It’s been three years since chef Wylie Dufresne closed Wd-50, his acclaimed Clinton Street restaurant. While the world waits for his next big project, it seems like Dufresne is keeping a higher profile in Lower Manhattan of late.
Coming up tomorrow (Friday), he’s opening a pop-up spot at the Chefs Club Counter (62 Spring St.) It’s a version of his new small-scale venture, Du’s Donut’s & Coffee, which has been operating from the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. To celebrate the opening, Dufresne will be giving away mini donuts and coffee milk to the first 200 customers. The pop-up opens at 8 a.m.
On a daily basis, you can expect a rotating selection of Du’s Donuts, double berry ice cream sandwiches, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and scrambled egg grilled cheese sandwiches. More grab-and-go items will be added later on. The pop-up will remain open in Soho throughout the fall.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we spotted Dufresne on opening day at BYGGYZ, his dad’s new sandwich shop at 37 Clinton St. The savory sandwiches are Dewey Dufresne’s creations. But Wylie is supplying BYGGYZ with ice cream sandwiches made with Du’s donuts and marmalade-flavored ice cream. He also been running a Wd-50 pop-up at the Seaport.
The groundbreaking chef announced today that his days are numbered on Clinton Street.
Here’s an entertaining segment from Jimmy Fallon last night — Lower East Side chef Wylie Dufresne of wd-50 “makes noodles out of shrimp.”
Orchard Street's original Roasting Plant.
A roundup of the neighborhood food news this week:
- The Hester Street Fair is on hiatus this weekend due to the Sukkot holiday, but it returns Oct. 22 with the Grub Street Food Festival, which promises great vendors and more room than last year. (GrubStreet)
- A detailed look at the city’s small-scale coffee shops, starring the LES’s Roasting Plant and Cafe Grumpy. (NYT)
- Starbucks is moving into the pressed-juice business, and snatched up the long-time manager of East Village pioneer Liquiteria to make it happen. (NYPost)
- Wylie Dufresne of wd~50 gives a talk about “the new horizons in foodie culture and comics culture and where they often (and appetizingly) interconnect.” (NY ComicCon).
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In post-weekend food news around the neighborhood:
Imperial Tavern: still closed.
In Lower East Side food news:
- Fork in the Road notes that Imperial Tavern has not reopened, in spite of a sign in the window suggesting the new Ludlow Street party spot would resume operations February 14th.
- Bowery Boogie reports Stellina, the bakery/gelato emporium next to Sorella, will be opening soon.
- Serious Eats proclaims “Tasty Dumplings” on Mulberry Street the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown.
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The ongoing transformation taking place at the former home of Guss' Pickles.
We’re looking for a frenzied four days of campaigning leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. The Rosh Hashanah holiday and tomorrow’s anniversary of 9-11 have combined to condense the final phase of the political calendar.
Community Board 3 tackles SPURA again tonight. The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the largest plot of undeveloped land in Manhattan below 96th Street remains a big parking lot after 40 years of squabbling. CB3's Economic Planning & Zoning Committee is in the early stages of coming up with a new plan. You can see meeting details here.
The Henry Street Settlement is reveiving federal stimulus money to support its summer jobs program. The Summer Youth Employment Program will offer hundreds of jobs in retail, law offices, health care and many other fields. More information here.
Curbed asks: why is there still a hole in the ground where Gertel's used to be on Hester Street?
WD50's Wylie Dufresne on Nightline: those don't look like the eggs benedict I make! Okay, I don't make eggs benedict at all.
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Wylie Dufresne brought fine dining to Clinton Street in the 90’s. Now at WD-50, he continues to innovate, creating some of Manhattan’s most outlandish and surprising dishes. For full effect, choose the 12-course tasting menu for $140.
50 Clinton Street, near Rivington
Hours: Wed-Sat, 6pm-11pm; Sun, 6pm-10pm