Per Se, New York

Per Se offered me my best dining experience during my March New York City trip. Zero complaints with their food environment and service.

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Right before the city’s last bout of snow, the weather in New York was lovely. The view of the Central Park from the restaurant was just picture perfect. With such a good weather and peaceful environment, I decided on their 11-course tasting menu for lunch.

The meal starts with an aperitif and salmon tartar. You could tell the ingredients that went into it were amazingly fresh. Thomas Keller, has its own network with local farms in the US where he gets freshly produced vegetable, meat and cheese.

Service-wise, their staff are efficient and helpful. They don’t hover around your table while you’re having your meal, but they manage to attend to you almost immediately should you need anything. Simply being visible only when they need to be.

An 11-course meal is too heavy for a lunch, but it would be perfect for a slow dinner.

I have the fortune of scoring a kitchen visit – clean and tidy. It even has a television in the kitchen showing its sister restaurant – the French Laundry. If you’re looking for a place for a business or formal dinner, this is the place.

Per Se
Address: 4th floor, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York
Tel: +1 212-823-9335

Visited on: 23 March, 2012
Price: Tasting Menu: US$295
Hours: Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm & 10:30pm; Lunch: Friday-Sunday 11:30 – 1:30
Chef: Thomas Keller
Chef de Cuisine: Eli Kaimeh
Sommelier: Michel Couvreux

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