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Posted by JulieNYC on 08/14/2013
I cant say enough good things about my experience at the Pines. The staff was amazing.. friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, fun, etc etc. The food was just as good, if not better. I'm a vegetarian (I know, I know) so given the menu, I was really just going to the pines for my significant other. They were very accommodating to me... and the veggie stuff should DEFINITELY be put on the menu. The veggie pasta is to die for. Seriously. My favorite app was also the gem lettuce... much better then it sounds. I wish this restaurant was closer to me, so I could go every night. HIGHLY recommended
Posted by Judy Soloski on 06/03/2013
Brief impressions: a hip, fun vibe...a server dressed in checkered Vans, t-shirt and shorts...another server polishing a glass and holding it up to the light to check for perfection before wine was poured into it...a beautiful woman who hurriedly put her long hair into a bun as the food arrived...words on the menu that I either didn't understand or had never heard of, and a server who had all the time in the world to explain them. Okay, but what was the food like? It was amazing! There were combinations that would occur to no one else in the world (that I know of) which filled my guest and myself with delight. The foie gras was paired with pickled rhubarb slices that were like the pickled ginger served with sushi. What a delcious taste combination that was. Then I bit into the brioche (commonly a forgettable tasting bread), and I realized that the foie gras-rhubarb combination was no accident; these people definitely knew what they were doing. There were two different preparations of foie gras, and the serving was a generous size. Maybe not generous in terms of a meat loaf, but we're talking about a substance whose taste is enough to make you glad you're alive! We also shared the asparagus and the octopus, which were also outstanding, but I'm getting tired of gushing, and I still must tell you about the dessert. It was raisin ice-cream. First of all, there were no raisins in the ice-cream. They had been soaked in a liqueur and were strewn generously around the plate. Then there were two different preparations of peanut butter, a bread and a cake, and celery granita. It was an absolutely enchanting combination, and I asked my guest what kind of happy lunacy could lead to such a dish. Although she hails from the culinary wasteland of Pacific Palisades, California, the woman has some food sense. She told me that the dish was a riff on the kid snack of celery, peanut butter, and raisins. Although the prices aren't cheap, I gave the Pines a 5 for value. How can you put a price on enchantment?
Posted by jessica on 05/26/2013
The food here was very disappointing. We ordered some of the specialities that have been mentioned in the reviews like the oxtail cappellacci and wagyu culotte steak and have never been more disappointed. The restaurant seemed off when we walked in and it was nearly empty. The preparation of the steak was very poor. It lacked any real taste as it was undercooked and not prepared well with the other ingredients. Take the published reviews on this place with a grain of salt. We paid over $100 to be left hungry and only moderately satisfied by the big pieces of crusty bread - which compared to our starting plates was the only moderately fulfilling item on the menu. This place is really over priced and not worth it. Many other friends have told me the same after trying it. The only reason I heard that one should go is the backyard and just get the drinks. I really wish I could get my money back for the subpar food and experience.
Posted by Andrew S. on 09/29/2012
Had a great dinner at the Pines! Highly recommended!