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Map & Directions 50 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002
  • New American
  • Daily 6pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Fireplace, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Wylie Dufresne's Lower East Side gem still has what it takes to surprise and delight us. Two tasting menus are available these days—12 courses at $155 and five courses at $75. Go for the longer, newer tasting which includes beautiful dishes that show off Dufresne’s avant-garde style and technique, without compromising flavor. If you’re short on time (or cash), sit at the bar and choose any two plates for $25—may we suggest the pho gras, a mash-up of Vietnamese noodle soup and a classic French torchon, followed by the refreshing dessert of cucumber ice, chartreuse foam, and jasmine cream. Your best bet is the tasting menu ($140, plus $85 for the wine pairing), which features a parade of deconstructed dishes that will leave you both scratching your head and rubbing your belly. Everything is presented with minimalist flare: a ring of soft foie gras on a bed of Chinese celery, a miniature everything bagel (actually made of ice cream) set over bright orange salmon threads. The space itself, with its slick wooden details, modern art and lighting by contemporary artist Louis Mueller, is as up-to-date as the food. --Keith Wagstaff

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  • Bravo on 01/28/10

    In my opinion, wd-50 has the city’s best and most eclectic tasting menu. I am always surprised and pleased. -Alex McCord, Real Housewives of New York City

  • nymag on 12/26/10

    One of our fav desserts of the year is the rainbow sherbet here; Platt considers it Chef Alex Stupak’s greatest creation. Featured in Where to Eat 2011!

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    The creativity of the presentation and flavor combinations of the food will make you wonder in delight. Bring a camera for sure. -Maria Hines, Top Chef

  • Bravo on 11/29/10

    Chef Wylie Du Frense is the best with food chemistry. -Timothy Dean, Top Chef

  • The Corcoran Group on 04/15/10

    Molecular Gastronomy at its finest! Order the tasting menu without wine pairings; otherwise half way through you won’t remember what you’ve eaten.

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