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Review of Picholine - CLOSED

Price range: $50 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Central Park West and Broadway
Transit: 1 train to 66th Street / Lincoln Center; A, C, B, D train to 59th Street / Columbus Circle; M7,104,20,66 to 66h Street / Lincoln Center; M10 to 63rd Street and Central Park West.
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Last week we had one of the best dinners in a long time: Picholine in New York city close to the Lincoln Center. We met Terrance Brennan, chef/owner long time ago in Aspen and then we learned about Picholine.
We have been several times and always the same feeling: excellent food, first class service, nice atmosphere. The food shows the exquisite hand of the chef, always improving, always searching new ways for his preparations, approaching, some of his offers, like the onion soup “2013” to Fernand Adria's, now closed, El Bulli.
He is one of the low profile chefs, owner of only two restaurants, that is not every day in the front pages but is in front of his extraordinary kitchen.
And, different to other chefs, he is flexible. I ask for lamb that was not in the menu but they were preparing it for Sunday Easter brunch, and I was served the "Schweighofer farm baby lamb with Spring Vegetables and Goat Cheese Raviolini". Superb and unforgettable. But the whole menu is like this. The steamed black sea bass with Cauliflower Arancini, Cucumbers and Curry Emulsion my wife ate, is another example of this first class kitchen.
Next time in New York city, one more dinner at Picholine.

  • Visited March 2013
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New York
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81 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Room,Not for Foodies”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Bread was not fresh, the crust was soft and chewy, not crisp.

They served a parsnip crisp with a sour apple mousse. The Mousse was not fresh It have a firm outer texture (a quarter inch in thickness) and a soft middle

Chicken Keiv recipe from the back of a cereal box (corn flakes to be specific)
They served Chicken rolled in corn flakes, I am not kidding.
The Menu read with a liquid Foie Gras sauce.
I have had Foie gras sauce in New York, London, Milan... and this was nothing like any foie Gras suace I have ever had. One would be hard pressed to use the word foie gras in association with the sauce served.

The fish was over cooked

The suckling pig dish tasted fine, though it was from a much older pig

They served a sweet mousse with a crumble
The crumble was stale by taste and by smell

The Cheese was nice

Chocolates were very good

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank BigPicture61
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Naples, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“excellent food and service”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

went with my daughter and had an appetizer evening. We like to go and experience Michelin star restaurants. The food was excellent and many unusual taste delights.

Visited May 2012
Thank winenglish
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New Rochelle, New York
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Picholine Review”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Very nice, fancy, great service and outstanding food. Expensive so reserve for a special ocassion. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they made a personalized menu for us. I thought that was a nice touch. Once awarded a Michelin Star if they had a chance to get reviewed again they would probably get a third star.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank krivera1007
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal, outstanding service, definitely will come back”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Got a late dinner reservation after Carnegie Hall concert. Outstanding experience. Tasting menu 3 courses were just right, along with a few complimentary small bites from the chef. We had the chestnut bacon pasta and sea urchin panna cotta to start; both amazingly presented and taste. Main courses were the skate and the chicken with fois gras inside; I must say the chicken was perfectly cooked and tasted better than the skate. 3rd course we had a deconstructed pecan pie that was better than most desserts we've had at high-end restaurants in the city, and an assortment of cheeses that were just a perfect way to end the night. The home-made chocolates they comp'ed us at the end were also some of the best we've had. The decor is pretty but a bit stiff, but it's a quiet restaurant for nice conversations. Very classy. Definitely would come back. Wonder how they lost their 2 Michelin stars in 2012!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank GeeTee54321
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