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Nicholas--3 or 6 course dinner?

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sgschef Jun 9, 2007 07:33 AM

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!!!

  1. bgut1 Jun 9, 2007 08:54 AM

    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.

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      RGR Jun 9, 2007 03:42 PM

      Hey, bgut1, They do permit substitutions from the a la carte offerings. They reduce the size to fit the tasting menu much like the reduction is size for the bar room small plates.

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        bgut1 Jun 10, 2007 09:03 AM

        Didn't know that. Thanks RGR.

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      joonjoon Jun 9, 2007 10:34 AM

      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..

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        jsfein Jun 9, 2007 12:10 PM

        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.

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