At least, I had an incredible experience in 2012. Perhaps some things have been off lately? Could be, but I do know my dinner was impeccable and for that, they deserve all the credit.
Nestled on the 4th floor of the shops at Columbus Circle is this NYC gem. Nah, screw gem, this is a huge obnoxious rare diamond! I went for lunch on a Friday. The outside seating area was all empty and the grand dining area with a view was completely full. It is a great idea to go during the day because the view is to die for. We were lucky to score a window seat although the view is really seen anywhere you sit. Right away I noticed something was missing and this nagged me the entire time. NO MUSIC. It is SO eerily quiet to the point that it's almost uncomfortable. There is a SSHH factor there. It makes you speak in very hushed tones and that's hard for the 2 Cubans at our table (me being one of them!). All kidding aside, it was just too quiet. A little jazz would have been appropriate and thoroughly enjoyable. Service was perfect and seamless at all times.
The lunch kicked off with their Gruyere balls and their salmon tartare (which I recognize from my visit to French Laundry a couple of years ago). Exactly the same and just as delicious as the first time! We then had the citrus hamachi which was just amazing. So fresh and perfectly seasoned. In between we indulged in several of their Parker House rolls. Those are decadent and to die for.
I had the bacon wrapped scallops as my main course which was tasty (but could have been hotter) and our friends had the lamb and veal. All were excellent. Even though it was lunch time, everyone still dressed nice and elegantly including jackets and ties for the men.
Just when we were half joking that this meal was quite fast compared to that at Eleven Madison (and all their surprise tasty supplements) they started serving us dessert sweets and treats from all angles. Hi. Have we met? I have a huge sweet tooth. Truffles, chocolates, macaroons, donuts...sigh. Simply delightful. It was a wild Keller tribute to Willy Wonka done oh so well. The cappuccino and the smooth foam is just as photographed and even better in person. There has to be some magic going on to get it that perfect. Needless to say, we were swooned.
Their corkage fee is pretty steep at $ 90.00 ($35.00 at Eleven Madison) and just like my gripe with Le Bernadin, the wine list is outrageously priced. To splurge on a meal is one thing. To splurge on a wine that is $150.00 at the wine shop and $ 400.00 here is absurd. But I digress, back to my happy dessert place.
I really loved this restaurant and our experience here.
I went to Per Se about 2 years ago. It was my first time to go to Michelin 3-star restaurants in New York, so I was so excited. Of course, I knew expensive but it was an investment for me because I could know how the highest level of restaurants were. We spent about 4 hours for lunch because there were a lot of dishes. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed the dishes so much. The only memorable dish was "oysters and pearls". The atmosphere and service were amazing. We could see the kitchen after eating. They looks well-trained.
It's difficult to go again because of the high price, but I want to go again someday.
I'm not really one for fancy french food - I'd much prefer a food truck or a sloppy BBQ place! However, even as someone who thought they wouldn't really enjoy this place, I absolutely adored it. The decor is absolutely beautiful with a minimalist look that carries throughout the entire place, even to the plating of the food. Everyone that works here is very nice, and the portions are generous without being garish.
NYC Foodie Girl's Top Foodie Picks --that's a hard topic! I'm asked a lot, "So, you write a blog about food - what's your number one place?" "Where should I go for the best NY pizza?" "Where can I have a romantic dinner?"
This happens often, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite spots in a series of posts, focusing on Manhattan, since this is where I primarily dine and know best.
This is my first post regarding Luxury Romantic Dining options - my top 3 picks. Your comments and feedback are welcome!
These are in no particular order, but here it goes:
Luxury Romantic Dining - NYCFG Picks the Top 3 for Manhattan - New York City:
Per Se - 10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center complex at Columbus Circle)
This restaurant makes you feel like you're a millionaire. Its white table cloths and service leaves you wanting for nothing and trust me, nothing is overlooked here. When you dine at this establishment, you won't feel like there are others in the room - you have very attentive service and the view is almost as delicious as the cuisine! Truly a special occasion restaurant.
Be sure to break out the Louboutins and wear all the accoutrements for a luxury evening out. And FYI: This is not for the weak wallet!
Read more Luxury Romantic Dining - NYCFG Picks the Top 3 for Manhattan - New York City: http://www.nycfoodiegirl.com/2014/07/nycfgs-foodie-picks-top-3-luxury.html
Per Se has perfect atmosphere for a special occasion. It's very fancy. I enjoyed four-hour course. I was super full when I left the place and I also got some macarons to take home with me. All customers dress nice. Servers are friendly and my friend cannot eat but they prepared special plate for him. I never forget the amazing experience.
Per Se 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (212) 823-9335
Chef: Thomas Keller
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Famous Dishes: Pear & Oyster
Occassion: I was here for lunch on Sunday
What I had: 5 course $205 ( service included )
Michelin: Three stars
PEARLS ” “Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
SLOW POACHED HUDSON VALLEY MOULARD DUCK FOIE GRAS
Oat ”Crisp,” Bing Cherries, Hakurei Turnips Sicilian Pistachios and Frisée Lettuce
Served with Toasted Brioche
Some of salts are more than 130 years old. Assorted sea salts for above dish
for SLOW POACHED HUDSON VALLEY MOULARD DUCK FOIE GRAS
“BAVAROIS” OF HAWAIIAN HEARTS OF PEACH PALM Cope’s Corn “Tuile,” Garden State Peaches, Hass Avocado and Red Veined Arugula
GEORGES BANK SEA SCALLOP
Matsutake Mushrooms Squash Blossoms Coin Onions Crispy Young Ginger and Bonito ”Consomme”
”PAVE DE SAINT – PIERRE”
Heirloom Tomatoes, Caramelized Fennel, Picholine Olives and ”Billi Bi”
”COQ AU VIN”
Chanterelle Mushrooms Melted King Richard Leeks Sweet Carrots and Red Wine Vinegar Sauce
”COQ AU VIN”
Chanterelle Mushrooms Melted King Richard Leeks Sweet Carrots and Red Wine Vinegar Sauce
Black Mission Fig with Thomcord Grape Gelée, Fennel Pollen Génoise, and Tellicherry Pepper Pastry Cream
VON TRAPP BROTHERS’ “OMA ”
Banana – Walnut ”Madeleine, ” Celery Branch and Maple – Banyuls Gastrique
Ah, Per Se, the culinary temple for gastronomes. The quintessential 4-Star restaurant. Many people, including Sam Sifton, former restaurant critic of the NY Times, call Per Se the best restaurant in New York City. Well, I was lucky enough to snag one of their 16 tables, three Sundays ago, and see for myself. Is Per Se the best restaurant in NYC? That is all subjective. Is Per Se amazing? Sure. Is it magical? Absolutely.
Per Se is one of the most amazing dining experiences you will ever have. But, it comes at a price. $295, including tip and tax. The setting is truly inspired, all tables overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. It's stunning. Beautiful. The food is exquisite, complex, 4-star all the way. The service is impeccable.
We started with two amuses; a small puffed pastry filled with gruyere and a cone of salmon tartar and créme fraiche. Both of these babies were bites of pure joy. The salmon tartar cone, a gourmet version of bagels and lox. Ingenious and loveable.
Next up came Per Se's most famous dish; "Oysters and Pearls". "Sabayon" of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon of Caviar. I could see why it is their most famous dish. It was one of the best dishes I had ever eaten. Mind-blowing. Did I have a culinary orgasm? Multiple.
Ruby Beet Tart, Sunchoke "Bavarois", Toasted Hazelnuts, Belgian Endive, and Navel Orange Coulis, was very nice. A unique way to serve salad
Potato Crusted Mediterranean Lubina, with Pickled Onion Petals, Fork Crushed New Crop Potatoes, Hen Egg Emulsion and Whole Grain Mustard, was perfectly delicious. Great flavor and texture combined. My dining companion had her orgasm with this dish.
Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster, with Sugar Pie Pumpkin Purée, Honey Poached Cranberries, Caramelized Gingerbread, and Brown Butter, was fabulous. A truly sexy dish. That gingerbread took this dish to another level. Unfathomable greatness.
Maine Matsutake Mushroom Porridge; Cracked Koshihikari Rice, Braised Makombu, Sour Apple, Cilantro, and Bonito Emulsion, was out of this world. A mushroom dish like no other. Magic in a bowl.
Four Story Hill Farms's Guinea Hen, with Glazed Parsnip, Chestnut Mousseline, and "Sauce Périgourdine", was tasty, juicy, and splendid.
Snake River Farms' "Calotte De Boeuf", with "Plat de Cotes", Turnips, Sweet Carrots, Watercress, and "Créme de Moelle", was beef heaven. Tender, elegant, wonderful.
Slow Roasted Elysian Fields Farm's Lamb Neck, with Pearl Barley, Glazed Salsify, Sultanas, and Parsley Purée, was a complexity of deliciousness. A medley of lamb wonderment.
Next came the cheese course. Meadow Creek Dairy's "Grayson", with Cauliflower Gratin, Black Winter Truffle, and Applewood Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette. I loved this! Playful and superb. Fantastic!
Desserts at Per Se are playful, unique, mind-blowing, and truly awesome!
Coconut Sorbet, with Marinated Pineapple, Young Coconut Water, and Pineapple Chips, was a gourmet Piña Colada. Ingenious and amazing.
"Purple Cow", Grape Soda, Vanilla "Génoise", Carmelized Fillo Chips, and Grape Sherbet, was grapedy grape greatness!
"S'mores", Dark Chocolate Torte, Vanilla Marhsmallow, Candied Peanuts, and Caramel Ice Cream, another winner. Can I have s'more please?
After dessert is more dessert. The best chocolates I had ever had are served in a fancy box at Per Se. Each one filled with different and original flavors. I would have eaten every single one of them if I hadn't had over 10 courses beforehand. "Wow" was all I could think.
Maybe some donuts would make you happy? Sure.
Or some truffles and macarons? Lay it on me.
Phew. That was a lot of food. So, is all this food the Best in NYC? Who knows. It depends really what you are into. I will tell you that if money is no object to you, then go for it. It will be one of the most magical dining experiences you will ever have. But, if you ask me, would I ever crave Per Se? No. This is a very pricey, special occasion restaurant. I crave New Malaysia Restaurant in Chinatown, or Pam Real Thai, in Hell's Kitchen.
Another visit to my favorite restaurant in New York City! gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Wine Pairing 1: Mot & Chandon, Dom Prignon, pernay 2004.
Complimentary Course: NOVA SCOTIA LOBSTER "CHOWDER"- Yukon gold potato "blini" & applewood smoked bacon gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Wine Pairing 2: Domaine Bernard Defaix, "Vaillons," Chablis Premier Cru, Burgundy France 2013
OYSTERS & PEARLS- "Sabayon" of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters & California Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Complimentary Course: PACIFIC ABALONE- "Falafel," Garbanzo Beans, Hearts of Romaine Lettuce & Mint Yogurt gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Wine Pairing 3: Gonzales Byass, Palo Cortado, VORS, "Apostles," Jerez MV
Complimentary Course: FRENCH LAUNDRY HEN EGG CUSTARD- "Ragot" of Black Winter Truffles gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny niloumotamed kkrader
Wonderful Bread Selection along with Per Se's Vermont Animal Farm Butter exclusive to Per Se & French Laundry (only 10 cows in total) and Assorted Salts from around the world- baguette, sourdough, multigrain, pretzel gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Wine Pairing 4: Kirlyudvar, "Cuve Ilona," Tokaji, Hungary 2008
SAUTED HUDSON VALLEY MOULARD DUCK FOIE GRAS- Celery Root Cream, Wilted Arrowleaf Spinach, Medjool Dates, Toasted Hazelnuts & "Jus de Canard" gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Wine Pairing 5: Franz Hirtzberger, Riesling, Smaragd, "Singerriedel," Spitz, Wachau Austria 2013
ATLANTIC MONKFISH "EN PICATTA"- Caramelized Artichoke Pure, Spring Garlic & Picholine Olive Tapenade gals #NoLeftovers gastronogram infatuation foodandwine nytfood eater_ny
Per Se is a Michelin acclaimed restaurant that serves French food. They are located in Manhattan in Hell's Kitchen on Columbus Circle. This restaurant has a four and a half star rating with many reviews in the four and five star range.
Many reviewers really enjoy the food that is served at this particular restaurant. In particular they really like the oysters and pearls among other dishes that are served at this restaurant. Many reviewers say the food is priced well and the portions are very good for the prices.
As for the ambience of this particular restaurant, many reviewers say that it is intimate with an average noise level. Reviewers say this restaurant is a good place to bring groups but not a great place for children. Many reviewers comment that it can get quite congested during the dinner hours.
Many reviewers say that the staff at this restaurant is very friendly and kind. They also comment that the staff will greet you at the doors and will give suggestions when asked what they should order. This restaurant takes reservation and accepts multiple forms of payment.