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Solo dining at WD-50 bar

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LeoLioness May 8, 2012 10:32 AM

I'll have a Friday night in NYC to myself in early June. What are the chances of getting seated at the bar if I go right at 6pm? I'm fine with eating/drinking alone, but really dislike standing around a bar waiting for a seat alone. I've been wanting to eat here for ages and this is the only chance I'll have this go around.

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    H Manning May 8, 2012 10:37 AM

    You should be able to get a seat at the bar at 6:00 pm without any problem. I think that there are menu changes in the works so check the website for updates.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/din...

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      LeoLioness May 8, 2012 10:41 AM

      Thanks! I had read about the change in menu but now am concerned that just "a few" dishes will be a la cart at the bar (I'm open to, but would ultimately prefer to not do a tasting). I'll check back after they update the site.

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        Sneakeater May 8, 2012 10:47 AM

        As I understand it, the tasting menus are not available at the bar.

        Bar diners can order any three dishes off the the two tasting menus for some set fee I can't remember (but didn't seem a lot). They can then order additional dishes for some other (reasonable-seeming) supplement. As I understand it, at least.

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          kathryn May 8, 2012 11:58 AM

          "If you're eating at the bar, you can get any two items off either menu for $25, with the option to try any other dishes you want for $15 each."

          http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/05...

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            Sneakeater May 8, 2012 12:04 PM

            That's kind of a great deal, right?

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              LeoLioness May 8, 2012 12:24 PM

              Thank you, Kathryn. That is a pretty great deal.

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      jester99 May 9, 2012 08:09 AM

      I dined at WD in Ocotobr Solo and did the tasting menu. I did it around the same time you wanted, about 6pm and it was fine. However as kathryn says, you can do the al carte deal but I think you should be able to do the tasting at the bar as well. I would call and check, they are friendly and pretty accomidating.

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        Sneakeater May 9, 2012 11:40 AM

        Note that as of today or tomorrow they are changing their entire format, so what happened in October may no longer apply.

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          Wilfrid May 9, 2012 11:58 AM

          While this may not be WD-50's intention, the new pricing means that you can order every dish on the tasting menu a la carte for $190 (in non-tasting portions)? They might as well offer it at the bar, therefore.

          Reminds me of when Tailor refused to substitute a dish on their tasting menu for me, so I ordered the tasting - with substitution - a la carte, for about the same money.

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