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Mas, Babbo, Craft, WD-50: 4 restaurants, 2 nights

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kimwaggs Nov 4, 2011 11:36 AM

We are planning a trip to NYC in December and are trying to finalize our food plans. My husband and I have narrowed it down to these 4 options for dinner, but we only have 2 nights. If you had to choose, which 2 would you suggest? Money isn't really an issue, since we're only going for a few nights.

Thanks!

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

  1. Cheeryvisage Nov 4, 2011 11:52 AM

    Where are you from? If you don't have molecular gastronomy food easily accessible where you live, I think it's worth it to visit wd~50, because it's just so different, you know?

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      kathryn Nov 4, 2011 12:17 PM

      I'm going to Mas for the first time this weekend, but have been to the other three. A lot depends upon the style of food you like, how adventurous you are, if you're a big dessert person, and what your pet peeves are when dining (no sides automatically included at Craft, loudness/rock music at Babbo, close together tables at WD-50).

      Given that you have Craft on your list already, Mas and Craft may be too similarly focused on farm-to-table cuisine. However, Craft's dishes are not composed -- they don't come really with any garnishes or side. Some people love that style, others hate it, it really depends on your personal preferences. I happen to love Craft; however, some friends went recently and said while the savories were great, the desserts were only OK (meanwhile I think the desserts are great at WD-50 and Babbo).

      As for Babbo, I'm sure you're aware it can be difficult to reserve. Make sure you call at 10am exactly one month in advance to the numerical day. That is, call on November 5th to reserve for December 5th, etc. The other three are not nearly as annoying to book. I love Babbo, but that is a turn off for a lot of people. So is the first floor's loudness (the second floor is quieter). The food is good but can have some more challenging ingredients like lamb's tongue, beef cheek, brains, sweetbreads, etc. How adventurous are you? Also it depends if you like a rock'n'roll soundtrack while dining. Some people hate it.

      I think WD-50 is very interesting but how into molecular gastronomy are you? The portions, while not skimpy, also aren't huge, and it can get pricey. I think that the banquette tables for two are far too close together for comfort, as well (I basically overheard the table next to us the entire time). But if there's no MG at home, it could be interesting to try it while in NYC; however, the flavor combinations Chef Dufresne chooses sometimes can be very polarizing.

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      WD-50
      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Craft
      43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

      Mas (Farmhouse)
      39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

      1. sgordon Nov 4, 2011 01:06 PM

        My top choices for an out-of-towner, of those, would be WD & Babbo. That's IF you can get a rez at Babbo, of course. If not, WD and one of the others - but, as pointed out above, Mas & Craft could be too similar to do both.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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          nmprisons Nov 4, 2011 01:48 PM

          I would do WD-50 and Craft, though Babbo is a strong choice if you don't mind loud and are into Italian food.

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          WD-50
          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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