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Aug 20, 2009 10:50 AM

How flexible is WD-50?

I want to check it out but will be with a fairly hard-core veggie. Do they allow substitutions of the tasting menu? Any chance we could share a tasting menu and add a few a la carte dishes? The website only has a number for reservations . . . .

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  1. I'm guessing they probably wouldn't allow substitutions for the tasting menu, but the reservation line would be a fine place to start.

    1. Most if all restaurants require participation of the entire table for a tasting menu. That means 2 orders, not one for the table. I'm also not sure how vegetarian friendly that place is. Have you looked at menu?

      Edit - From the website... Are there vegetarian dishes?
      There is an appetizer and an entree offered each evening.

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      1. re: ESNY

        True, should've said that too. WD~50 does indeed require the whole table to participate in the tasting menu.

        1. re: sis2catbat

          Technically, it would be the whole table participating since it's just the two of us. Splitting hairs I know! There are a couple veggie dishes but not nearly as exciting as other dishes on offer (as is sadly true of most restaurants, even dedicated, high-end eateries :P ) and I'm pretty sure fish would be okay with my sis. It's really just the lamb that would be an issue.
          Have any of you actually dined there?

          1. re: digthevine

            Sorry, no, but I've been doing my homework on the place - just made my reservation today (coincidentally enough) and am v. jazzed to go.

            Not t rain on your parade, but I'm sure they don't consider two people splitting the tasting menu as the "entire table" participating. You're not required to partake in the tasting menu, though.

            1. re: sis2catbat

              I know I want my cake (not to mention the salmon bagel!) and to eat it too. I already have committed to 10-courses at Degustation and just am not sure I can convince the sis of another full tasting menu. Guess I'll give the reservations chick a try and see if they can do me a favor. Never hurts to ask!
              I'll say that Bazaar was more than accommodating on a recent trip, adjusting tasting menus, including off-the-menu dishes, even bringing extra courses on the fly when we really liked something and the two bites were just not enough! More places should be so user-friendly.
              I look forward to your report then, as I won't be in town until Labor day.

              1. re: digthevine

                Looks like I will look forward to your report first! We'll be in town approx. a week after you. I really hemmed and hawed about Degustation but ultimately made reservations elsewhere.

                Have a great time! I look forward to reading about your dining experiences.

            2. re: digthevine

              I have eaten there thats why i mentioned looking at the menu because I didn't recall even seeing a dish that didn't have meat in it. If fish is ok, she may have a better chance than being a true vegetarian.

              I didn't have the tasting menus. highlights included the corned duck, popcorn soup and lamb with lamb bacon in a pretzel soup. Not sure which, if any, are still on the menu

        2. I actually had a dinner at wd-50 a couple years ago where they did an entirely vegetarian tasting menu for one of us and the regular tasting menu for everyone else. It was amazing.

          1. Is this a serious question? The person who answers the phone to take reservations will be able to connect you to someone who can answer your questions better than any person on the board can.

            I don't mean to be hostile but a little common sense goes a long way.

            3 Replies
            1. re: brooklyndude

              I think it's understood that calling is always an option -- no need to repeat the obvious. The OP wanted thoughts and experiences from other Hounds. As it turns out, the response right above you by rgolightly answers the OP's request perfectly.

              1. re: a_and_w

                My response was meant to point out that the person who takes reservations can answer these questions. The OP said "website only has the number for reservations" and I responded to that statement.

            2. Quick answer: Very, very flexible. I have eaten there with vegetarians and I have ordered wheat free tasting menus. Both were fantastic and the staff was extremely gracious about the special diets. I think they're one of the most accommodating places in NYC, actually.

              You could certainly do the tasting menu with additional dishes... but you'll be pretty darn stuffed.