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Choice near Lincoln Center

  • bgavin May 13, 2011 08:17 AM

Picholine, Asiate or Boulud Sud?

Have already been to other Daniel Boulud establishments (Cafe Boulud on the east side is a favorite) and to Jean-Georges.

We are celebrating my sister's fiftieth birthday with a fine meal and then a play (The Minister's Wife) at Lincoln Center. Price is pretty much no object. We want incredible food and impeccable service.

Is Boulud Sud too casual? Is Asiate too hotel yuck? Is Picholine....anything bad?

Thanks and fond regards from
~ a Boston Chowhound

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Asiate
80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

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

Boulud Sud
20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Why not go to Lincoln? I prefer it to both Picholine and Asiate.

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    Asiate
    80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

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

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: nmprisons

      Couldn't get a reservation early enough. But thanks for getting me to take a look at Lincoln.

    2. Given your preferences (particularly for Cafe Boulud), I think you'll enjoy Picholine. Lincoln is also a great suggestion.

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      Cafe Boulud
      20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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

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      1. re: peter j

        Thanks a lot to you and Roz. Was able to get a reservation at Picholine.
        Appreciate the validation.

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

        1. re: bgavin

          Glad you chose Picholine. It's really great. The other restaurants in the neighborhood are not worthy of a special occasion. Lincoln is new and has a very interesting modern space, but I don't think there's much else to say about it. I went once and am not eager to return. Only the atmosphere is interesting.

          Have you been yet? How was your experience?

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

          Lincoln
          142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: StevenCinNYC

            I disagree with you about Lincoln. We have had dinner there twice, the most recent two weeks ago, and the food at both has been superb. Imo, 3-star level. Service was excellent and, while I'm not crazy about the sloping ceiling, overall, the ambiance is extremely pleasant.

            That said, I think it doesn't have the elegant special occasion feel that Picholine does though if someone wants to celebrate a little more casually, Lincoln is a fine choice.

            Lincoln photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            Lincoln
            142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: RGR

              Your experiences of Lincoln were clearly very different from my visit several months ago. What I found interesting was the feeling of very little separation from the inside space to the outside, with the interior decor echoing the exterior of lincoln center remarkably well (we sat in the SE corner of the restaurant). Our server was OK and so was the food. It's gotten a lot of hype which I don't think it deserves at all, but there have also been a lot of divergent reviews so perhaps it's inconsistent and can run the gamut.

              1. re: StevenCinNYC

                No doubt the extreme hype surrounding the opening of Lincoln, especially given Benno's previous position at per se, contributed to many people being disappointed. Maybe they were expecting an Italian version of per se? Also, there may have been consistency issues,early on.

                However, we waited to go until we felt the kinks would be ironed out. Plus, Mr. R. and I kept our expectations in check. The result was a meal that far exceeded our expectations. And the second meal a couple of months later was even better than the first. There were four of us at that one, and we all agreed there was not one weak dish. I think at this point, the kitchen is firing on all cylindiers. In fact, the evening of our second visit -- a Saturday -- Benno was not in the house.

                You might consider giving it another try.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                1. re: RGR

                  Thanks. I may have been hasty in making a judgment. I will add though that I'm not a big fan of per se. I prefer his Bouchon Bakery. Oddly, I feel the same way about Bouley--better bakery than restaurant. For perspective, my old favorite was Chanterelle. Now, it's Eleven Madison Park.

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                  Eleven Madison Park
                  11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                  Bouchon Bakery
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                  Bouley
                  163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      2. Since Boulud Sud has just opened, there have not been any reports yet. But my guess is that it will be too casual for such a special occasion. We have not been to Asiate, so I can't comment.

        Like you, Cafe Boulud is a favorite. Given that, I think Picholine would be the perfect choice. The cuisine is superb, service is cordial and polished, and the ambiance is lovely. I prefer the rear dining room to the front.

        Picholine photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com