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Wd-50

Asian
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 50 Clinton Street, New York Directions
+12124772900
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic, Traditional
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $50-$75
  • Cuisine
    American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic, Traditional
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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From Our Editors

The Three Faces of wd~50

Chef Wylie Dufresne

In 2013, wd~50's owner and executive chef, Wylie Dufresne, finally won the James Beard Foundation's award for Best Chef: New York City. It was his sixth nomination. Since opening wd~50 in 2003, these prestigious nominations have become the norm for Chef Dufresne—though his cuisine is anything but typical. He approaches cooking from an avant garde angle, prompting the New York Times to describe him as "a skilled chef with more than a dash of mad scientist in him." This innovation has helped turn him into a bit of a culinary celebrity; he even appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he transformed puréed shrimp into gourmet ramen noodles.

Molecular Gastronomy

The "mad scientist" portion of Chef Dufresne's résumé stems from his use of molecular gastronomy. This unconventional culinary approach relies on physics and chemistry to completely alter the tastes and textures of food, transforming ingredients into something completely different. Because of the complex techniques used to prepare the food, the restaurant's servers typically offer a detailed description of each dish they deliver, including its conception, preparation, and proper method of consumption.

Prix Fixe Menu

Food preparation at wd~50 may not be simple, but ordering it is. That's because, rather than an à la carte menu, the restaurant only offers a 5- or 12-course prix fixe meal. This allows Chef Dufresne the freedom to orchestrate a dining experience from start to finish, one that introduces diners to exotic ingredients and exciting preparations that they might not have tried otherwise.

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