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Posted by jmpw on 02/15/2013
I see that I am not the only one to have been stunned by the lack of -- everything. The staff seemed uninterested, the food was uninspired, the flavor combinations were ill-conceived (and I don't mean unusual in the Wiley way). The food didn't have that bright, beautiful, carefully sourced look. Everything had a cloudiness to it. I ate two of the five courses. There were things that were not worth eating. And then the price. I do eat at other top ranked restaurants in Manhattan. I love Per Se, Le Bernardin, Scarpetta, Craft, WD~50. It's not like I wasn't prepared for the bill but I just felt robbed -- completely robbed.
Posted by Elen on 11/12/2012
Food was OK, nothing special, overpriced though. But the service and atmosphere simply perfect.
Posted by JZ on 09/23/2011
A serene ambiance with excellent attentive service. 4 course prix-fixe $95, also a la carte , and tasting menus. Food of high quality and mostly very good, but not superb. We had the prix-fixe. Tastes and combinations SHOULD all be wonderful, but not all were. Scallop dish delicious. Lamb dish and veggies had very good and/or very interesting tastes but surprisingly oversalted (by accident perhaps). Sirloin very good but veggies also oversalted. Desserts were very good. Amuse-bouche and treats served at intervals throughout - most were tasty and delightful.
Posted by Joan G on 05/26/2011
What is going on here? Is everyone afraid of appearing unsophisticated if they don't praise the food at Picholine? What a disappointment! Clashing, dissonant flavors, lukewarm entrees and a vegetarian main course that was bland, cold and miniscule. The amuse desert, a raspberry/rhubarb concoction, tasted like mouthwash. The deserts were like experiments gone awry. The wait staff was mostly pleasant, but seemed bored and the greeting we received upon entering was downright rude. Our table was not ready for our 8:15 reservation, not a problem, but while our party was greeting each other we were asked to "move out of the way" with such an air of disdain that it was more comical than insulting. Really, with so many other New York gems to chose from pick one, anyone, but not Picholine.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2011
I had really high expectations for this place after reading reviews and seeing the place on TV. Expectations were not quite met. We went with the prix fix 4 course meal at an 8pm appointment the night before Valentine's Day. For 3 of 4 courses they did not have dish I initially requested. The excuse was, "it's so busy tonight, we ran out." The wait staff didn't really make up for it in any way considering all dishes they had ran out of.
Posted by Lee G on 01/15/2011
Everything was perfect. The food was amazing, and the service flawless.
Posted by Manhattanite on 10/29/2010
A fantastic NYC dining experience. From the food to the service to the ambiance, the décor, we could not find a single fault. We both had the 89.00 prix fix and the Chestnut Veloute was incredible. My husband had the Chestnut Tagliatelle bolognese with game and it was outstanding and the mushroom risotto was delicious. They also serve game and I tried the hare-very good while hubby had the lamb that comes with a bit of pulled shoulder meat that is cooked for several hours that was superb. Adorable amuse bouches come before appetizer and also before desserts. The wine list is pricey but we found a Tour Vielle Roussillon for $55.00 that was wonderful. It was such a relaxed and elegant and delicious evening that we certainly will not wait as long to return.