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SHO Vs. The Modern Vs. Picholine.. Which one?

Trying to arrange birthday dinner not sure which restaurant to pick SHO Vs. The Modern Vs. Picholine..any suggestions? Thanks

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Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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  1. While I haven'y yet been to SHO, I have had dinner at both The Modern and Picholine. My vote is for Picholine (based on food and service).

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    1. re: ellenost

      The Modern is fun for a hectic lunch but I love Picholine for an elegant dinner.

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      Picholine
      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    2. Have not been to Picholine (can you believe it??) but have been several times to both SHO and The Modern. I'd say between those 2, it depends on the ambiance you're looking for. At The Modern, you have the beautiful view of the sculpture garden with a lively, loud crowd (you'll be shouting at each other to have a conversation). SHO is much more quiet, more of a high-end service experience, and I find the food and presentation more refined. Personally, between these two, I would pick SHO. Sorry that I can't compare it to Picholine for you.

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      Picholine
      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

      1. Of those I'd choose SHO, but I wonder why you narrowed the list down to those three? Corton and Eleven Madison Park, among others, would be above The Modern or Picholine on my list.

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        1. re: Wilfrid

          I second Wilfrid on both those recs. My comments were only limited to the 3 you asked about

        2. Haven't been to Picholine but have been to SHO and The Modern (dining room) recently, and for flavor, subtlety and wit the food at The Modern is best. I didn't find it noisy in the least - the bar area is, but not the dining room. The food at SHO is a lot of fun - the Dionysian opposite to the Appolonian Per Se - but I'd go back to the Modern before going back there.

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          1. re: buttertart

            Concurring here. I've been to all three and my choice would also be The Modern Dining Room, by a long shot.

          2. They are all great, but I would put SHO at the top, at least for food. I like the ambience at the Modern a bit more. Also, if value matters, SHO is considerably less expensive.