Colicchio & Sons
It's been years since I dined at Colicchio and Sons. I swing by the bar up front for a quick drink once in a while but an actual fine dining experience in the back is usually reserved for a special occasion; like a good friends blow out birthday meal. There were many so many courses here's just a quick run down of the food:
Hamachi Crudo with Citrus, Celery & Pistachios
Charred Octopus with Citrus, Caramelized Endive & Chorizo Vinaigrette
Beef Tartare with Jicima & Smoked Mayonnaise
Campanelle with Ramps, Morel Mushrooms & English Peas
Halibut with Hearts of Palm, Fava Beans & Preserved Lemons
Toasted Marshmallow, Olive Oil and Coffee Ice Cream
The standouts of the meal were definitely the fresh, spring flavors in the Campanelle and the soft, fragrant lemon essence in the Halibut. However nothing else truly stood out for a restaurant of such high caliber. Our service was also lacking with multiple courses arriving to the wrong diner and one complete dessert and a round of coffee which was never to be seen by our table.
They did add some extra special touches to the meal like a Birthday Card at the celebratory boy's seat and some writing on the dessert plate but otherwise it was kind of a let down. Perhaps Colicchio & Sons is past its prime? It was definitely not a good night for the servers that's for sure. With so many incredible restaurants in town, including the wonderful Craft, it's hard to spend so much money on some place that doesn't live up to expectations. I've had love for Colicchio in the past but I'm not so sure I'll be returning anytime soon.
85 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011