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Aug 15, 2012 01:15 PM

Picholine closed for renovation

We wanted to go there shortly after their reopening in September. I can't find anything on-line except that they are closed, and David Rockwell is doing the re-do, and there might be menu changes. Do any of you have more of an inside scoop? And do these major re-dos usually run over time? And how long would you give a place to "get out the bugs" once they do reopen?

We're going to a show at Lincoln Center and I'd really like to go back there again, enjoyed it the first time.

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  1. Per the "Contact Us" section of the website:
    "Picholine will be closed for renovations beginning Sunday July 29th through Wednesday September 5th, and reopening for dinner on Thursday September 6th. During this time, please visit us at to make reservations on-line. We look forward to serving you soon. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer.

    For reservations between July 29th and September 5th, we encourage you to visit our sister restaurant Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro & Winebar. For reservations, please call 212-725-8585 or visit"

    I would check with Artisanal to get more info on whether it looks as if the reopening will happen on schedule.

    1. What "bugs"? It's not as though Picholine is a brand new restaurant with a brand new staff. And menu changes are not something that never happens there. The only major difference will be the interior decor. If they are accepting on-line reservations starting again on September 6, that indicates to me the timing for the re-opening is accurate

      1. Picholine will reopen with expanded bar and pre-theater menus. Jonathan Mailo (ex-Daniel) will remain as chef de cuisine.

        I had a lovely dinner there the night before it closed so I'm looking forward to its reopening in time for the Met Opera and NY Phil season.

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        1. re: Riverman500

          I had another excellent dinner at Picholine in early June, and I look forward to the re-opening!

        2. They have been taken completely off-line off of Opentable, they are not even listed in the alphabetical listing of restaurants, but it still directs you to OT from their website. Why be taken completely off, why not allow reservations to be made after their scheduled reopening? That is why I was wondering and started this thread.

          I just e-mailed them about reservations, will see what they have to say.

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                1. re: Eujeanie

                  I think the handwriting is on the wall...I just got this e-mail from Opentable:

                  We’ve just learned that unfortunately Picholine will no longer be part of the OpenTable network, and as a result we’re not able to guarantee the restaurant still has your reservation. Please contact the restaurant management directly at (212) 724-8585 if you have questions about keeping your reservation.

                  Hello, just wanted to let you know restaurant has terminated with Open table. Please contact restaurant for reservation. Thank you.

                  We apologize for this inconvenience. Our goal is to be a quick and reliable way to book reservations, and we hope to better assist you with your next reservation.

                  Thank you for using OpenTable.

                2. re: MrGrumpy

                  Surprised to see that. Walked over to Picholine after dinner at Boulud Sud the evening of August 25th and the only notice on the door was one saying they were under renovation and would reopen at the end of September. That "Notice to Tenant" got taken down pretty quickly.

                  And I wouldn't necessarily start reading the tea leaves in the fact that they've ended their relationship with Opentable. I recently went though a spate of making a lot of dinner reservations at comparatively high-end restaurants for friends who were going to be in town for business and fewer than half the restaurants I contacted were available on Opentable. Many seem to think it's just not worth the fees they charge.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  Well, now not sure what to think. I reread the OpenTable cancellation, and they really did not say anything except that Picholine was not going to be part of OT, so I called the number they listed, which got me nowhere, but it did mentional Artisanal, so I called them, talked to someone named Raja?? who said that Picholine indeed would be reopening, but not until Sept. 20. We won't be in New York then but maybe it can help someone else, or maybe this was just another stall tactic? I have no idea, but thought I would let you all know.