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“Wow. Fabulous. Best Ever. But now, some practical information.”
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Ranked #5 of 13,823 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 60th Street
Transit: 1,9,B,D,A,C to Columbus Circle
Birmingham, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Wow. Fabulous. Best Ever. But now, some practical information.”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Rather than dealing in superlatives (all of which are totally appropriate), we learned a few practical things that may be helpful to other people.
RESERVATIONS:
Follow the website's directions for making reservations. As of this time, call in at precisely 10:00 AM exactly 30 days before the day you want to visit. Be prepared to dial over and over until you get through and then, to be on hold for a while. The reservation agent will ask you if you are celebrating a special occasion or if you have dietary restrictions. We noted several tables remarking about their custom menus reflecting the occasion as well as some desserts with candles, so it is worth letting them know.
THE MEAL:
The meal (assuming 9 courses [$295]) will last at least three hours and perhaps as many as four. We opted for a lunch reservation. The menu is not identical from one seating to the next, but the whole nine course experience is available at lunch (as well as five [$195] and seven [$235] course options). I am not sure that the "smaller" meals are available at dinner. I am also not sure that diners at the same table could select different numbers of courses.
There is are regular and vegetable tasting menus available. I don't eat red meat. I did not quiz the server on each and every ingredient of each dish, but there was just one course on the "regular" menu that clearly included red meat. I was allowed to substitute a vegetable menu item for the meat course.
The "supplements" are worth it. As good as the food is, the supplement my husband opted for that included truffles was amazing.
THE WINE/BEVERAGES:
The wine list is daunting and some of the prices are off the charts. The list can be located online. Look at it before you visit. While there is no set wine pairing price, we gave the server a per person range (we used $250, but a lower number should work too) and asked for pairings. They were excellent and included champagne, a few half bottles, a number of great "tastes" of wine and some dessert wines. The pairings and explanations were excellent. We asked for and were given a printed list of the wines.
Also, the restaurant offered never-ending, house made bottles of carbonated water. If you prefer bubbles over flat, just ask.
THE DESSERTS:
After the regular meal and the regular desserts, there is a presentation of caramels, macaroons and fudge. We were terribly full and could not enjoy them. When I told the server that I was going to "steal" the wrapped caramels, she offered to package all of it "to go". The package was delivered to us as we left.

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Wow”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

What a fantastic restaurant. The food, the service, the wine all to die for. Every course was an amazing taste bud experience. Don't expect to go in for a cheap meal, definitely worth saving up for. The whole experience of eating here was just perfect. Looking forward to going back

  • Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Incredible food, service & views”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

When I tried to write my reviews, I simply can't find "fresh" vocabulary (after reading thru other people's comments) to describe our amazing experience. It is really really very good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Bowral, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“An unforgettable experience!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I cannot speak highly enough of our fabulous experience at this restaurant. The food was excellent, service amazing, window view spectacular, ambience magnificent. Whoever left hungry and found the service average must have been at another restaurant as there is not one single thing, person or item I can fault this renowned establishment! Pay a bit extra for the foie gras as it is fabulous. Ask for a table by the window as it overlooks Columbus Circle which is spectacular. There is reasonable parking just beyond the circle, a 2 min walk to Per Se. Our kitchen tour was magnificent. Definitely a must do in NYC! Per Se is not pretentious or over the top, it is excellent food, prepared magnificently & served by amazing staff. Enjoy!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Gloria Jean R
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Coimbra, Portugal
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“"Crème de la Crème"”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

It's one of the best Restaurants in the world " 11 position in The World's 50 best Restaurants Awards " .
Per Se cuisine is contemporary, French-US and the standout dish is Sant Jacques en Croûte de Pomme de Terre was outstanding !!!

  • Visited June 2013
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