Tag Archives: Wylie Dufresne

Inside Wylie Dufresne’s First-Ever Cookbook, Devoted to the Recipes (and People) of WD~50

Source: Grub Street NY

“I love a dish where everything is not what is seems,” writes the chef, Wylie Dufresne, in wd~50: the Cookbook. The book, which Dufresne co-wrote with Peter Meehan, is his first. It’s out on October 17, almost three years after wd~50 closed for good. In other words, …

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David Chang Will Debut a New Burger at the U.S. Open

Source: Grub Street NY

David Chang is not big on burgers. Notwithstanding the plant-based Impossible Foods burger at Momofuku Nishi, he has, in fact, dodged the tidal wave that has strewn trendy cheeseburgers onto menus across the planet.

But now, Chang has relented — sort of. At the U.S. Open, which starts on …

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Wylie Dufresne Debuts Egg Sandwich Like No Other at Du’s Donuts

Source: Grub Street NY

As much as one would like to begin each and every day with a peanut-butter-and-yuzu doughnut, or maybe a kaffir-corn cruller, it’s undoubtedly a good idea to add a little non-doughnut variety to the morning meal.

So when Wylie Dufresne, that master of the immersion circulator and tabletop centrifuge, opened …

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Why Did New York’s Most Innovative Chef Swap Fine Dining for Doughnuts?

Source: Grub Street NY

Wylie Dufresne has made a doughnut that tastes like a campfire. Technically, it’s a s’mores doughnut, topped with crushed Golden Grahams and the kind of tiny, dried marshmallows you find in a Swiss Miss packet. The defining feature, though, is the chocolate glaze, which Dufresne first smokes, and that’s the …

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Wylie Dufresne Will Be a Guest Chef at the NoMad Bar for 6 Weeks

Source: Grub Street NY

“Where’s Wylie?” asks Daniel Humm, the chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad. Humm, along with his business partner Will Guidara, are sitting at the NoMad waiting for another celebrated chef, Wylie Dufresne. It’s clear that Humm, who in his spare time

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Blockbusters: Colicchio & McNally Confirmed for Beekman; Conant Out at Scarpetta; New Chef at Alder

Source: Eater NY

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After months of rumors, the Times confirms that the forthcoming hotel at 5 Beekman will host restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio, but probably not for another year. McNally’s 90-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner but there’s no word yet on the concept, and whether or not it will be Pastis 2.0. Colicchio will open a lounge called the Living Room, which will also organize room service for the hotel and cater its events. His project may serve “old New York food, modernized,” in a not so formal setting, ...

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The Shutter: Union Square Cafe Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

Source: Eater NY

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Danny Meyer‘s trailblazing Manhattan restaurant, Union Square Cafe, will close in its current location by the end of 2015. The space that holds the near 30 year-old restaurant, which was the very first in Meyer’s now massive empire, goes on the market next week, the Times reports, because even the king of hospitality himself can’t keep up with the soaring rent. As Meyer tells Julia Moskin, “There’s no such thing as a New York restaurant that is immune to real estate.” He promises that the restaurant will reopen somewhere else in the city, but ...

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EaterWire: Mu Ramen Expands to Boston; Listing for wd~50 Site

Source: Eater NY

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EXPANSIONSJoshua and Heidy Smookler are planning to expand Mu Ramen to Boston. The duo will open their first proper sit-down restaurant in Long Island City next month, and they hope to open a second location in the Harvard Square area of Boston next year. Pete Wells put the their noodles at the top of his ramen list earlier this year. [EaterWire]

LOWER EAST SIDEThe developer that’s planning to build on the space that’s currently occupied by wd~50 might actually sell the property. The Lo-Down notices a new ...

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The Shutter: wd~50 Closing Due to Building Issues; Relocation Possible

Source: Eater NY

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Today, Wylie Dufresne explains that he is indeed closing his pioneering Lower East Side establishment wd~50 because the building that houses the restaurant is being torn down to make way for a new development. Next year, the space will basically become a construction site, and he didn’t want to continue to operate a restaurant under those conditions. Dufresne in the Membresne tells Jeff Gordinier at the Times: “It’s a real estate thing…We weren’t going to be able to give the diners the same experience we’d been giving them.”

The good news is that Wylie hopes ...

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The Shutter: Twitter Reacts to the News that wd~50 Will Close

Source: Eater NY

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When the news broke yesterday evening that Wylie Dufresne will close his trailblazing 11 year-old restaurant, wd~50, the restaurant world reacted with shock (although it’s not entirely a surprise), sadness, and remembrances. Eater has reached out to Dufresne for details, but the chef has not yet elaborated on the reasons for the closure, or whether there are plans to relocate the icon of modern cuisine. Last night a representative for Dufresne told the Times that the chef was not ready to give further explanation just yet. But while waiting on more news, here’s a roundup of reactions from ...

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The Shutter: Wylie Dufresne to Close wd~50 at the End of November

Source: Eater NY

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You have less than six months to dine at Wylie Dufresne‘s trail-blazing modern cuisine restaurant wd~50 before it disappears. Today the chef tweets: “Nov 30 will be our final night of service at wd50. Come celebrate with us for the next 173 days. Stay tuned!!” The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise, because the building that the restaurant is housed in is set to be demolished to make way for a new development. Back in April, when asked about the impending changes to the building, Wylie remarked, “We’re not going anywhere! Don’t worry.”

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Eater Interviews: Wylie Dufresne chats with Eater National…

Source: Eater NY

wylie423.jpgWylie Dufresne chats with Eater National about the Gelinaz! surprise party that was thrown for him at wd-50 two weeks ago, which he calls the highlight of his career. He also discusses his new Twitter account, and the possibility of a third restaurant in the near future: “It took me 10 years to open a second restaurant. I’m not going to wait another 10.” [~EN~]

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Dufresne in the Membresne: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr….

Source: Eater NY

2014_wylie_dinner_a123.jpgLadies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Wylie Dufresne to the Twitter dancefloor. His first tweet is about last week’s crazy surprise party at wd~50: “One week later, and my head is still spinning! The highlight of my career! Thanks to all!” [Twitter]

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Rumormongering: The developer of the seven-story structure…

Source: Eater NY

wylierumors2.jpgThe developer of the seven-story structure planned for the block of buildings that now houses wd-50 has just filed building permits for that project. The plan includes one large commercial space on the ground floor of the residential building, but it looks like there’s no room for wd-50. Last week, the chef told Grub Street: “We’re not going anywhere! Don’t worry.” [BB, Previously]

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Surprise Parties: For the days leading up to…

Source: Eater NY

gelinazrecap.jpgFor the days leading up to the surprise tribute dinner for Wylie Dufresne, renowned chefs like René Redzepi, Daniel Patterson, and Magnus Nilsson were all prepping in utmost secrecy, hidden in seedy Williamsburg rentals. The New Yorker has an account of all the prep, which includes Redzepi singing along to Salt-n-Pepa and Daniel Boulud telling Danny Bowien of their collaborative dish, “Let me start with the French, and you can fuck it up with the Chinese.” [New Yorker]

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Listage: American Craft Vodka; A Brief History of Shots

Source: Eater Philly

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· Craft Vodka Distilleries Growing in the U.S. [WSJ]
· Rooting for American Food [Toqueland]
· Culinary Institute of America Takes In Mural Made for CBS [NYT]
· A Brief History of Shots With David Wondrich [FWF]
· How Kat Cole Operates Cinnabon Like a Tech Startup [Fast Co]
· This Pie Chart Is Delicious and Statistically Sound [NPR]
· 28 Chefs Surprised Wylie Dufresne With Tribute Dinner [-EN-]
· eGullet Co-Founder and Food Blogger Steven Shaw Dies [-EN-]

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Rumormongering: Wylie Dufresne is unconcerned about the…

Source: Eater NY

wylierumors.jpgWylie Dufresne is unconcerned about the seven-story condo planned for the stretch of buildings that includes wd~50. When asked at the Food & Wine Best New Chefs party last night whether the restaurant would have to move, Dufresne told Grub Street, “We’re not going anywhere! Don’t worry.” [GS]

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Batali, Dufresne, and Hamilton Team Up For MAD Talk

Source: Eater NY

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On March 10, chefs Mario Batali, Gabrielle Hamilton and Wylie Dufresne together with author Bill Buford will be panelists discussing “what we talk about when we talk about being a chef” at The Drawing Center. Peter Meehan will be the moderator, and the event will be hosted by MAD, chef René Redzepi’s not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the restaurant trade. The free form discussion will trace the “evolution of the cooking profession over the past two decades,” and aims to create an “intimate environment and open forum in which the panel and audience can engage” each other.

The event is ...

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Listage: On the Paula Deen Cruise; Abraham Lincoln’s Appetite

Source: Eater Philly

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· All Aboard the Paula Deen Cruise [Gawker]
· Brussels Sprouts, Still Trendy [WSJ]
· What Honest Abe’s Appetite Tells Us About His Life [NPR]
· In Defense of Corkage Fees [Globe and Mail]
· There’s Still Time to Stop the Fish Apocalypse [Vice]
· 60 Second Tasting Menu: wd~50, Winter 2014 [-ENY-]
· Watch the 2014 Swiss Latte Art Champion Win His Title [-EN-]

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Eater Moving Pictures: 60 Second Tasting Menu: wd~50, Winter 2014

Source: Eater NY

Welcome back to 60 Second Tasting Menu, a fast-paced visual tour of stunning, elaborate, and technically advanced menus currently on offer across country. This week, take in Wylie Dufresne’s 12-course winter tasting menu at his almost 11-year-old Lower East Side restaurant wd~50. Just last year, Dufresne did away with his a la carte menu, offering this sequence of new dishes for $155 and another, shorter “From the Vault” $90 menu of his classic hits. Turn up the volume, and see below for the full menu description.

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Video Interlude: Alder’s Wylie Dufresne stopped by Late…

Source: Eater NY

122Wylie-Dufresne-Jimmy-Fallon.jpgAlder’s Wylie Dufresne stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to make a few shrimp dishes. He started with a literal shrimp cocktail (horseradish-infused vodka, clarified Bloody Mary mix, with shrimp skewer), and he also made ramen with shrimp noodles. In the clip, Fallon quips: “See, this why you’re a genius. Mom, if you’re watching this guy, be proud.” [~EN~]

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Eater Features: A Look at the Renowned Kitchen Arts & Letters

Source: Eater NY

122kitchenartswaxman-thumb.jpgRegina Schrambling takes a thorough look behind and in front of the scenes at Kitchen Arts & Letters on Eater National today. The renowned Upper East Side food book store, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has one of the most extensive cookbook collections in the country, with a total of around 13,000 titles on its shelves (and in its cavernous basement). Besides a carefully curated selection of classics and hot new releases, there are magazines, foreign cookbooks, and a stockpile of rare and out of print books like first editions of M.F.K. Fisher and a book called Liberace ...

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Influences: Here’s Wylie Dufresne’s list of ten…

Source: Eater NY

wylie-dufresne1012.jpgHere’s Wylie Dufresne’s list of ten things that define who he is as a chef, and it’s probably the only time that the Grateful Dead, Mugaritz, and John Stuart Mill will ever land in the same category. On the origin of his egg obsession: “[E]very morning with Mom she would just put some butter in a pan and scramble them with a fork. I can’t eat or scramble eggs without thinking of a tiny apartment on 8th Street and just having breakfast together.” [Epicurious]

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Eater Awards 2013: Announcing the 2013 Eater Awards for New York City

Source: Eater NY

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It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2013 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 27 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.

To recap, Eater’s local editors in 27 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted ...

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BrunchWire: Alder to Launch Brunch on Sunday With New Dishes

Source: Eater NY

1348607548360_05c86bdbcf_b.jpgWylie Dufresne’s critical hit Alder is launching brunch this Sunday with a menu that’s full of brand new dishes from the chef and his partner in crime Jon Bignelli. The team is still working on the final set of dishes, but expect things like bloody Mary popcorn, a Singapore chow fun sandwich, coconut waffles with jerk chicken, and an open-faced “lobster knuckle sandwich.” The drinks list will include green, yellow, and traditional red bloody Marys (a “stoplight series”), and for those that want something that vaguely resembles breakfast, Alder will serve bacon, egg, and cheese gyoza.

It’s refreshing, ...

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