wich I thought was the best dish

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★★★★★

I went in 2005 & 2006 and it was ok so I decide to try it again.....\r
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lets start with the smoked eel app, (dont really want to talk about this one because ther is nothing to talk about. The Foie gras wich I thought was the best dish

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I walked in this evening (saturday) right about 5:30 and asked to sit at the bar to dine by myself. i was told that they were not ready to serve but I was welcome to sit and have a drink in a very friendly, no trouble tone. so thats

3
★★★★★

I walked in this evening (saturday) right about 5:30 and asked to sit at the bar to dine by myself. i was told that they were not ready to serve but I was welcome to sit and have a drink in a very friendly, no trouble tone. so thats

Pros: Interesting food, decent bar, nice employees.

Cons: A bit pricey, limited 'signature' cocktails, music didn't fit place.

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My friend and I had the tasting menu - it was extraordinarily intelligent and delicious food that challenged both the mind and palate. It was sheer delight to hear the cheerful, enthusiastic and helpful waiters describe the food and then

3
★★★★★

My friend and I had the tasting menu - it was extraordinarily intelligent and delicious food that challenged both the mind and palate. It was sheer delight to hear the cheerful, enthusiastic and helpful waiters describe the food and then

Pros: Helpful and enthusiastic waiters

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The textures are clearly planned out and truly interesting to the mouth. This is the focus of the food and little attention is paid to taste.

3
★★★★★

The textures are clearly planned out and truly interesting to the mouth. This is the focus of the food and little attention is paid to taste.

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This was a gourmet experience. The flavor mix was unique, purist and exquisite. Be prepared for a different dinner; enjoy the tasting and food presentation. If you have the chance, take a look to kitchen, it can be the cleanest kitchen in

3
★★★★★

This was a gourmet experience. The flavor mix was unique, purist and exquisite. Be prepared for a different dinner; enjoy the tasting and food presentation. If you have the chance, take a look to kitchen, it can be the cleanest kitchen in

Pros: Flavors and textures

Cons: Ambience

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Well, WD-50 was a real disappointment. The waitors described food like it was just delectable. However, nothing was impressive or really much above avarage. The duck on corn type crackers just tasted like roast beef on a cracker with

3
★★★★★

Well, WD-50 was a real disappointment. The waitors described food like it was just delectable. However, nothing was impressive or really much above avarage. The duck on corn type crackers just tasted like roast beef on a cracker with

Pros: Good Service

Cons: Food unimpressive, flavors of individual dishes did not mesh, not particularly fresh food

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As a true New Yorker, this restaurant is my absolute favorite. Chef Wylie DeFresne is constantly creative and there are always new items on the menu. Even a decorative design bursts with flavor. Most importantly - the food is marvelous.

3
★★★★★

As a true New Yorker, this restaurant is my absolute favorite. Chef Wylie DeFresne is constantly creative and there are always new items on the menu. Even a decorative design bursts with flavor. Most importantly - the food is marvelous.

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The service and ambiance were impeccable, but ultimately the food has to impress and it did not. Nothing was bad or ill-prepared, but it was crystal clear that balance and the important melding and complimenting of flavors had been tossed

3
★★★★★

The service and ambiance were impeccable, but ultimately the food has to impress and it did not. Nothing was bad or ill-prepared, but it was crystal clear that balance and the important melding and complimenting of flavors had been tossed

Pros: Ambiance and service

Cons: Food is creative, but really just not that good. Poor wine list & wine glasses.

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If you like weird tasting food, then this is the place for you. I know that is what they are aiming for, but my palate was assaulted quite a few times. Service was above average, though 3 glasses were broken in the restaurant in the time

3
★★★★★

If you like weird tasting food, then this is the place for you. I know that is what they are aiming for, but my palate was assaulted quite a few times. Service was above average, though 3 glasses were broken in the restaurant in the time

Pros: drinks, dessert, kitchen in full view

Cons: unusual food

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My husband and I went to WD-50 last night with another couple and we all agreed that it was just awful. The food was truly disgusting; I've never had such awful tasting food at any New York restaurant. I didn't know food could be so

3
★★★★★

My husband and I went to WD-50 last night with another couple and we all agreed that it was just awful. The food was truly disgusting; I've never had such awful tasting food at any New York restaurant. I didn't know food could be so

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The place: Nice, modern, totally unpretentious. The service: competent, nice and unintrusive.\r
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What makes wd-50 unique is the food. Just looking at the menu will make you really think about what you're about to eat... Squid noodles?

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★★★★★

The place: Nice, modern, totally unpretentious. The service: competent, nice and unintrusive.\r
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What makes wd-50 unique is the food. Just looking at the menu will make you really think about what you're about to eat... Squid noodles?

Pros: The most interesting food in Manhattan. A celebrity chef that's actually there.

Cons: Close tables, kinda pricey.

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I don't have that much to say about this place. The decor was nice, the wait-staff was relatively unremarkable (not good, not bad).\r
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The only part that I really remember was that the portions were extremely small. The appetizer was

3
★★★★★

I don't have that much to say about this place. The decor was nice, the wait-staff was relatively unremarkable (not good, not bad).\r
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The only part that I really remember was that the portions were extremely small. The appetizer was

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Precious, overpriced, tiny portions, expensive wines. There were four of us and we sampled each other's dishes (though there was previous little to share) and ultimately agreed we didn't like the place. From the moment we said we didn't

3
★★★★★

Precious, overpriced, tiny portions, expensive wines. There were four of us and we sampled each other's dishes (though there was previous little to share) and ultimately agreed we didn't like the place. From the moment we said we didn't

Pros: a different cuisine; not too noisy

Cons: Really expensive for tiny portions; nothing specia

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The restaurant was highly overrated. The menu is expensive. The portion is small. The food has no taste. Paying that high price, I could have dined at other places with better food and service.

3
★★★★★

The restaurant was highly overrated. The menu is expensive. The portion is small. The food has no taste. Paying that high price, I could have dined at other places with better food and service.

Cons: No taste, Small portion, Too expensive

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Clear you mind and be prepared to experience something great. The foie gras with the pool of beet juice and olives was fantastic. Go and get the tasting and let the chef show you something great. If you've been to minibar in DC, the

3
★★★★★

Clear you mind and be prepared to experience something great. The foie gras with the pool of beet juice and olives was fantastic. Go and get the tasting and let the chef show you something great. If you've been to minibar in DC, the

Pros: food, service, open kitchen

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I was disappointed, esp. for the price. My turbot was perfectly cooked -- but the pairings of ingredients were just off. The smoked bulghur was sticky and tasted like musty woodchips, the salsify was lovely on its own but overpowered the

3
★★★★★

I was disappointed, esp. for the price. My turbot was perfectly cooked -- but the pairings of ingredients were just off. The smoked bulghur was sticky and tasted like musty woodchips, the salsify was lovely on its own but overpowered the

Pros: Fun drinks

Cons: Bad food, Quite expensive

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A MAJOR disappointment. Why the hype? I dont mind trying innovative and creative food, however, it should be worth the experience. I recently went with a group of open minded foodie friends to WD 50. We tried the tasting menu with the

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★★★★★

A MAJOR disappointment. Why the hype? I dont mind trying innovative and creative food, however, it should be worth the experience. I recently went with a group of open minded foodie friends to WD 50. We tried the tasting menu with the

Cons: overpiced, not good food

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This small restaurant serves food unlike anything else. The portions are small so be prepared to eat elsewhere afterwards, but they are lovely to look at. The combinations are odd, like Short Ribs with Kimchee Spakle or Edmame Gelato and Venison Tartare (not recommended, by the way), but often go surprisingly well together. Reservations recommended in advance and be prepared to pay about $100 pp for an appetizer, main meal, dessert, and wine.

4
★★★★☆

This small restaurant serves food unlike anything else. The portions are small so be prepared to eat elsewhere afterwards, but they are lovely to look at. The combinations are odd, like Short Ribs with Kimchee Spakle or Edmame Gelato and Venison Tartare (not recommended, by the way), but often go surprisingly well together. Reservations recommended in advance and be prepared to pay about $100 pp for an appetizer, main meal, dessert, and wine.

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Chef Wylie Dufrense supplies some interesting dishes, but the price is steep (watch out for the wine list--ouch).

The crowd is decidely un-hip, lots of business types. The game selection is excellent and the staff is spot on. Skip the desserts--they are mediocre.

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★★★☆☆

Chef Wylie Dufrense supplies some interesting dishes, but the price is steep (watch out for the wine list--ouch).

The crowd is decidely un-hip, lots of business types. The game selection is excellent and the staff is spot on. Skip the desserts--they are mediocre.

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Wylie Dufresne has always been way ahead of the New York City experiential curve. There were glimpses of his playfulness when he cheffed at 71 Clinton Fresh Food. Here at wd-50, the chef makes a name for himself as a chemist and…

 

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