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Per Se
New American Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019, United States
4, 10 Columbus CircleUSNew YorkNew York10019
$$$$New American Restaurant, American Restaurant
New American Restaurant
American Restaurant
French Restaurant
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmSunday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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Chef Thomas Keller's New American restaurant offers luxe fixed-price menus with Central Park views.- Google
"AMAZING! The Oysters and Pearls might be the best thing I have ever eaten."
"The view was an aerial shot of Central Park on a comfortable couch."
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Bin Fang
a month ago
Per Se - it really needs no introduction. No. 11 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list. 3 Michelin stars. 29 rating in Zagat (30 is the highest, which indicates "perfection"). The accolades go on and on. Clearly one reserves Per Se for the most special of occasions-like our 2 year wedding anniversary! So did our meal live up to the expectations? The answer to that question is yes, in the way that a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House lives up to your expectations. What I mean by that is, you appreciate the level of skill and talent involved, you admire the beauty of your surroundings and you certainly don't regret having attended. But at the end of the day, you would prefer to let your hair down and go see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play at a smaller, scruffier venue. I think the problem was that the majority of the dishes weren't mind-blowingly good. For $295 a person, I would require that each course or at least the majority of them be spectacular. I wanted my taste buds to be completely won over and wanting more, but at the most they were slightly piqued and then lost interest. The meal started out on a very high note with the impressive "oysters and pearls" course, but it soon lost momentum as every subsequent dish failed to make a similarly memorable impression. Our 7-course tasting option played out as follows (traditional 9-course is $295, 7 is $235, 5 is $195): amuse bouche - gruyere cheese gougeres and salmon tartare cornets. outstanding 1st course - oysters and pearls was AMAZING. pearl tapioca in a decadent hollandaise-like sauce with exquisite caviar and oysters 2nd course - hearts of peach palm, solid, very light and refreshing 2nd course supplement option - duck foie gras. really dense and rich. served with a side of brioche. way too rich for me 3rd course - nova scotia lobster mitts, also excellent 4th course - guinea hen with smoked foie gras, good but not great 5th course - elysian fields lamb, again good but not great 6th course - spiced plum soda, a nice refreshing intermission from all the heavy proteins 7th course - dessert, we tried the malted banana and the raspberry financier. very old school in the preparation, elaborate plating and technique, solid flavors. good but did not leave me wanting more There are so many other in-between courses that make "7-course" a bit of an understatement. The dessert portion of the meal, for instance, is an elaborate, drawn-out affair where additional plates of macarons, chocolate truffles, donuts, iced caramel semifreddo, mini ice-cream sandwiches and a complimentary anniversary cake arrived unannounced alongside the single scheduled dessert. I imagine it's sort of how Katniss felt when she ate at the Capitol for the first time-mesmerized and bewildered by all the luxurious excess. At the end of the day, I'm extremely glad I went, but I won't return. It wasn't like my experience at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, another service-oriented, tasting-menu driven high-end restaurant, which blew me away with each course and seemed to have more soul than the technically perfect Per Se.
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eileen s. silvers
5 months ago
I have to say that I never thought I would write a negative review of Per Se but I was so shocked and disgusted by the prices that I feel compelled to do so. Leaving aside that $310 prix fixe for a vegetarian meal is completely ridiculous, however preciously prepared -- but the $310 for the regular tasting menu includes two supplementary charges - $75 for the caviar and $45 for the foie gras, and when I didn't order either of those I got a lengthy argument from the waiter that actually became embarrassing. As someone's guest I just didn't want to do that. And then there is the wine list -- there were exactly 4 white wines under $200 on the lengthy ipad (of course!) list and not very many more under $300. Most were in the upper hundreds and thousands and at least one was $12,000. I only glanced at the reds but it was similar. As I have my own wine cellar with well over 1000 bottles I could calculate the unbelievable markups on many of those wines. In any case no wonder people loathe the 1 per centers (and I am one). what a gross display of excess! ugh. Oh and they make a really lousy grey goose martini -- I guess that is beneath them.
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Adam Van Grover
5 months ago
Quite the experience - a bit biased, as this kind of food (I like to think of it as french - continental fusion... the seasonality and meat/vegetable offerings of NY, but the elevated concepts and heavy cream of french cooking) and this kind of dedicated staff service in a formal dining environment is what I look for in a splurge (and at ~$400/person, I view it as a must do, but can't afford kind of experience). The view was an aerial shot of Central Park on a comfortable couch. The iPad had 600+ pages of alcohol (which I could read for hours). Was greeted at the table with little munchie items, and had a customized menu to celebrate the occasion. Of the seven or so formal courses, I enjoyed them all - with scallops, quail and wagyu beef being the stand out proteins. The salad was served as a heart of palms gelatin which floored me, with its delicate presentation. Dessert was overwhelming, and even though I was already bloated I couldn't help myself - stand out truffles, a selection of chocolate candies, and a rich chocolate cake (as well as a bevy of other items - espresso, fresh donuts, grapes) - which I got to take home and eat for about a week afterwards... All in all it was one of the best dining experiences I've had, and if you enjoy this kind of service (which can be intimidating if you are used to informal or communal dining experiences) and this kind of food (which is quite heavy) there is no better in my opinion. Loved it.
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Tracy Kl
4 months ago
The staff and atmosphere was excellent. The food was delicious but the serving size was not equal to the prices. Wish I got a little more of that deliciousness.
Adam Dale
a month ago
Phenomenal dinner! The scallops that we started with were among the best I have ever enjoyed. I then ordered the Nova Scotia lobster, which was well worth it. You must enjoy this world renowned restaurant!
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Moni S
4 months ago
After reading some Yelp reviews, I booked a diner at Per Se. This is the best restaurant we have been in NYC. From Food to Decor to Service everything is just perfect. Our waiter recommended a nice bottle of white wine. Will definitely go back soon.
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Vincent Graham
4 months ago
The menu is filled with dishes you see nothing special here. The waitstaff is unprofessional. They knocked over our bottle of red wine, didn't refill water glasses and consistently brought utensils to the table after the food was brought to the table and I could go on and on! Our biggest disappointment came with dessert. We both ordered the pecan tart when we placed our entree orders, but just prior to the dessert course our waiter informed us they were out of the tart.
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Doug Simmons
4 months ago
Absolutely incredible night, from the food to the service. Extraordinarily expensive, but definitely worth it, especially when the in-laws are picking up the tab... Put this on your bucket list.