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“Transcendent Dining!”
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Per Se
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Ranked #5 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 60th Street
Transit: 1,9,B,D,A,C to Columbus Circle
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We’ve experienced French Laundry on the West Coast as well and Per Se is just as divine, yet different. The creations are to die for and the service is impeccable. It’s not inexpensive, but if you’re a foodie, it’s so worth saving up for it. This is cuisine at it's apex.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Having been to The French Laundry several times, we were anxious to go to Per Se. We had a wonderful experience from begining to end.
Our seating was at 5:30 so when we arrived they were not open yet but we were warmly greeted and coats taken. When seated we were spoken to by all the staff that was ready to serve us. The main dining room looks out over Columbus Circle and has a great fireplace. We were seated on the upper tier. Initially I was disappointed we didn't have a window table but soon realized our view was better where we were.
The service, as at The French Laundry, was outstanding. Everyone loves their job there! So pleasant, friendly and totally unpretentious. The prix fixe menu is a bit pricey but everything was incredibly delicious, well timed and presented in a unique fashion.
My favorite was at the end we were offered to choose from a box of 24 pieces of candy. When it was presented, the server described each and every one. I asked him to go back a couple times and he never missed a beat. And the ones I chose were fantastic.
The grande finale was a tour of the amazing kitchen.
It was a very special evening that will not soon be forgotten.

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Reviewed March 12, 2014

A beautiful dining room and attentive staff with some French Laundry classic dishes worth visiting at least once for; Gougeres, Salmon Cones, Oysters & Pearls, Coffee & Doughnuts...

Some of the mains were a let down, the duck was served inexplicably without the pastrami accomponiment, the butter poached lobster had too much bite for our liking and my wife found the fish course a little underdone. Keep in mind that if you want the full experience and expect Oestra caviar, foie gras, truffles and Wagyu beef, you will need to pay extra for it and you will end up with a bill of closer to $800 per person for food alone before tax. With two half bottles of the most affordable options on the wine list and selective supplements, we left with a bill of close to $1300.

The large and boisterous tables of diners supported by expense accounts didn't add to the quiet and romantic nature of the dining room, but perhaps this is a Friday night issue as the clientele on a previous Saturday lunch were much more in keeping with the setting.

Despite the minor issues above, this is an unmissable fine dining experience, just be prepared to pay for it and don't expect the theatrics of similarly priced offerings at EMP and Alinea.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is not the first time we went to Per Se. So we knew what we were expecting and the bar was high. Service pace and staff attitude were irrepreensible. We heard that in one review from the sanitary inspection they got a "C" so without anybody mentioning it, we were invited to see the kitchen. Good marketing tool. It is still our best restaurant in NYC.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

This restaurant was absolutely amazing! From the excellent staff, presentation and taste, this is a restaurant not to be missed! We looked forward to what was coming out next! We weren't crazy about one of the courses, and they quickly prepared another. You won't regret it!

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