Best Splurge Restaurant: wd-50 (Readers’ Choice)


It’s no revelation that more high-priced restaurants are opening on the Lower East Side every year. Even diners with deep pockets were taken aback a few months ago when a tiny new sushi restaurant on Clinton Street, New York Sushi Ko, began offering a $200 omakase (chef’s choice) menu. But according to our readers, the best splurge around is still wd~50, the 10-year-old temple of molecular gastronomy helmed by Wylie Dufresne. Partaking in the 12-course tasting menu from one of New York’s most influential chefs will cost you $155 (the wine pairing is an additional $95).

If you’re into more affordable indulgences, there is a less expensive way to experience Dufresne’s mastery: sit at the bar and partake of any two dishes for $25, with additional dishes offered at $15 each.

50 Clinton St.

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