Jan 08 2009
Doesn’t everything sound better in French? Bien sur! We got word today that due to increasing popularity, Picholine will be expanding its Menu d’Economie, aka its ‘Value Dining Experience’, otherwise known as a ’Recession Special’, that was originally launched in early December. Until now, the Menu d’Economie has been available each evening at the Cheese and Wine Bar, but only in the Dining Room when tables are available. Picholine will be announcing in the coming days that the Menu d’Economie will be offered in the Dining Room by reservation Monday through Thursday after 9 pm. It will also remain available in the Cheese and Wine Bar each night all night long. It really is one of the better Recession Specials we’ve come across. It’s also the best name we’ve seen for a Recession Special menu. Sophisticated, yet approachable. The Menu d’Economie continues to feature a wide array of “tasting plates” (12 different half-portion entrées for $20), “tasting flights” (choose 3 from a selection of 15 dishes for $20), and 60 wines for under $60 a bottle. Picholine emphasized that these under $60 bottles include wines from producers such as “Chateau Beaucastel, Etienne Sauzet, and Chateau Rayas.” Picholine is one of just seven NYC restaurants to be awarded 2-stars in the 2009 Michelin Guide and is a 26 (food), 24 (decor), 25 (service) on Zagat. We’ll be checking out this special for ourselves soon and will let you know what we think. To Chef Brennan, we say merci beaucoup!