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Per Se

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Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Cir., 4th fl., New York, NY 10019 40.767708 -73.982284
at 60th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-823-9335 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, French
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ****

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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    27 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by RJ Mickelson/Veras for New York Magazine

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Official Website

perseny.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sun, 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle

Prices

prix-fixe $295

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

The French Laundry is widely touted as the best restaurant in America, and Per Se seems to have been conceived, rather self-consciously, as its august big-city sibling. The rooms, which look out across the treetops of Central Park, feel grand but mildly antiseptic. The main dining room is colored, by the designer Adam Tihany, in muted tones of gray and brown, and decorated, at either end, with towering arrangements of flowers, and a working fireplace allows for fireside dining. The hyperattentive and hyperinformed wait staff are dressed in starchy dark suits and fat Armani ties, and as they troop silently to and fro in the ghostly evening light, the whole scene looks elegant but solemn and vaguely stagy, like a studious California version of what a first-class New York restaurant should be. There’s nothing stagy or solemn about the food, however, which is beautifully conceived, elegantly presented (on a new Thomas Keller line of dishes by Raynaud), and as varied as the colors of the rainbow. The menu, which changes daily, is a jumble of bite-size tastings, the most modest of which involves five courses, including cheese and dessert.

Prix-Fixe Menu

Nine-course vegetable tasting; nine-course chef's tasting, $295

Best Meal Under $350
Get the prix-fixe at Per Se. Begin with "Oysters and Pearls," and be sure to save room for the "Coffee and Doughnuts" dessert.

Recommended Dishes

Cappuccino of forest mushrooms; oysters and pearls; chaud-froid; bacon and eggs; macaroni and cheese; snails; scallops; boeuf grillee; creamsicle; coffee and doughnuts

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