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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.
  • 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 seven 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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Diner Reviews
  • "The 13 course food was amazing. By the time I had the 6th course I was full. Love the desserts and duck breast. Also the attention to details on the presentation on the plate. The only comment was the tables are too near to one another. Other than that, it was a good experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Always a fun and interesting meal. Every dish is surprising and thought provoking. Interesting flavor combinations assembled in new ways. Pastry is great!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "You go here because you want to eat the things they dream up and no matter how much hype this place receives they somehow stay humble. Not the place you bring someone looking for traditional anything, so leave your non foodie friends home. I get here about once or twice a year & never regret it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went to WD-50 after seeing the recommendation in 'Where Chef's Eat'. Unfortunately we went after we had eaten at Ko a few weeks earlier and it pales in comparison. It was clear what they were trying to do with the various combinations of flavours and textures etc but it did not quite work. The result was still often a plate full of separate flavours that did not enhance each other. An exception was a chestnut soup which was very good."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Eclectic and different tasting menu. I enjoyed the majority of the various dishes. Quite pricey as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was eager to visit this restaurant when it first opened a decade ago, but I moved out of NYC shortly thereafter. Finally I ate there about three years ago. I was not impressed -- but later I somehow forgot that I had eaten there. So a month ago, remembering that I had always wanted to eat there and not remembering that I already had, I made another reservation. As soon as I walked in the door last week, it all came back to me. The service was acceptable... but the atmosphere was claustrophobic; the decor was distracted and incoherent; and the food was hit-and-miss. (We had the 12-course tasting menu.) At these prices, that's just not good enough. I forgot my experience before; I hope I don't forget again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fantastic experience and great, unique food creations. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went with the longer tasting menu, which was 12 courses, and while each was divine, I found myself getting a little antsy around the 9th course, which is right around when our courses started taking longer and longer to arrive. That being said, each course had its own unexpected and delicious combination of flavors and textures, the portion sizes were small and perfect. (I've had tasting menus where the portion sizes made you feel stuffed after 3-4 courses.) The presentation, the innovative forms the food took (fig tobacco--dark and rich and truly tobacco-y), and the flavors that they brought together on the plate were all incredible. Highly recommend this dining experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Interesting but I wouldn't go back. Nothing special and portions too small."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had the "From the Vault" menu and it was fantastic. It had these elements of molecular cuisine that WD-50 is known for without overdoing it on this side. The waitstaff was very attentive and the wine selection is also fantastic. The only downside was that the courses came one right after the other. At one point, we had to ask for a bit more time between the next courses because when I have such good food, I really like not to rush through the food. There was no problem at all for the kitchen to slow down the pace, so don't be afraid to ask for it. The tables are a bit too close to each other for a romantic dinner, but then again, this place is not about candlelights but about modern and fantastic food. Really deserves the Michelin star."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "...tables were too close for my taste. I don't enjoy someone's face in my food. Other than that good food and excellent service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very interesting experience with fantastic service. Tasting meny at it's best, one of the highlights of our trip to New York."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Came here upon finding it in a search of the top molecular gastronomy restaurants in the US. All staff were all friendly and helpful. The dishes are always there to keep you wondering. As it is a tasting menu, all portions are enough for such and never too much. More importantly, dishes may be substituted for dietary restrictions. Personally for my taste, a wider selection on the wine list would have been appreciated. The wines by the glass were also somewhat limited."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Not your average dining experience of course as we all know it is molecular gastronomy afterall but plating was definitely spectacular and as well the food of how it is transformed into something unlike your everyday food (: also the kitchen is wide open and you can clearly see the inside and get a tour of it which was a nice addition to every customers end of meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Overall, dinner at WD-50 was good, but not great. My husband and I had the 13 course tasting menu and three drinks each. With tax and a 20% tip, the total was $536. For that price tag, I expect to be blown away and I just wasn't. There were some definite hits (shrimp "grits"-shrimp ground into the consistency of grits with a corn powder), but some misses as well. There was a lot going on in each dish and often there were too many ingredients that just didn't work. With that said, the service was exceptional and the whole experience was a positive one. It simply wasn't great enough to warrant that kind of price tag. I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is definitely not worth the price. With only two tasting menus that must be selected by the whole table, this place is way too rigid. We left both hungry and thirsty after the 5 course meal with wine flight. The quality of the individual courses was only fair. We are definitely not going back. There were few other diners on a Thursday night."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Prepare to have your tastebuds tickled, your senses dazzled and your brain stimulated. Your are not just getting modernist cuisine, you are getting entertained! Love it!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "SO GOOD. At times, dishes made me teary. If you're considering eating here: Stop considering and make a reservation. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Long story short: Worth every penny. Its a wild thrill ride of insane awesomeness. Get the new stuff. Ask questions. Eat everything on the plate."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was good, but not great. Not worth the money. Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "12 course tasting with wine pairing. The wines were not all great; the food was good, some great, but largely hit and miss. Glad to go but won't go again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing as promised but at that price it should have been amazing. The portions were so small we were joking about heading to Katz's deli afterward. I suspect many people joke about that. But it was a great restaurant for our family celebration. The service was good but i couldn't help feeling we were being rushed or being pushed to order another bottle of wine. Our check came to over $600 so I think we deserved to take our time, considering we arrived at 6:30 and the place was not filled."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "An absolutely fantastic meal. Went there on a Thursday night in early March. Arrived a bit late because of subway delays, but were assured that was no problem. Wonderful cocktails and excellent service; we quickly left the world behind us. And the food! Every bite was a masterpiece. Incredibly creative, which would surprise no one, but what really blew us away was the taste."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "One of the best meals ever in NYC, in terms of both quality, creativity, taste, and service. Simply outstanding all around."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Really creative food with amazing technique. Amazing!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "While everything is beautifully presented, the flavors somehow didn't quite measure up to expectations, or to the price point! The cocktails were the highlight of the evening."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Unfortunately, our experience at wd~50 was not what we thought it would be. The service for our 9:30 table was rushed. The food food was certainly not at par with restaurants in the same category and the wine pairings did not succeed. This was a very disappointing one-star Michelin experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had a relaxed, enjoyable and entertaining experience with an evening spent demolishing wd-50's tasting menu. The food was good (and perfectly cooked), and the wine pairings both generous and spot-on. There's just one problem: I can't remember a single dish. Perhaps it's just the inflated expectations that come with a renowned restaurant — and perhaps I ought to have ordered the "greatest hits" version of the tasting menu instead — but unless you've got more money than you'll ever need, it's difficult to justify $200+ per head for an experience that's just... good. I'd go again if in the set for life department (and goodness knows there are plenty of those people in New York), but otherwise, my first time at wd-50 was probably my last."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I have always wanted to try this place while visiting NYC, and was able to this time around. It was an amazing experience and food tasting ride to go on."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We booked WD-50 for a special birthday dinner of our son who is a real foodie. We found the booth rather dark and had difficulty hearing our waiter at all times. The tasting menus was beautifully presented but this is the first tasting menu we have ever had where one of the courses was actually unpleasant. The flavours did is not suit all our palates but most of the course were good or delicious. The matching wines were a surprise ( never had Greek wine with a tasting menu before) and mostly delicious. Particularly the black currant cider! For their price it was an overall disappointment ."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Let's start by saying this is a very expensive evening...now that that's out of the way...GO! GO! GO! They have a 12 course tasting and a 5 course tasting of past favs...that's it!!! I consider myself very adventurous and I ate three things I have never had before. The wait staff is great...ask them questions! You WILL have questions and they are very willing and ready to answer. We did the 12 course, my wife was very tentative about the selections and the amount of food...but she tried everything and finished most plates. The amounts are balanced nicely so you will be satisfied and not stuffed afterward. And the best thing is we were there for 2.5 hours and we were never rushed..."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Service is impeccable. Great wine list, with affordable prices. Special attention to the food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had the tasting menu the night after Valentine's day and was looking forward to wd50, and unfortunately it was a real let down. When I first arrived, we were asked--as is typical anywhere--to wait a few minutes while our table is set. We order drinks from the bar. I order a root cocktail which is supposed to be inspired after root beer. It was bitter and just didn't taste good. Then on to dinner. With the exception of the desserts the food just wasn't that good. It was either just Ok (in which case it isn't worth $400 for a dinner for two) or kind of bad. The amniance wasn't anything special. There wasn't anything wrong with the service, but again, nothing special. It is just a really expensive restaurant with bad food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Wylie Dufresne was in the kitchen the night of our reservation, making this a truly memorable experience. The ingredients are the highest quality, and the presentation of each dish is exquisite art on a plate. We ordered the long tasting menu, and WD-50 had no trouble accommodating our vegetarian diet. They amazed us with each course. The service was spectacular. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Well-choreographed staff made empty dishes disappear, new settings appear, and glasses replenish seamlessly. Quite simply, this was the best dining experience my husband and I have ever had."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I'm pretty sure I'm not in your preferred clientele. But i don't like servers who address me as "you guys." Not if I'm paying more than $40 for dinner. Also the fois gras with anchovies is a big mistake. Other menu items are good."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I had been to this restaurant a few years back and it was amazing. Just as I remembered. The food was delicious and the service was very pleasant. I would reccomend anyone who has the opportunity to go and experience the deliciously delicate and tasteful plates please do so. It is just amazing!!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I have wanted to visit WD-50 for years and it was everything I hoped for. Did the 5 course with wine pairing. Went with 2 non-foodie friends, the whole idea was new to them, but they loved it. The restaurant was happy to prepare a vegetarian meal ( I called ahead). Every bite was memorable."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have been before but not for a while, and wanted an exceptional experience for a birthday dinner. WD-50 does not disappoint with it's immensely creative offerings. We were very impressed with a couple of courses while others did not have the same "Oomph " that we recall from past. Possibly we are less impressionable these days. WD himself has been present on every occasion which is notable. The one off putting event...we were seated in the rear by kitchen, and the service station. The busboys would loudly crash the dishes into whatever bin was back there which we found intrusive and surprising in a restaurant of this quality. Not sure what was going on but happened around three times enough to stop conversation."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food was not particularly filling, but tasted amazing. Very pricy."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Saved up to book two twelve course meals. I'm a chef in NYC and I have never dined like this in my life. Every dish was amazing! Timed perfectly and portioned perfectly. I don't drink....I'm in reovery and I was high from all the different food items. It was euphoric at times....this was a first date as well. And the atmosphere was murmured and romantic. SOOOO MUCH $ tho. If you are in the industry and are curious about food or even just the latter...splurge this one time. Or get the less costly menu. Go do it!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014