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Meet the Nominee: WD~50 in New York City, 2014 James Beard Awards Outstanding Restaurant Finalist

Get the inside scoop on WD~50 in New York City, a 2014 James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Restaurant.

WD~50 Main Dining Room

The menus at wd~50 utilize elements and techniques from a wide array of cuisines. The restaurant has garnered praise for its inspired culinary combinations, cutting edge culinary techniques, and innovative use of ingredients. Chef/Owner Wylie Dufresne is a six-time James Beard Award nominee. Pastry Chef Michael Livingston II was honored by the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Chef Award. The James Beard Awards will be held in New York City of May 5. You can also listen to our interview with the James Beard Award Foundation about the 2014 Awards.


50 Clinton St., New York City, NY

(212) 477-2900


The WD~50 team includes:

Chef Wylie Dufresne
  • Chef/ Owner – Wylie Dufresne
  • Chef - Sam Henderson
  • Sous Chef – Reggie Soang
  • Pastry Chef – Malcolm Livingston II
  • General Manager – Dewey Dufresne
  • Wine Director – Geoffrey Fischer
  • Bar Director (wd~50 and Alder) – Kevin Denton
  • Floor Manager – Sharilyn Chavez

Chef Wylie Dufresne was born in 1970 in Providence, Rhode Island moving to New York in 1977. In 1992 he completed a B.A. in philosophy at Colby College, Maine.

After college, Wylie enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in New York and was then employed in various Jean-Georges restaurants from 1993 until 1999. In 1999 he became the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food.

Dufresne opened wd~50 in April of 2003.

Shrimp and Grits

Frank Bruni of the New York Times awarded wd~50 three stars in March of 2008. In 2006 wd~50 received one star from the Michelin Guide, which it has retained in each subsequent year.

In May of 2012, to celebrate wd~50’s ninth anniversary, the restaurant implemented two new tasting menus, a twelve course and a five course tasting, the latter featuring the restaurant’s classic dishes from over the years.

Wylie has been nominated for multiple James Beard Awards, including “Best Chef New York” for seven consecutive years, winning the award in 2013. Alder, Dufresne’s second restaurant, opened in Manhattan’s East Village in March 2013.

Content provided courtesy of WD~50.

Published April 20th, 2014