The culinary glitterati came out last night for the final meal at wd~50. Die-hard fans have been flying in from across the country over the past few weeks for a final meal, but last night's turnout was unmatched. Here's what everyone had to say:
We are lacing em up one last time here at wd50!!! pic.twitter.com/FwKlQC3Gjc— Wylie Dufresne (@wyliedufresne) November 30, 2014
Andrew Carmellini: "#wd50 the last menu with friends....great run Wylie!"
Jim Meehan got a bit nostalgic:
Thanks to @wyliedufresne & @wd50nyc for showing us all how to open, operate and close a restaurant. So inspiring...— Jim Meehan (@mixography) December 1, 2014
So did David Chang:
The last supper: end of an era...friends & family celebrate Wylie Dufrense. @momofuku wouldn't exist without him pic.twitter.com/vGoSrZ1Haw— Dave Chang (@davidchang) December 1, 2014
Daniel Boulud Instagrammed the same image, writing: "Lot of friends, lot of love on 50 Clinton St tonight @WD50nyc #great team #NewYorkFinestChef you are very special #WylieDufresne and come back soon."
Modernist Cuisine co-author Chris C. Young stopped by for a selfie with the chef:
The end of an era tonight at wd~50, but I'm super excited for what comes next. pic.twitter.com/Mue30rx3Mf— Chris C. Young (@ChefChrisYoung) December 1, 2014
Wylie Dufresne documented the last savory dish to exit his kitchen (lamb loin with black garlic romesco, pickled ramps and dried soybean):
Last savory course leaves the wd50 kitchen..!! pic.twitter.com/WG4grhQ4Uh— Wylie Dufresne (@wyliedufresne) December 1, 2014
While Dave Arnold captured the last sweet one:
Brazilian chef Julien Mercier, in from Sao Paulo instagrammed: "Yesterday was a sad day, but a happy day! This picture, (credit of Dave Arnold) is the last dish to ever go out of the @wd50nyc kitchen. Congratulations to #williedufresne for his work and the inspiration he was for so many of us! I am sure he will soon have a new project and blow our minds again. #wd50"
And the last dish ever at WD-50. How much would it be worth on eBay? Too late. I ate it. pic.twitter.com/9MluBsSjdc— Dave Arnold (@CookingIssues) December 1, 2014
Dufresne tweeted his final thank you late last night:
And there goes the final wd50 dessert, that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone, past present and future...the support has been overwhelming!!!— Wylie Dufresne (@wyliedufresne) December 1, 2014
For those dealing with the emotional (and physical) hangover from last night, the restaurant sent diners home with one final taste:
What's next is still unknown. In the immediate future, Dufresne will focus on his East Village restaurant, Alder. He is also reportedly looking for a new restaurant space, but it's unclear how soon that will materialize. And when it does, don't expect him to open something exactly like the old wd~50.