Last year, I went to NYC with someone I recently established a relationship with to celebrate our new union. At the last minute, we were removed from the waiting list and asked if I wanted the last table at 9:30. After just making a reservation at Jean-Georges, I didn't hesitate to say yes, without conferring with my new boyfriend--a reservation at per se is hard to get on such short notice.
We arrive in New York (my home) the day after gay marriage in New York State was passed--the energy throughout the city was electric, and I could not wait to experience every minute the city had prepared for us. When we arrived at per se, we were escorted to what looked liked the back of the restaurant--I was not to happy. When we took our seats, we realized that we were seated at the front of the window looking over Columbus Circle; Christopher's finger pointing right at us.
The next thirteen courses were something out of a gastronomic fantasy. The foie gras course was so precise, that I had to tell our server to stop bringing warm brioche--we weren't in a rush. His only reply was, "very well." Our wine recommendations could have been better, and the waygu was like butter in our mouths. The service was so smooth, that at times, we didn't notice that they were there. At one point during or experience, I noticed that we were the only two diners remaining in the room--but we were never rush.
At the end of the meal, I was asked if I wanted to tour the kitchen, as I am in the industry. However, I was informed that I has just missed the chef's meeting. They didn't want to interrupt our coffee as they realized we were in our own world.
Per se uped the anty from The French Laundry. My partner and I are getting married in San Francisco in May 2014 when I finish graduate school, in Bosotn, before moving to Hamburg. We are seriously considering having are last American meal at per se, before starting our new chapter in Hamburg.
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