wd-50
wd-50

wd-50

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wd-50.com/
  • Phone: 2124772900x
  • 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: 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.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
wd-50 reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)special occasion (116)notable wine list (72)hot spot (47)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (32)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • No good service poor level food!
    Hisabon
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We should wait almost 1 hour at poor space. We don't know reason because of they have empty table. Almost we cancel our reservation they bring to long bench chair. If food are excellent it's okay but NOT GOOD!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Hungry
    HungryPatron
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First, I enjoyed the food; it was good and interesting. The presentation was great. I had the 12 course tasting menu. I was worried that it would be too much food for me and I actually left still hungry. I am not a big eater, I weigh 145 pounds, so for me to still be hungry after dinner is unheard of. At the price point of WD50 - no one should leave hungry. I basically paid over $400 for my wife and I, and went home to raid my refrigerator. The quality and creativity did not compensate for the price and portion, sorry. Unfortunately, I cannot in good faith recommend this place to anyone who wants a satisfying meal. If you want to see some beautiful food that taste good and you have some expendable income – this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth it for the price
    MardonVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good, creative dinner (great for foodies) but limited options: two tasting menus only/no a la carte option; excellent service; limited ambiance; totally overpriced!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a kind experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The most amazing meal. It was so fun trying all the chef's creations. This was truly a meal to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wylie is a genius
    bearloyer
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had the 12 course tasting menu and loved the experience. The food was out of this world. Pure genius. The staff and service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dynamite Dishes
    SS85
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Phenomenal and innovative food! wd-50 is a don't - miss experience-- especially before the restaurant shutters its doors forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raven
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was truly the highlight of the meal. Fortune is a professional and a real gem. He made our wd-50 experience incredible. The food was all delicious but none of us were as wowed as we expected to be with insane crazy creativity. That said, there wasn't one course we didn't absolutely enjoy. The wine pairings are a must if doing the tasting. Hope you have Fortune to talk you through them. Don't miss out on the entire experience. Lucky to have had an opportunity to dine at such a nyc standard before it goes away. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the hype!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've been wanting to go to WD-50 forEVER. Although I was underwhelmed by the venue/ambiance, the food did not disappoint. We didn't have enough time to do the 12 course meal but the 5 course was awesome. each dish was very original, beautifully presented, and delicious. Hope we'll be able to return for the 12 course!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    SwissFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for the big tasting menu. Every course was a culinary experience, ranging from very good to outstanding. The knowledgeable staff gives good explanations about the creative and sometimes unusual combinations of ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time last time
    Mysay
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As a knowledgable and seasoned diner, this place was a great disappointment. Culinary training and talent is apparent, however the use of low cost food items in highly insulting for what is being charged here. In other words - What this meal cost was blatantly inflated. The cost of what was served was minuscule in comparison.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too edgy for our taste
    Difoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ubfortunately, the experience did not go as good as it could've been since the beginning. The host was kind of rude and our waitress was dismissive. The food some was great but some was bad. At least we ended the meal with the lamb pancetta and the hazelnut tart which takes off the bitterness out of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the money
    Spizaklw
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had the full tasting with wine pairing and it was delicious. Need a room nearby with the wine pairing because they are not shy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squishy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I came here to celebrate my birthday with one of my best friends and it was a wonderful experience. We opted for the 12 course tasting menu. The pace of the dinner was perfectly timed unlike some tasting menus I have been to that have lasted for 5 hours. The servers were attentive and polite. Portion was enough to taste each dish and left us satisfied without feeling too full. The food was creative and absolutely delicious. I would like to note that my friend's food "kryptonite" is corn, as she absolutely hates it. However, one of her FAVORITE dishes of the night was the "Shrimp and Grits" which was made mostly with corn. I believe the ability to change one's opinion of a certain food is a stamp of a top quality restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    TheDeale
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a long-anticipated event for us and it didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pls visit before they close
    Tester
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, it is worth a visit. Small items, but after twelve of them with corresponding wine you will be happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect anniversary dinner
    heavyhokie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at WD-50 and had a wonderful meal. Out pre-dinner cocktails were excellent. We had the "From The Vault" tasting. Had the most perfectly cooked scallop I've ever had. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. We'll be sad to see it go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was dissappointed. Left hungry.
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I wanted to love this place. It had been on my list of places I wanted to try for a few years. Our table ordered the 6 course tasting menu. It was the less expensive of the two options for dinner, but regardless, 6 courses at $15 each should not leave diners hungry at the end of a meal. I understand the hard work and preparation that went into them, but I wanted to be blown away by the food. I had eaten at Arzak in Spain, and I held WD-50 to a similar standard. Unfortunately it fell flat. The food combination of the pine with the scallops didn't work for anyone at the table. Scallops do not belong in the forrest. The lamb belly was a nice dish, but portions shoud have been a little bigger all around.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    fotofemme
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    13 very small tastes but only about 4 outstanding. Servers failed to bring sesame chips that everyone else had with their drinks before the 1st course was served. When we asked the girl who took our order she was a bit snippy. Bus boys were polite in asking were finished but not so the female order taker who took a dessert plate that was not finished. The hostess took a wine glass that still had a few sips in it. Good things were shrimp and grits, hamachi with blood sausage, pork collar and duck breast. Noise level way too high and loud music added to the difficulty in having conversation. Was glad to be out of there. Spend another $100 and go to 11 Madison where you will be delighted.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So disappointed!
    Violette
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The first time my boyfriend and I went to Wd-50 was 2 years ago and we just loved it. Food was absolutely delicious, service was perfect and we enjoyed the ambience. As we read that they would be closing in November, we booked a table there during a trip in NYC. What a change!!! Portions dramatically shrank (some dishes were just ridiculously small), quality is not as high as before, service got really snobbish (nearly rude at the bar) and still for big $$$. We left the place very disappointed and still hungry.
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  • disappointing and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had an odd experience at wd50 . There was nothing wrong with the food per se , but the whole experience completely ruined the meal for me. To begin with tables are far too close to each other , for a meal of this cost I do not want to be sitting on my neighbours lap . Second service was extremely slow and the wine tasting matching was terrible , tiny winy portions and wines that did not really go + portions were tiny
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AN experience
    lovenycfood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding service without being uptight. Everyone was on point at all times. The food was as interesting and you imagined, the blending of different tastes and flavors you never thought would go together. The cocktails were made to perfection. We were able to go into the kitchen after the meal with the manager to see where the magic happens. The kitchen was super organized and spotless! I mean how often do you get to have a quality meal like this and then actually go into the kitchen where it was created?! We also saw Wylie Dufresne outside as he was leaving and thanked him. He was so down to earth and happy to be doing what he is doing! EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious.
    Aheide
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a wonderful meal! Service staff was outstanding and knowledgable. I am glad we were able to dine here before they close later this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for special occasions!
    fancyfree
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Generally, I don't frequent places like WD~50. Not because I don't want to but because I don't have the funds. However, this was a splurge to treat my brother, a big foodie, for his birthday, as well as a celebration of his moving to NYC. WD~50 did not disappoint. We tried tho 'From the Vault' menu with the wine pairing. The food was excellent, especially the lamb's belly course and the dessert. The wines, for me, were particularly good and very well paired. Our server was also genuinely friendly and knowledgeable, always appearing at the right time with water, food, wine, and information. While it may be a few more years before I can return to a place like this, I had a wonderful time and recommend going before they close in November.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had heard WD-50 was amazing and a must-do before they close in November. I really enjoyed the variety of the tasting menu - we did the wine pairing which was a great choice. The chef also sent out a few extra dishes so we left quite satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good
    PiMiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    But portions were truly minimal, the more concentrate the taste, the smaller the morsel. Food as experience, not as feeding. Would go back occasionally (but it announced that it is shutting down)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie adventure
    josepho
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Every single dish is an adventure in flavor, texture, and appearance. The perfect place for foodies interested in something unusual and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    YumstersNYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had to get here before it closes and I am so glad that I did. The staff was wonderful, explaining each course of the tasting menu perfectly. Go for the wine pairing...it was well worth it as each wine actually enhanced to food. Could not have been any better from the moment we arrived till they took us on a quick tour of the kitchen when we finished!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but rushed
    Sunnysideup
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I was looking forward to trying out the food. Each plate that came out was interesting and playful. I wish I would have had more time to enjoy the food because I felt rushed to move onto the next plate. I do not think the servers were purposefully rushing us, but we're trying to keep the table clean. Next time I would like to really sit down and enjoy my meal with my significant other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Catered to allergies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Prior to our visit, we contacted WD~50 regarding food allergies. They responded positively within 24 hours. On the night of the dinner, instead of removing items from dishes, they replaced the entire dish with another menu item. I was extremely grateful and floored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wd-50
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing
    narcatravels
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
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  • Limited menu and overly expensive
    KermitgiVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal but only for foodies
    Clinton
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent gourmet dining
    DanAgudo
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • <3
    ValentinaMonte
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    RIP. I will miss and love ye for years to come. No other place compares.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Last Trip Down Clinton Street
    RivingtonRefugee
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One-of-a-kind dining experience...!
    KeninManhattan
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • GREAT PLACE
    TDVMAVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    EVERYTHING WAS EXCELENT JUST THE NEIGHBORHOOD ISN'T A NICE ONE
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    fit for foodies
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  • Foodies delight
    DreamOfChocolate
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bring a fur coat!
    AussieDiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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! :-(
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.