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Posted by Kelly on 08/19/2005
Don't whine about the reservations, just be flexible -- I called on Tuesday and got an 9pm cancelation that Friday. Perhaps not the absolute best meal I've ever eaten, but definitely right up there on the short short list. Service was great and only *this* shy of being obsequious, while the food itself was consistently marvelous. Couple standouts (the aforementioned snickers bar, the standard oysters and pearls, and wagyu beef) but everything was delicious all around. We also got to go backstage and see the kitchen, which only serves to reassure you as to the time and thought put into your food.
Posted by Food Auditor on 07/03/2005
After waiting for two months and hearing endless stories of how great Per Se is I came to realize that all the hype was truly justified. Each course was eagerly anticipated and it did not disappoint. The dining room with its high ceilings and beautiful view of central park made it seem like I was dining in heaven. I have been to many of the fine restaurants in NY and at each one can say that there was one very memorable dish, however in Per Se every course was memorable. I realize that the price is steep however for one who really enjoys cuisine it is justified. I can't wait to go back, that is if I am able to get another reservation.
Posted by Kramer on 06/14/2005
The best food, the NICEST, FRIENDLIEST staff, and the magnificent dining room have made this my new candidate for the best restaurant in New York City. (A restaurant that can turn a Snicker's Bar into one of the most phenomenal desserts I have ever had already tells you something.) Absolutely worth the price.
Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2005
The food ranges from mediocre to good to very good but never memorable. The portions are tiny and one either goes hungry or fills up on bread and petits fours. I can only explain the Per Se phenomenon psychologically as an example of "cognitive dissonance," that when one spends that much for a meal, it is difficult to face the fact that it was not great.
Posted by bigoldfoodie on 05/05/2005
I had been trying for months to get a reservation at Per Se. I studied everything about Thomas Keller, the French Laundry, and tried unsuccessfully to learn every item on the menu before I went to Per Se. I am a huge foodie and really thought this would be the culmination of all my dining experiences. Now, I don't know if this was an off night, but I was really disappointed. I got the 9-course chef's tasting menu. I also got a bottle of wine which was excellent and I generally thought the wines and ports were excellent. The oysters and pearls and fois gras were UNBELIEVABLE-- literally the best I have ever had. And with the fois gras they kept replacing my toast so that it would be warm--I loved that! But after that the seared tuna on top of stir fried vegetables (which was dry, not well seasoned and generally bland), the lobster in a cream sauce (that was much too salty and the lobster was chewy), and the duck (which was tough to cut and not very flavorful) were completely disappointing. These three courses were totally average. After the duck came a slice of beef that was again, PHENOMENAL. Seasoned perfectly with perfect additions like lightly fried bone marrow, potato, and asparagus---it was a perfect dish. Then came the cheese with apricot and house made biscotti which were good, then the sorbet which was fine and then the dessert "snickers bar," which I was sorely disappointed with. The complimentary creme brulee and pot de creme were excellent and the chocolates after were good. I think dinner cost around $1200 with wine and port and I must say I was only BLOWN away by 3 of the 9 courses.
Posted by AlJrNYC on 04/18/2005
Food is great - but not a lot better than, say Wallse. Problems - not very many. Requested an anejo tequilla for a margarita and they didn't have one - only silver and a respado - not a big deal, but you'd expect anything here. Service great - no wine pairing a negative - just the right amount of food -- Go Back? Probably not for a while -
Posted by The Shep Family on 04/04/2005
The food is the finest anywhere ever. No doubt. The room and view are spectacular. Was it really worth it? We say probably not. You dine how Per Se wants you to dine. There are no options for you as a diner. It is $175.00 without tax, tip or beverages whether you choose the 9 course tasting menu, the 9 course vegetarian menu, or the 5 course menu. The price had gone up from $150.00 from the time we made our hard-to-get reservation. The only real flaw in our dining experience was that our Pinot was served refrigerator cold. It took almost an hour with lots of swirling and decanting for it to be the proper temperature. We were surprised that there wasn't a wine pairing offered with the tasting menus. Be prepared for LOTS of food. There are all kinds of goodies brought before and between courses. We counted 5 desserts/sweets at the end of the meal. Dining at Per Se is like a show and the food is absolutely a Mega-super star. There is even a tour of the kitchen following dinner and a chance to meet the chef. Amazing kitchen. We were all glad we went, but none of us feel the need to go back at those prices and there was just too much food! We would have liked to have had a 3 or 4 course option (that wasn't $175.00 - Per Se's favorite number).