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Posted by digby on 10/07/2008
Was expecting much more in the way of taste and elegance of the dishes. Overall the food was no better than most NYC restaurant meals. The service however, was much better - some of the best I have ever had. I was ready for the price, but frankly would rather go to 3 very nice dinners at 3 different places than one dinner at Per Se.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2008
We went to per se with high expectations. The service was great and all of the staff was down to earth and friendly. The food, however, was a great disappointment. The fish dish was oversalted, the cauliflower salad acidic, the duck was gamey and flavorless. The biggest disappointment was the beef dish, which was beyond bland. The beef itself didn't even have the richness that we would have expected. The vegetables served beside the beef had even less flavor. The milk chocolate peanut butter mousse was also disappointing. The cake component was dry and rubbery. The few high points of the meal were the foie gras (which was a $30 supplement, a supplement at a $275 restaurant is absurd by the way), and the Mignardises, which were especially lovely. We've had better meals for half the price. Save your money and ignore the hype.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2008
I read several of the recent reviews below before I went to Per Se for the first time last night and started getting nervous? Had it dropped in quality? Was it truly "mediocre"?? Halfway through the meal, I turned to my four friends and announced that first thing in the morning, I would go to Menupages and write a review so that people like me would not panic. Because there is ABSOLUTELY no need. The meal was perfection. From the sweet hostess to the lush chairs to the small stool they hurried over to rest my clutch purse on...and that was just the first five minutes! We all immediately fell under the charming spell of our adorable, professional, smart, witty, and helpful waiter who could not have been less stuffy. The wine steward helped us choose several bottles that could not have paired better, and one of the managers kept checking in on us to make sure we were sufficiently dazzled. We were. And then there's the food. Others have probably said it better, so I will say it simply. It was amazing. Gorgeous. In presentation, in seasoning, in color, in taste, it was perfect. Not one flavor off mark or overstated. Course after course after course all better than the next. It was not just a meal, it was an experience to remember. And if I sound half-mad, so be it. I am probably still high from the joy of the evening. Just go and see for yourself. Then write the next morning.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2008
I completely agree with other voters. The experience at per se- did disappoint. While the room and overall atmosphere was lovely and special. We really came for the food! Not one dish was memorable or really very tasty. I agree with another rater who described his food as "bland". One dish was oversalted but that was it for big flavor. I am sure the quality of food was good but it was prepared very simply and not in a special way. The desserts were quite nice and they bring extra goodies at the end but at that point I was quite full. My husband and I would agree that there are many restaurants that charge a fraction of the cost that are much more special, food wise. If money were no object, this would not be in my top 20 of places to go in NYC.
Posted by ApexOfPrestige on 05/28/2008
For those of you not familiar with legal parlance, TTT is a term meaning "third tier toilet" meant to refer to particularly bad firms or law schools. While Per Se was once in the HYS (Harvard, Yale, Stanford) of NY restaurants, it is now a Cardozo at best. I have eaten here several times over the years and each time the quality of the food decreased. I don't know if Keller has decided just to live off his name, but the food is now bland and highly mediocre, while the sticker price remains high. If people start to vote with their wallets maybe old Thomas will be forced to whip this place back into shape.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2007
i think i ended up paying for food styling rather than an actual exciting palate experience. service was great, staff was attentive but other than that, it was severely overpriced for food that looked beautiful but didn't pack power behind the bite.
Posted by Paid on 10/20/2007
We read about chef Keller's sous vide skills and Per Se's Michelin's 3 stars (one of the only 3 restaurants in the city with this honor) so my friend and I made our reservations 2 months in advance to secure our seats. The nine-course meal was a total flop. None of the dishes were sous vide. The foie gras was served with plain white bread that resemble a thick PP&J sandwich. The worst dish was the poached lobster (rubberish and chewy) with chocolate sauce and fig. The sweet and savory combination was a disaster from conception to execution. At the end, they brought out a concoction of mediocre chocolate truffles - a cheap way to ensure that you feel full enough to justify the bill. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine and two cocktails came up to $750. We would return if the food was good.