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Tocqueville or Picholine?

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Food quality is most important with service second and the décor a far third. I haven't been to either and would like to hears opinions from hounds who been to both in the past couple of years.

We've been to most all of the "better" places so please don't say "Well, so and so is better", we want to try something we haven't been to one night of a trip which also includes old favorites.

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  1. Both are excellent, but my vote is for Picholine based on all of your criteria.

    1. It's really a close call and I feel a wee bit guilty when I say
      Picholine by a nose.

      1. This is a tough one. You will certainly get a great meal at either one. It depends more on what you are looking for. I would say the service and decor are equal, so that leaves the food. Which menu appeals to you more? If you love game birds, Picholine is the obvious choice (assuming you are going in the next month or so). Otherwise, if price is a factor, Tocqueville can end up considerably lower, though Picholine will give you more extras, i.e. bigger selection of canapes, amuses, mignardises. Don't agonize over it, maybe just flip a coin, as either will be very satisfying. Please let us know how it turns out.

        1. Picholine, especially for the cheese cart.

          1. IMO it's no question; Picholine

            1. Thanks for the feedback. Picholine it is. We'll be there next Thursday evening and I'll report back.

              1. Picholine was excellent. We did the 8 course tasting menu and it was really wonderful. I was actually surprised at how creative and tasty the food was. I will be returning in the future.

                Thanks to those who pointed me in that direction.

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