Picholine
Picholine

Picholine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.picholinenyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-724-8585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday - 5pm-10pm

    Sunday - Closed





  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Terrance Brennan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Park West and Broadway
  • Public 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.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Icon Park Fast: entrances on West 63rd & West 64th Street(s) between Broadway & Central Park West.
A word from Picholine
Picholine offers contemporary French-Mediterranean cuisine in both it's elegant dining rooms and casual, no reservation cheese and wine bar. Perhaps best known for introducing the European cheese cart to discerning American diners, Chef Brennan also specializes in Wild Game and innovative contemporary Mediterranean dishes.


The restaurant received a James Beard Foundation nomination for the country’s outstanding restaurant in 2007, and was awarded two stars in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011editions of Michelin Guide New York City.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Picholine reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)fit for foodies (65)romantic (57)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • simplepleasuresVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went for our anniversary, had the 3 course prix-fixe menu with wine pairing. Staff was very attentive making us feel special and the food was delicious and attractively plated. Also what impressed us was: the woman next to us had many diet restrictions and the staff was patient and did an excellent job at meeting her needs. The whole evening was very magical and we would definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing
    LovesGoodTimes
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Aside from having delicious food (the lobster and the white Gazpacho are to die for), there are a number of tiny unordered surprises throughout the meal. Some are delightful. Some are incredible. It helps to make the meal a unique dining experience. Oh and the cheese cart is special. We typically skip desert and do the cheese instead. The cart comes with a cheese expert who is always passionate and well informed. You will feel welcomed and taken care of by the entire staff. Also, my wife and I have struck up a conversation with nearby diners virtually every time we have come here. We talk about the food and it is usually either a recommendation of what to try from us or to us. It is unusual but has made for special memories.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Trip
    ggccVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was excellent, and in a way it mitigates the high wine prices.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful
    eatit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love dining in fine restaurants when we can and our favorite is Daniel but Picholine is definitely as good and much easier to get a reservation. If you haven't been you owe it to yourself to try it, you won't be disappointed. We will definitely be back….
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  • Vegan/vegetarian friendly!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Surprisingly vegan friendly! They will cater to dietary restrictions and know exactly what you mean when you want your selections prepared vegan or vegetarian!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First-time diners
    kateewaldVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was our first time dining at Picholine, and we will certainly be back next time we are in New York. Our service was excellent: detail-oriented and well-informed; the food was bold and delicious (especially the lamb with chickpeas and the sea urchin panna cotta); the wine pairings were nicely selected. Although the price is a bit higher than what most people are willing to pay, I'd say it's well worth the extra few dollars for the experience. Thanks to everyone!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my NY favorites
    francisco2prVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After I discovered Picholine it has become one of my favorite restaurants in NY, among the very top of my restaurants list in NY. Excellent food matched by outstanding service. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is an old restaurant, but still very elegant. Ambience is OK and service good. Food was also good but not exceptional. This is an expensive place, so I was expecting more, both in terms of quality and choices. There are better high-end french restaurants in town, cafe Boulud for instance.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Very good, just shy of amazing
    Pearlybaker
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Atmosphere was old school in a good way; elegant, plush seating, spacious. It was a hot night and the ac was not cool enough for me. Would have given them 5 stars for ambiance if I wasn't too hot. The apps and desert were impressive - at or near Michelin star quality. The entrees ( salmon and lobster) were good but not amazing. Wines by the glass were well selected. I would go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another strong experience
    USDickinsonVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Was here for our 10th anniversary and now for our 20th -- Service as always was impeccable and the food quality (we had the 5 course menu) very well done. We enjoyed the amuse bouche and I had the wine pairings with my meal. You can tell they are working very hard to earn back their star!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great place! In our top 5 favorite dining experiences behind Robuchon (MGM), Guy Savoy (Caesars), and Marmalade (San Juan). Awesome!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoked sturgeon panna cotta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    All the food was very good but the sturgeon panna cotta is one of the best dishes I have ever had. I started to rate the food four out of five and then realized I have to give them credit for that. The panna cotta was like something I've never experienced. I day dream of going back and sitting at the bar with a cocktail and just that dish alone.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for that special occation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It was awesome. I gave it a 4 star because only people over 50 go here. I did see Susan Sullivan there. The food and service was fantastic as long as you don't get the suckling pig dish because it's too dry. I would go back and take someone different each time because it is an experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • One of the best restaurant s in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My favorite restaurant near Lincoln Center. Impeccable cuisine, attentive service beautiful room. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good but felt we werent appreciated
    AwesomeScottVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My Girlfriend and I had dinner this past turesday at Picoline. She is a big lover of cheese so this place is perfect. Service was very good and food was good not great. I just not treated very well like the other customers. They were getting little extras from the kitchen throughout thier meals and we didnt get anything extra. for the price your paying it is nice to have the chef send along a little something. there are far too many other places in NYC at this price point that appreciate thier clients. Sorry Picoline, I am done.
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  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband & I just recently ate here and it was wonderful! We did a tasting menu along with the win pairings. A few standouts were the Crab salad as well as the Turbot.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sally
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First-class dining, very elegant, but pricey. Very convenient to Lincoln Center.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    MidtownEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    WE had eaten at Picholine before and found it excellent. However, with a new chef it has gone on to a new level. The food was one of the best meals we have ever had. Service was impeccable. The only thing that could use some updating would be the desert menu. But there was a wide choice of appetizers and main courses, and the amusees were very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extortionate wine, good food.
    raidocVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Tasting menu well presented and of quality ingredients. Wine list ridiculously expensive (nothing under $100) with pompous french sommelier trying to sell the more expensive bottles and then making veiled negative comments when his wine was not chosen. The numerous wait staff were courteous but mixed, some naturally friendly and professional and others intrusive. Overall Tasting menu well presented and of quality ingredients. Wine list ridiculously expensive (nothing under $100) with pompous french sommelier trying to sell the more expensive bottles and then making veiled negative comments when his wine was not chosen. The numerous wait staff was courteous but mixed. Some really pleasant and others intrusive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    For a restaurant with such a stellar reputation we expected more. We found the sommelier to be aloof and unhelpful. We had to ask a server to fill our wine glasses. The food was average. For a restaurant with high end prices, the whole meal should have been better.
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  • Fabulous
    RaiFerrule
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I ordered the five course tasting menu with the wine paring - to summarize: the best meal I have ever had Dining room was elegant Wait staff was pleasant, attentive, and fun - (I expected aloof) Food was elegantly presented and the flavors were dazzling In addition to the fabuolus food it was a fun meal Highly recommended
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  • Great for Sunday dinner
    DrCrazyA
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed catching up over dinner at Picholine. We were here on a Sunday and it wasn't very busy, so we were able to chat without hearing everyone else's conversations. The staff were attentive and the Fromager was very knowledgeable and the special highlight of the night because I love cheese. We had seared foie gras and rilettes as appetizers, suckling pig and ribeye as entrees, and cheese plate and coffee spoom for dessert. The quality of the food is on par with what I'd expect for a restaurant of this caliber, so it was excellent. It certainly did not disappoint but it did not blow me away as the "best thing I've ever eaten" either.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply superb...
    RobW28731
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything that a fine Manhattan restaurant should be...Sublime,,,
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  • It was excellent
    takkan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was one of the best restaurant in my life (42 years old). We'd like to stop-by the restaurant near future.
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  • Best on the West Side
    DBoone
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Picholine is by far my favorite restaurant on the upper west side (including Per Se and Boulud Sud). Not only is the food consistently exquisite, but the decore is magnificent. It is also quiet. The service is always attentive, but never intrusive. It is the perfect place for a truly romantic evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food excellent, lovely wine list and fabulous cheese course. Room is lovely - a fairly quiet crowd; there seemed to be several tables of regulars based on staff interaction. Pacing of our meal was uneven - unduly slow delivery of apps and then again of entrees, prepare to wait. A couple seated after us was on their entrees before our appetizers arrived. Wait staff were attentive and pleasant. By contrast the manager was brusque and we experienced and observed the sommelier being selective in bestowing his attentions throughout the evening.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Lovely as ever.
    MGD18VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Perfect for pre theatre dining at Lincoln Center. Quiet, elegant, wonderful food and service. A gem.
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  • Another great meal
    Grouse
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The service is impeccable. And the food is outstanding--creative yet not crazy. My wife had the "fish and chips" appetizer which was incredible. Cod brandade, trout roe, potato chips and a soft egg. Amazing. I had the fava bean tortellini which was excellent. But before we even had those appetizers we had 4 very interesting amuses. I then had the suckling pig which was very good. My wife had the squab which was also very good. We went with the wine pairings which were paired nicely. We thought about a bottle and then realized it would be hard to match the courses. The cheese course was excellent. Best cheese cart I have seen. The fromager is great as is the sommelier. We love this place. Their game entrees in the fall are outstanding.
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  • Amazing!
    rondo
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We always come here expecting to be amazed - my companion's word - but part of what brings us back is not being able to predict exactly how we're going to be amazed. The chef, Terrance Brennan, is plainly a virtuoso who has more sense than to show off or startle - does he run after trends, or lead them? I don't know if he cares about that: His flavors are true and his combinations of them are right. Learning to cook myself years ago - though not at this level - gave me perspective on restaurants. I may wish I could eat here more often, but, that said, this is value for money, all the same.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    Glenda91367VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This elegant classic restaurant is always on our list of places to dine in NYC. Within walking distance of Lincoln Center, it is perfect for pre or post theatre dining. Service is impeccable. My husband and I selected the five course prixe dinner and it did not disappoint. Each course was delicious. I must commend their cheese service. I has old world elegance and an excellent selection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    classic, understated and lovely throughout. Delicious, wide selection of cheeses and wines; attentive service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, after theater goers leave
    Garpofnyc
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We've always loved Picnoline, from nearly the date it first opened.the food is always an ecstatic experience. Our last visit, which was pre theater felt a little rushed and brusque. Last night, we went a little later and enjoyed a relaxed and delicious experience. The cheese art was especially fun.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    morecheesepleaseVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    All of our party did the five course tasting menu, and we had one of the most incredible dinners. Each course was great as well as the small one bite intermediate courses that were an explosion of flavor. The wine pairings were also spot on and featured small wineries we've never hear of before. It was all great, but the cheese course was perhaps the most incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion, anniversary, or just looking for a fancy meal at one of the nicest restaurants in NYC.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I had our anniversary here. We had an outstanding dinner. They seated us in the back, which was very dark for us. We asked to be moved to the main dining room, which they did. The lighting was much better there. We had the 5 course tasting menu, which was excellent. The two appetizers for each of us were outstanding; my wife had the heirloom carrots and the fava bean tortelllini, and I had the duck and foie gras, and the risotto. For the entrees, we had the turbot and the scallops. The turbot was not very tasty. For the cheese tasting, we each had three cheeses. My wife told them that she was allergic strong cheeses. They made a big mistake in serving blue cheese to her. The desserts were fine. It was very quiet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our second visit and everything was superb! Impeccable service, exquisite food and a great Martini!
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  • One of the best
    DCvisitor
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Can't be beat for pre-Lincoln center dining. Expensive yes but superb in all respects. If going to theater get there early as you don't want to rush this meal! Service is very attentive but not overwhelming. One of Manhattan's all time best
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not enough stars
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    To be fair we enjoyed a chef's private tasting but I believe the attention to detail goes into every dish that leaves that kitchen. How many times have you been actively enjoying the meal and thought to yourself 'this is over the top outstanding?' Our dinner was and we will return for special occasions like this. Jeffery and the staff were on top of every detail, the presentation from quail eggs, to cauliflower soup, squab, passion fruit jelly treats, was just amazing (as one friend must have said 30 times). I cannot tell you three dishes to look for as we had eight presentations of such quality that it would be foolish to pick one (like cheese, because the cheese course is over the top).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swoon
    ESSRVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Lovely, lovely meal with scattered amuses in between delectable courses, excellent service. Head waiter Eric knows his stuff and makes an already tempting menu that much more tantalizing. Bottom line, delicious, a meal worth savoring and lingering over, the evening's entertainment. Chef is creative without going overboard, lots of innovative dishes. Impressed by the pastry chef as well: Coffee Spoom, wow, and divine chocolates. Yum, yum, yum.
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  • JtheGourmetVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent, but not perfect. Bland risotto primavera, but good main courses with interesting flavors. Excellent wine list and knowledgeable sommelier. Superb cheese with detailed explanations (a signature aspect of the restaurant), but miniscule portions make it seem like caviar. For a relaxing West Side dinner, with is a great choice, but it would not rank as one of NYC's very best.
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  • missk
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, great vegetarian and vegan options, outstanding service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 2062 reviews are from the Picholine reviews archive.