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35 W. 64th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Central Park West
By foody12 on 3/1/2011
All I can say is wow. The food was so good. The lamb, the risotto, the cheese, the tuna --- everyone at our table ended up sharing with one another. It's a special experience. Of course the decor is seriously retro in what will either strike you as a cool "Mad Men" vibe or an uncool Grandma's pre-lincoln center vibe. The food is just exceptional though, and well worth the visit.
Picholine Has Become a Tourist Trap
By nez on 12/22/2010
That's the only conclusion I can draw after our depressing experience there last night. The service was cold and completely inattentive. We waited at least a half hour to be approached after we were seated, at which point we were asked if we wanted bottled water--a disappointingly classless attempt to pad the check. After we were done eating, we sat with our purses on the table and coat checks in hand for another 20 minutes or so before someone brought the check. There was absolutely no warmth or sense of connection. The food was mediocre and didn't come close to making up for the terrible service. The room feels stuffy and old fashioned--in a bad way. Avoid it--thanks to the boom in Upper West Side restaurants there are now many, many better places to choose from.
An excellent dinner
By Foofiej on 11/27/2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Picholine. From our first hello to the cheerful goodbye the staff was courteous and professional. The meal progressed at a perfect pace, allowing time for conversation and savoring the excellent food and wine. We particularly enjoyed the risotto flecked with duck crackle and my sirloin was perfectly seasoned and cooked-among the best I've had. The prix fixe is an excellent value for such an elegant place. And to add icing to the cake, the noise level was comfortable for conversation in normal voice levels. One negative, we all agreed that the plate of candies and truffles were superior to the rather ordinary desserts. Only the scrumptious ice creams excelled.
By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010
Eating here is like eating at "night-of-once-fairly-good-restaurant-living-dead." Back when they had 1998 Clos Erasmus on the wine list for $95/bottle, it was fun to go for cheese and a few dishes were decent. When I pointed out to Terrance Brennan how good that wine was, he had the rest he had on hand shipped to his personal cellar (Brennan is a total d-bag). It's been way downhill from there, and Guide Michelin must have been on an acid-trip to give this place 2*'s (but, hey, Grand Vefour in Paris used to have 3*'s, so it's not like having n-*'s means much).
Like the Poseidon Adventure
By flinders on 2/9/2010
Birthday reservations made in person, requesting specific table. Arrived on time to find it occupied by "someone important." We were given the shoehorn table and a waiter for whom inattentive would be a step up. Finally prevailed on the waitress next door to help us. Management did nothing but didn't know if they'd "call the waiter incompetent." Food, when available, was decent but overall a ghastly experience.
By jimsugardener on 7/4/2008
We have always put dinner at Picholine at the top of our list for our visits to New York...we loved the creative cuisine, the service, and the decor. On a recent trip to the city in June, we felt that we got a different experience. The chef's treat was served to 2 people in our party on one plate laid across the table for them to share. The plates were laid down on the table without a glance from the server. The John Dory was tough and overcooked.. a bad choice on my part. The flowers have no smell. And the new decor is a lavender monotone. The 2 salvations were our good table and the apple dessert which was divine. We will no longer recommend or return.
Sets a standard
By FoodMaven on 6/21/2008
Allways very please with food and service. Particularly enjoy taking out of town guests to this trendy NY place with excellent food. Service outprforms consistantly - not what you would expect (unfortunately) from such a great food location in NY. I like it a lot.
fantastic service; food okay
By bnsracing on 2/9/2008
Went with some good friends the other night and tried both of the tasting menus ('royale' and 'game'). Mostly the food was good; a couple of fantastic surprises, along with a couple of letdowns. If anything I was expecting the service to be stodgy, but our waitress, sommelier and cheese guy (industry terminology, sometimes I use it to impress girls) were charming and hilarious. We were very well taken care of. Thank you!
Amazing from start to finish
By melindagray on 9/8/2007
Bar drinks - inventive & delicious. Bartender - friendly enough without smothering. The suggested Tawny Port cocktail (port, lime juice, ginger ale, ice) was an original & perfectly refreshing start to the evening. Service was informative (gave detailed, tantalizing presentations of each dish), attentive & gracious. The tasting menu was well-paced (allowed us a comfortable exit as opposed to the usual painful roll out the door). Atmosphere was proper yet relaxed. The space felt intimate but not cramped. Decor was a tad over-fluffed (heavy sconces & drapery) but a gorgeous grey/white palette & beautiful chandeliers/lamps made up for it. Crowd was a bit stuffy, presumably due to the downtown crowd having not discovered the place yet. Menu - full of inventive surprises yet felt classic. Liberatingly flexible tasting menu (we switched out several dishes to share a wider variety). Every bite gave us layers of smiles (sea urchin panna cotta w/chilled ocean consomme & caviar, white gazpacho w/paprika shrimp & red gazpacho granita, olive oil-poached halibut w/basquaise chutney & idiazabal - all cases in point). Support for local/organic farming made everything taste better. Sommelier provided incredible wine pairings. Best restaurant experience we've had in a while.
By Catherine on 3/26/2005
We have been to Picholine on several occasions and cannot imagine a trip to NYC without a dinner there. The food is spectacular and the service is flawless. As busy as it gets -- and it does get busy -- one always feels well cared for. Don't hestitate to make a reservation here.
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