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May 24, 2012 10:14 PM

Dovetail or Picholine?

Where would you choose? Both have been on my list and would probably do the tasting at each. Both menus look great and are similarly priced. Has anyone experienced either tastings? I've heard the portions at DT are small overall.

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  1. The meal we had at Dovetail with uhockey a few weeks ago was rather disappointing. Aside from the food not being as good as the first time Mr. R. and I were there two years ago, we got a lot of attitude from the sommelier with regard to taking photos of the wine labels. Also, it was very noisy this time. And you know how I feel about that!

    We haven't been to Picholine in quite a while. But the last two times, we did the tasting menu, and they were stellar. ellenost has been there more recently and posted that her dinner was excellent. Service is always pleasant and professional, and the ambiance is lovely and civilized.

    So, Picholine -- definitely!

    1. Dovetail was wonderful when it opened, but then became less interesting, and the menu rarely changes. I have not been in quite a while. If you want to try something that is more like what Dovetail used to be, with really interesting and innovative dishes, look into Gastroarte. For a high-level dining experience, Picholine is a great choice.

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      1. re: rrems

        I've been to Dovetail 3 or 4 times, with varying results. Picholine is a once-a-month place for me, and I have never been disappointed. It is consistently one of the best dining experiences in New York.

        1. re: rrems

          Interesting. We went to Gastroarte on a Savor deal. Loved it, but I don't think I would compare it to Dovetail or Picholine. The tapas menu was perfect for pre-Lincoln Center

          1. re: JC2

            I was not comparing it to Picholine, which I highly recommend, but to Dovetail, which I no longer do. Did you only have tapas? If so, I don't see how you would know how it compares to Dovetail.

        2. Fyi. the portions at Picholine are even smaller than at Dovetail.

          1. For me the clear winner is Picholine. Have done several of their tastings (varying the amount of courses) and we have NEVER felt underfed and the food has never been less than wonderful. The service had a little hiccup a while back but I think they've regained their footing. Dovetail for us has just been okay but I will say I didn't think the portions were overly small.

            If you choose Picholine (which obviously I hope you do) we tend to prefer the front dining room to the rear but I'd be interested in hearing what others think about it.

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              1. re: Spiritchaser

                Definitely request the front dining room. It's a beautiful high-ceilinged space. The back has low ceilings and is cozier, but it makes me feel a bit claustrophobic.

              2. While I haven't dined at Dovetail, my two dinners at Picholine were excellent. I definitely need to schedule another dinner at Picholine.