Birthday + Kitchen Tour + Meeting Wylie + Having dinner with my boyfriend at WD50 = amazing night. The bf was kind enough to make reservations well in advance (you can supposedly only make reservations 30 days in advance, by the way). By the time he called, the only time slots available were 6pm and 10pm, so we decided to go with the 6pm and grab drinks afterwards.
I did not expect WD50 to be on the LES in the midst of dive bars and a hookah place. The two of us were also extremely over dressed, but hey, it was my birthday. We were promptly seated after we arrived and we scanned the menu. The bf got the seat facing the kitchen & for the first few minutes we tried to get a glimpse of Wylie.
Then we ordered (all at once because the entrees take a while to make – according to the waitress):
Food: Broccoli & Chedder Soup, Crab Roll, Wagyu Steak, Lamb Skirt Steak, and Coconut Ice cream dish.
Drinks: pH, Celery Tonic (don’t recall the actual name), Damson in Distress
We started out with the sesame crackers – they make a mess! They’re good to munch on though while you’re waiting for your food.
Broccoli Soup – it was pretty good. It was slightly cold which I wasn’t a fan of, but I was also glad it wasn’t super hot. The chedder cheese crisp was amazing! It had a great crispy texture and the cheese still melted in your mouth. The pickled onions were a great addition to the soup – I never thought they’d go together.
Crab Roll – eh. The crab roll tasted like something you’d get at a good Chinese restaurant. The flavors weren’t there. You couldn’t taste the crab either.
Wagyu Steak – holy wow. I’m not a big steak eater and try to avoid it most of the time, but how can you not get steak when you’re at WD50? So I had the bf order it, haha. It was so tender and juicy. Cooked medium rare to perfection. It just melted in your mouth. The bf’s friend took him to Ruth’s Chris for steaks before – Wylie vs Ruth Chris – we can all guess the winner.
Lamb skirt steak – it was really good as well. Again, good to perfection and it also melted in your mouth. It could’ve used a bit more flavor. I think the best part of this dish was the pickled onions that came with it. It changed the flavors completely and made it so so much better.
The ice cream dish were great too. Just rich and delicious. We also had a special surprise of having an edible cocunt cake for my birthday. I had to blow out the candle quickly otherwise the methol-tasting thing would have melted. It had a great cooling effect on the mouth though.
The drinks – pH and the celery one were both good. The Damson in Distress was way too strong. I couldn’t even drink it.
Ask for the kitchen tour – Wylie is super down to earth and will take out the time to say hello. The kitchen is pretty impressive too.
Next time I’m definitely trying the tasting menu! The money is worth it!