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Picholine

35 W. 64th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Central Park West
212-724-8585

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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64% would go back.

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Picholine Has Become a Tourist Trap

By nez on 12/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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228 out of 437 people found this review helpful.

Packaged European Gourmet Dinning Expereince

By martin_chamois on 1/14/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Manhattan like most cities has restaurants that solely exist, even thrive, based upon the marketing scheme that if you package an European Gourmet Dinning Experience into a over decorated living room of some distant grandmother, and declare it a "must" dinning spot that is for "special occasions", scores, hundreds, even thousands of gullible people will book the restaurant full every night and particularly on the weekend. This is one of these places. It is a pre-packaged experience right out of Disney. The problem is if the diner actually is from Europe, or dines frequently in Europe, they quickly recognize the joke and then all the friendly smiles from the Maitre‘D and waiters disappear. Save your money and time and support real restaurants in Manhattan and when you want “an experience” go to the theater or to Disneyworld.

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464 out of 971 people found this review helpful.

Like the Poseidon Adventure

By flinders on 2/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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186 out of 373 people found this review helpful.

Where O Where has my Celebrity Chef Gone?

By EarlRShay on 4/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

An amuse bouche of gelee of beet, orange and herb with goat cheese arrived. A superb breads—memorable 7 grain and rosemary mini-baguette—but why salt butter and not sweet? A first course of impeccably prepared green asparagus (with white) followed, with rubbery morels accompanied by a congealed paste of essence of morel, with cloud puff of inedibly salted gnocchi. Second course was an excellently prepared foie gras, crusty and succulent, with a neon one-dimensional confit of rhubarb. The main course looked (on paper) highly promising. Shrimp, cuttlefish, and fava with seafood reduction on tiny rigatoni. A single large shrimp with head and tail on, seasoned expertly, but rubbery as were the cuttlefish. Improperly sauced, portions of the pasta were watery, the rest moderately congealed and not very flavorful. The dessert course a sampler of melted chocolate sorbet (when it arrived), a deep chocolate brownie, and a milk chocolate mousse covered with a thin wafer of chocolate. I can’t possibly imagine that the gnocchi, rhubarb confit and seafood had been tasted prior to service. This would never happen in Keller’s kitchen, where he tastes everything. Moments of glory, surrounded by a abysses. I was glad I had three aperitivos!

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212 out of 443 people found this review helpful.

disappointed

By jimsugardener on 7/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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224 out of 431 people found this review helpful.

A Mausoleum

By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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).

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203 out of 400 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful Service Pedestrian Food

By thegourmand on 3/17/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The sevice was excellent, menu was terribly confusing, and the food only so-so. Seating reasonalby spaced, overall noise level - loud.

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196 out of 425 people found this review helpful.

Did I hit an off night?

By huntleysf on 9/22/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went for a pre-concert dinner on a winter night, and this place was Port Authority without the charm. Brusque waiters rushing to feed everyone at once, crowded two-top tables an inch apart, decent enough food but thrown at you. Yikes! I guess those who love it went when Lincoln Center was dark.

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337 out of 727 people found this review helpful.

Only if somone else is buying....

By sgm12 on 12/29/2002

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had a great experience because we were with great friends and because of the restaurants proximity to our apartment. The food was good, although the portions were not large. Normally I wouldn't complain, but when you are spending $125 per person, I would rather my fiancé fill-up on dinner, not bread. The fish dishes were impeccably prepared and tasty; everyone at our table enjoyed their appetizers. The deserts were inventive, but not to die for, and the infamous cheese platter (of which I did not partake), was quite overrated. My fiancé informed me, that many of the so-called, "rare" cheeses, could be found at Fairway, for half the price. The factors that lived up to the Zagats 26 rating of the restaurant, were the service, which was friendly, unpretentious and knowledgeable, and the prices, which were way too high. The wine list, which was extensive in its reach, was marked up by a factor of four. In NYC, I am used to paying twice as much in a restaurant as in a wine store, but four times as much, that’s a little unfair. Would I go back? Yes, but only if someone else is buying.

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291 out of 522 people found this review helpful.

Who Knew Organic Could Taste So Good?

By hungryjacq on 7/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The location is perfect for pre- or post-Lincoln Center dining. Definitely an older crowd, but once you start eating you won't notice. The foie gras was exquisite...the sommelier recommended an even better accompaniment than my standby Sauternes...go for a visit and you'll see what I mean.

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310 out of 610 people found this review helpful.

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