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“Good but not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of wd~50

wd~50
50 Clinton St, New York City, NY 10002-2401 (Lower East Side)
(212) 477-2900
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Ranked #1,080 of 11,596 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Cross street: Stanton + Rivington
Transit: F Train to Delancey, JMZ to Essex
london , england
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We had the 13 course tasting menu, total $430 for 2 inc service, water and 1 glass of wine.

The food was good but didn't really wow us, although I can't really put my finger on why.

The interior is very casual, and the whole restaurant has a very laid back feel, service is very good with knowledgeable staff.

The location of the restaurant on the lower east side wasnt great, coming out of the restaurant late at night was a little disconcerting and the cab ride from midtown quite expensive too.

Pleased we had the opportunity to eat there but would not return.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Stamford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“wd-50 i got the joke after the first few courses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This restaurant is strange . You either love it or don t get it.
The chef Wylie Dufresne is known for doing things with various foods in strange ways. he makes mushrooms look like grapes, pig tails like fried onions, etc. You either get a tasting menu for $95 or $155 depending upon the number of very small dishes. The deserts were the best part I thought. I got the joke at course three ( of 12). The prices are exorbitant but given the finesse and various components I guess he needs that to cover costs. At half the price I thought it would be expensive. As you might expect the varied and good wine list is wildly priced. You can bring your own for $40 corkage.
The service was exceptionally good. After dinner we got a tour of the kitchen- which was custom made to Mr Dufresne;s specifications. I have never seen such a clean and beautiful restaurant kitchen. Apparently, neither have NYC inspectors- as they gave it THE GOLDEN APPLE for best and cleanest kitchen.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best meal ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The staff was very friendly and greeted us with open smiles. We had the vault and it was the best. Totally will go back soon

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Worth a try - great wait staff and interesting and tasty dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Little hole in the wall. Make sure you are checking building numbers so you don't miss it.
Staff was knowledgable and very helpful. They have 2 menus; the tasting menu and the vault menu. We had the vault which included popcorn soup, duck with black vinegar, passion fruit tart... The wine pairings were perfectly executed. They very easily accommodate dietary requirements.
Overall very happy.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wolverhampton
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Had a fantastic night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Visiting New York last year for my sons 40 birthday visited this wonderful restaurant a real experience to reach there we had a mad taxi driver so the start of the night was in sane but it progressed to a real delight he service was fantastic meal the staff were amazing the food exquisite a wonderful night had by all.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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