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Picholine

35 W. 64th St. (Broadway & Central Park W.) Send to Phone
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Chef Brennan's duck risotto with roasted squash and white truffle essence is how you know that French cuisine is an art.
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Picholine Restaurant Review

: Terrance Brennan, perhaps New York’s most cheese-centric chef, runs one of the city’s most stealthy fine dining establishments. Picholine, his luxury flagship, has been tucked into a sleepy block near Lincoln Center since 1993. Before the Time Warner Center went up and Jean Georges moved in, the restaurant was by far the neighborhood’s finest. Brennan’s early fans have proven loyal. The former beige and forest green walls gave way to more contemporary feminine hues of purple and violet. Opulent crystal chandeliers still light up the dining room with its mix ‘n’ match prix-fixe menu, while lounge seating up near the bar invites pre- and post-philharmonic crowds to pop in for light nibbles from a less pricey list of more casual offerings. Brennan’s most playful impulses are on full display on his modern menu divided into prelude, pasta, day boat, and land based sections. Start with the foie gras "shabu shabu," a delicate slice of foie gras "cooked" at the table when the waiter pours a hot sweet-and-sour bouillon over it. In autumn, be sure to sample what is surely one of the finest selections of Scottish game in New York, following up, of course, with a sampling of cheese from the city’s best-stocked (and most aromatic) cart (which only comes around for dinner service, not lunch).

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