Last night, I became a victim of all the recent hype--write ups in Esquire, Time Out, NYT, etc--and went to WD-50.
Although I intended to get the tasting menu, three courses of dessert seemed like too much and we figured that we could get nearly as much a la carte, for cheaper. I started with a "rye & quince"--a pretty gussied up way of renaming an old-fashioned. Good, but there was no quince to be tasted over the lemon bitters.
We ordered for starters the foie gras, the beef tongue with the much ballyhooed fried mayonnaise, and the venison tar tar. The foie gras was good--very delicate and unexpectedly light in flavor--and the "nori caramel" has a nice, light nutty sweetness. But the grapefruit crumble was a red herring that overwhelming anything tasted with it. The beef tongue was basically is a slightly springy, kind of bland deli meat, and the balls of fried mayonnaise were nicely textured but salty enough to be mouth puckering. The venison was simply vaguely meaty, and didn't have much venison characteristic. I bet the meat's flavour simply needs to be cooked to come out.
For mains we had the pork belly and the salmon. The pork belly was wonderfully tender, and mildly porky, which was a surprise. The salmon had little salmon tast e--just a pleasant fishiness, and the promised bitterness from the fennel never materialized to much effect.
For dessert, I had a bannana and chocolate ice cream concoction that had a bit less flare than the lengthy description had promised.
All in all, I won't go back, and would suggest to anyone thinking about eating there that they save money and go across the street to 71 Clinton, which is serving delicious food that for some reason hasn't gotten too much attention.
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