Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • wd-50

  • Online Reservations

wd-50
wd-50

wd-50 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wd-50.com
  • Phone: (212) 477-2900
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner five days a week: Wednesday through Sunday, 6pm - 10pm.

    **November 30th will be the last day of service for wd~50. We hope you will join us in the coming months!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Wylie Dufresne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Diners are welcome to visit the kitchen after dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanton + Rivington
  • Public Transit: F Train to Delancey, JMZ to Essex
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking availability is good. There is also a municipal parking lot at Essex between Rivington and Delancey and one on Essex just south of Houston.
A word from wd-50
wd~50 offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The restaurant is open for dinner five nights a week from 6pm to 10pm, and offers two tasting menus: twelve courses for $155, and five courses for $90 featuring classic dishes from past menus. Bar diners can enjoy either tasting menu or select two courses from the menus (sweet or savory items) for $25; additional courses can be added for $15 per course. We no longer offer an a la carte menu. Wylie Dufresne, Sous Chef Sam Henderson and Pastry Chef Malcolm Livingston II serve modern American cuisine renowned for its flavor, sophistication, and innovation. The dining room seats 70 and the private dining room 14 people. wd~50 has a Michelin star and in March of 2008 was awarded three stars by Frank Bruni of the New York Times.

Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "It was rainy and we stood outside the locked door at 5:50 for our 6 pm reservation; better to be seated inside and be dry and ignored. Nice ambiance; underinformed but nice waiter; pretty and interesting food, but a bit dull. Under-seasoned perhaps. Nothing popped nor did any one item stand out. There were many (out of 12) that were fine and tasty but just not enough oomph. But they were very good on substituting items that were gluten free as I have celiac and the subs were interesting items, not just wheat-less as is sometimes the case. But I think the 3 gluten eaters agreed things could have been tastier. My companions had great wine and I had a yummy ginger/apple/lemon "mocktail." All that said, I'm glad I got to go."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our server pretty much mentally checked out when we ordered the "from the vault" menu rather than the larger tasting menu. I had sparkling wine, which arrived quickly while my boyfriend's pea shooter cocktail (which was delicious) arrived after our second course was served. Each course was dropped off with curt explanations - no mention of techniques or method except for sous-vide once! We can't be the only ones that expected to see and hear about really cool stuff! The sous-vide beef tartare was gross, cod tasted frozen, and the lamb was very tough and sinewy. The gazpacho and dessert, however, were very tasty. Our server was mostly out of sight and we weren't offered more drinks until the last course and by then we had lost all interest."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "There are only 2 tasting menus. No a la carte eating unless you sit at the bar. However when eating a la carte you have to choose items from the tasting menu, which are very, very small. We made reservations and we're not aware of this. So when we asked to order a la carte we were told that we had to move to the bar. Food was good, no excellent, and again, overly expensive."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed great meal in beautiful restaurant with good service, but only for real foodies. Pretty pricey so only good for a splurge."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Were it not for a price of $155 per person--there is a $95 option for fewer dishes--plus $95 for a uniformly superb wine pairing, we expected almost perfection, and were a bit disappointed with a couple of the dishes. Overall, this was an exceptional adventure in the latest chemistry-style cooking. There were too many dishes to list them all and they're listed on their web site. I would only highlight that the Black Bass was possibly the best piece of fish I can recall eating, The service was gracious, helpful, well informed and non-intrusive. The decor, while minimal, is tasteful and non-distracting. Overall, a delightful experience that we would hope to repeat once they get settled in their new location, wherever that is, in the Fall."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "RIP. I will miss and love ye for years to come. No other place compares."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Upon hearing wd-50 will close this fall, we went back to our old neighborhood for one last look/see. The room is unremarkable, but food was as palate-expanding, fun, and delicious as we remembered from almost ten years ago. How many chefs could maintain such a track record over that amount of time, especially in NYC's hot-house environment? "Molecular gastronomy" has many imitators, but Dufresne is an American original - grab a reservation while you can!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It's almost inconceivable that Wylie's signature restaurant won't be here in 2015. Wylie lives up to the hype - our party of three (my wife, my 17-year-old son, and I) all had the extravagant 12-course (+ cookie dough ice cream!) tasting menu. Only one of the 12 dishes was less than a one-of-a-kind taste sensation (for some reason, the bloodless sausage left us unmoved...). The service, the plated presentations, the mind-blowing tastes/flavors - it was everything we had expected after a decade of living in the area but never venturing forth. The icing-on-the-cake is was when we were invited back to the kitchen to meet the chef. A more fantastic, memorable evening we could not have dreamed of."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "EVERYTHING WAS EXCELENT JUST THE NEIGHBORHOOD ISN'T A NICE ONE"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "You must try this place at least before it closes in November. Great food, served in unusual ways. Makes you consider how your food tastes before you eat it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our welcome was cool & aloof; no opened door, no "welcome to WD50" or warmness - almost unwelcoming! The sommelier had to look through the wine list to see if there were any nonChardonnay USA wines! Dietary requirements were well catered for with no dumbing down of alternatives. Some courses of the mega-degustation were brilliant; oyster, soup, fish in particular. Others were good, & the bloodless sausage was weird/unpleasant. The room was FREEZING, so much so that we were shivering. On numerous occasions we asked to have something done about it, but nothing was done and we shivered - hard to enjoy! The kitchen visit was special - THANKs. The service was a little rushed/constant. When we left they refused to flag us a cab! :-("
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "like maybe you become a jaded new yorker and think oh like all the AMAYMAY restaurants in the city are really just ok and expensive and then you go to WD50 and are reminded that there can be really good and really delicious food and the world becomes bright again and why you live in NY makes sense again. So yeah WD50 was pretty AMAYMAY."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had the 12 course tasting menu with matching wines. And although it was for a special occasion I wouldn't necessarily go back there. The food was amazing, but the dining experience left something to be desired. It was too fast and felt a little pushy when you should be able to take your time with the tasting plates. It just didn't give me the "WOW" factor for the price tag."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Even today, no one is serving food with more originality than WD-50. The menu is a tour de force. An edible oyster shell? A stripe of chicken liver mouse winding its way around the plate to encircle a bit of melon puree? A bold and gorgeous smear of bright red pomegranate covering the plate under a strip of apple tart? The service is friendly and professional but not overbearing. We went with seven people of different food sensibilities and all enjoyed it. WD-50 is an institution that will be missed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nice place but the ambitions of the kitchen was not followed through by the the service, personell and pre-mixed (!) drinks."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We did the 12 courses with wine pairing. Each course was a vision that blissfully lingers as you review the incredible tastes in your mind's eye. We were shocked to learn that he is closing in November and very glad that we had made this reservation before the announcement. My advice go now to have the experience. We hope to see him open in another spot so we can continue to enjoy a bit of food heaven."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "No questions about it, you have to do the full tasting menu with the wine pairings. The sommelier really knows what's good. Every dish that was presented in front of me was a piece of artwork. Wylie Dufresne does not hold back. Each dish was about two-three bites, but by the end of my meal, I was delightfully full (and tipsy!). Hurry and get your reservations in before they close their doors in the fall. I even got a chance to meet Wylie Dufresne and had him sign my tasting menu. The manager on duty gave us a quick tour of the kitchen. My best dining experience by far."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Amazing good food in different combinations that you never tasted before. WD-50 offers two menus, one big and one smaller (6 dishes) and wine-menues to complete the fantastic experience. Service was high and proffessional. Rather high prices, but it was worth every cent. We will return the next time we are visiting N.Y."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food, great for foodies. I didn't like that there is only two menu choices to pick from. Would had been nice to have sample plates. The staff was very attentive but kind of stale, they didn't make small talk or smile or laugh."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Top class meal, we have ate in many top restaurants in Europe and this was amongst the best. So sorry to hear that it is closing."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My third visit to WD50 and it did not disappoint. Perhaps a bit of the 'molecular' edge was missing, at least from our menu, but the execution and theory behind our 8 courses was excellent and well prepared. Especially loved the sunflower gazpacho! Great service, excellent wine list and a fun buzzy atmosphere (if a bit 90's decor) round out one of NYC best restaurants...still!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "my second visit here and it was just as wonderful. We had the 5-course tasting menu, a great showcase for the chef's talents, particularly with the matched wines that enhance the dishes and show the sommelier's palate. A great experience, not to be missed. Food is innovative, cooked and presented with care. A truly memorable meal. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "You'll feel like you're on a date with whoever is on either side of you. We were frequently interrupted by a couple on one side of us who couldn't help but overhear our conversation and wanted to chime in, which was very annoying and just the noise level in general, while being in such close proximity really takes away from what would otherwise have been a really cool and unique dining experience. For the price we paid, I really was expecting top notch ambience so I'm very disappointed in that regard. Not sure I would recommend or return myself, despite the quality of the food and wine. The cramped environment really brought my overall experience down several notches. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had the current tasting menu and very much enjoyed it. The timing of the courses were perfect and our servers were friendly and attentative. Overall the food was very good, not many serious wow moments, but enjoyed all 12 courses. Would go back for future tasting menus. Also got to tour the kitchen, which was awesome."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food at wd-50. Unfortunately I got a bad stomach a few hours later and was ill the next whole day. The food was still the best actually. Service was friendly but the dishes came in way to fast. Seriously, to enjoy a delicious 5-course michelin dinner, you need more than 90 minutes. Wine menu was very disappointing. Glasses were crazy small and the wine as not really that interesting and did no "magic" together with the food. Temperature in the restaurant was also way to cold. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had great expectations of wd-50 and were not disappointed. Imaginative courses, super wine selection, excellent service and a very good atmosphere. The menu is well proportioned and price wise, based on the quality we thought it was fair. One slight comment from us would have been the speed at which the meal is served and the check produced. Coming from Europe, a restaurant of this quality would probably have served over a slightly longer period and been slightly less sharp in producing the check.... which is something we prefer... but this is New York I guess."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The fish and meat courses were under season. The texture of the soup course (puree sun flower seed gazpacho) did not work for us. Service rushes towards the end of the meal. Just not worth the money compared with other tasting menus from other restaurants in the same price range."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Incredibly well thought out menu, beautify executed food, great dining experience "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service was impeccable. There were four of us and two wanted to do the large tasting and two the small, both unique in dishes and pairings - we never expected them to, but they allowed us to do the tastings of our choice. It was a huge delicious and artistic journey plus the sommelier was charming and informative and at the end, the Maitre'D gave us a tour of the kitchen Wonderful experience from start to finish."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "What can one say about such a well crafted menu! Expertly put together with such a well oiled team. An outstanding achievement with many memorable highlights! Can't wait for the cookbook. Cheers Wylie and team "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic and the food was definitely great but for the price I can't say that it was worth it. In fact after the savory dishes we thought we may have to go and get a slice of pizza because we were still hungry. Luckily by the end of dessert we were full. Overall, for $250 it wasn't amazing. I'm tired of the overpriced tasting only menu's in NYC. I hope this trend ends soon. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "First time, did the vault tasting menu and enjoyed all the dishes. We ended up being late for our reservation, but they still seated us after the 20 minute window. My sister-in-law had an aversion to the gazpacho, but the staff was so quick to accommodate to her and provide a different dish. Please note, the smaller tasting menu isn't going to blow your mind with the technique used, but the food itself was spot on. The courses on the 6 course menu are old favorites, but will definitely be back for the 12 course menu soon."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I was a big fan of the old wd-50 so I was excited to go to the new one. Sadly, the food was not as innovative, the ambience was different and I dare say that there were even dishes that were flat out bad, the tastes did not come together. We took the full tasting menu, in retrospect, we should have gotten the other menu called from the vault, with the old "classics"."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Surprised to walk into this unassuming spot and see diner-esque booths and decor. It felt very warm and cozy, creating a very welcoming environment to explore the exceptional offerings from the kitchen. The staff was knowledgeable and amiable and made our dining experience fun and effortless. The food and service were everything we were expecting and we left fully satisfied with happy bellies. I would happily eat the hangar steak tartare with every meal for the rest of my life and be totally okay with it :)"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Chef Wylie Dufresne was one of the first to embrace the "molecular gastronomy" possibilities, and it was fun to experience his remakings of food. From an oyster whose beautiful "shell" is edible to grits made out of shrimp, every course showed his rare creativity. And it all tasted superb. The atmosphere is very comfortable, in slight contrast to the more stiff formality of Atera, whose food is similarly creative. About the only distraction is the rather dodgy neighborhood. In Midtown he'd be full every night."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Beyond the exterior (graphiti etc) is something a bit special. We had the larger tasting menu and overall the food was excellent with only one or two bits where the attempt to challenge the norms possibly resulted in flavours which clashed a bit. The wines were good to great with only one which certainly went with the course but really was not too pleasant! By our standards not a cheap meal but expertly presented with lots of thought put into it and we were superbly looked after all night by staff who knew not just what they were serving but also how it had been cooked"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very unique tasting menu! Wonderful culinary experience!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food in general was good. I came expecting very experimental food, and it was not living entirely up to my expectations. Most dishes were delicious, but there were some misses. There were quite a lot of noise so I had a hard time hearing what the rest of my party of 4 were saying. The air condition were sending out very cold air so we were freezing. These two things made it hard to enjoy the experience as much as I would have liked. The staff was friendly and professional. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Staff was extremely knowledgable of cooking technics and could talk about the potential wine pairings as well. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Very good food, well worth the money! And the wine pairing for each dish was one of the better I have tasted. With wines from greece and canari island, sake and many more... excellent!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014