To commemorate 11 years on Clinton Street and the closing in November, we invited TIME.COM to document the final days of service.  Check out the video here.

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wd~50 opened at 50 Clinton Street, between Rivington and Stanton, on Manhattan's Lower East Side on April 9th, 2003. The 65 seat restaurant occupies a former bodega and has a full bar. Dinner is served five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday,from 6pm to 10pm. The restaurant also offers private dining in its wine cellar for up to fourteen people.

The chef, Wylie Dufresne, opened a second restaurant, ALDER in 2013.


wd~50 now offers two tasting menus; a twelve course tasting menu for $155, and From the Vault, a five course tasting menu for $90 comprised of the restaurants classic dishes from past menus.

Both tasting menus are available at the bar.

The menus at wd~50 utilize elements and techniques from a wide array of cuisines. The restaurant has garnered praise for its inspired culinary combinations, cutting edge culinary techniques, and innovative use of ingredients. The restaurant was designed by Dewey Dufresne and Louis Mueller. Frank Bruni of the New York Times awarded wd~50 three stars in March of 2008. In 2006, in the Michelin Guide's inaugural American edition, wd~50 received one star, which it has retained each year since.

The pastry chef, Malcolm Livingston II, previously worked at Le Cirque and Per Se. He was then hired as pastry sous chef at wd~50 in May of 2009, becoming pastry chef in January of 2011.

In 2013 Wylie Dufresne was honored with the 2013 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef New York City. He had been previously nominated for the same award six times.