Nicholas--3 or 6 course dinner?
We are celebrating our aniversary at Nicholas at the end of this month. A very generous client has given us a gift certificate. Given that there are more choices, would you chose the 3 course dinner? Is there any flexibility with the tasting menu if you "really" need to try something not on it? I am interested in what you have done, what you wished you had done, and what you adored!!!
Hello sgschef. These are two completely different types of dinners. One is a standard size portion (3 courses) while the other is a tasting menu. If you've never been to Nicholas before, the tasting menu gives you an opportunity to experience many of the dishes on the menu. If I recall, Nicholas has two tasting menus (one being vegetarian). I also recall that there are two choices for each course. While I'm pretty sure they might swap out a course for a vegetarian item, I doubt they would substitute a regular alacarte item as the portions are larger. I say splurge and go with the tasting menu. Even better get the wine pairings. Have a great time. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Since you're going with a GC, might as well go with the 75$ tasting menu + the wine pairing. You can easily get by with 1 wine pairing for two people.
I hit the bar last night and had the following:
Gnocci with peas and artichokes: The texture of the pasta was slightly...mushy? Not as good as the last time I had it.
Seared Foie Gras + cherry: Last time I was there I had a banana foster foie gras that blew me away. This one's not as good..
Lobster + truffle + leeks: Was the BOMB. Possibly the best thing I've ever had at Nicholas. Me and my friend were still moaning about this one after we left.
Seared duck breast+polenta: Loved the overall dish, polenta was amazing but the breast was slightly overdone for my taste.
By the way, all that food + drinks between 2 people came out to 108 before tip. I'd say it's a pretty good deal considering what all the other restaurants charge these days..
Whereas most restaurants that serve tasting menus require that everyone at the table choose the tasting menu, Nicholas will allow one diner to go tasting and another to go 3 course. This offers flexibility. I usually get the tasting whereas my wife usually gets the 3 course. The kitchen has on occasion "comped" my wife an extra dish when she otherwise would not have a course with me. The kitchen is also usually extra generous with the cheese selection that comes with the tasting to provide enough for 2 to share.