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10 Columbus Cir., 4th fl., New York, NY, 10019
at 60th St.
Has mellowed over the years
By garbanzo on 9/18/2006
Went to Per Se shortly after they reopened in May 2004 following their kitchen fire. My five-hour dinner was glorious, one of the best of my life. Service (especially the sommelier) was personal, knowledgeable, and yet not intrusive. The food was classic Keller. Returned for lunch a few weeks ago, and felt that it was still special, but the restaurant seems to (sadly) have lost a bit of its opening year excitement. OK, I can do without the salt lectures, but it seemed more like, um, a meal than a transcendent experience (and the bill was $867 for three with very little wine).
By Pirospaprika on 12/22/2005
I went to Per Se with some friends this Fall, 2005 and decided to go back for a special occasion with someone special. I made a reservation four months ahead of time, and a month later I was notified that they could no longer provide me with my reservation. So I called back and spoke with a rude and snobby hostess. I asked her to speak with the manager but she was unwilling to connect me to him. She lied and said that the manager wasn't in and that they will get back to me at their "convenience!". Although the food is excelent, the quality of service is not in alignement with the food quality.
Mind Blowing Experience
By Horse9 on 11/29/2005
One of the best fine dining experiences ever. We spent over $800 for two and it was worth every penny. I can't wait to try French Laundry! Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup was phenomenal. Very knowledgable Sommelier. Wine pairing with the 9 course tasting was outstanding. Could tell that the server was new. He was not up to par with the rest of the experience but his assistants more than made up for it and the end result was very solid service. Don't miss this culinary experience.
The Emperor's New Clothes, Per Se.
By PerSeSucks on 9/25/2005
A beautiful setting, and an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. But, what promised to be a four-hour dinner seemed to be a four-hour wait for food. The portions are outrageously small. A party of five, none of us were satiated at the end of the meal. Everybody at our table was used to French restaurants, but this was an insult fitting a candid camera show. Per Se should present each patron with a magnifying glass at the start of a meal. The bread was memorable because it was mostly what we ate. With all due respect, after a $2,000 dinner and 10 courses, people should at least leave on a full stomach. When the meal was through, we went to a different restaurant - one with food... The presentation is beautiful, the hype - supreme, and the miniatures on our plates tasted great (although not spectacular.) The desserts, too, were beautiful but bland. All in all, the worst money ever spent on a meal. If a four hour dinner of Hors D'oeuvres sounds good, this is the place for you. Per Se is puts on a great show, but don't go there hungry - there is no food in this restaurant.
By EnglishmaninNewYork on 9/25/2005
Great presentation, but as you say in America, where's the beef? Unimpressed by the 9-course meal, if one could call it a meal. Too little, too late. Rather go to Masa for an expensive, but worthwhile evening.
Mortgage the House, Sell the Kids but GO GO GO
By SpecialK on 8/3/2005
Words cannot capture the greatness. The food is magnificent, the setting superb and the staff perfect. We enjoyed every minute of the meal. Would recommend trying the wine tasting menu at least once as the staff does a great job of pairing its wines with its courses.
And the winner is!!!!!!
By serenity0055 on 3/27/2005
It's for the intellectual palate only. We went for lunch ($705) and it was worth every cent. If you can truly appreciate fresh ingredients cooked to PERFECTION then splurge at Per Se. The staff is kind, warm, and very attentive. Amazing culinary adventure, & I'm an amature (20-something).After all the wine pairing and nine courses the bill becomes simply just a number.
What did I miss?
By pk91 on 3/4/2005
I’m sorry, but I just don’t get all the praise. I found the flavors to be too subtle for my palate. Overall, the cuisine lacks the creativity of other top restaurants, and sometimes fails in execution. Is lukewarm food the new trend? Every one of our nine course tasting items was lukewarm. Here are some “lowlights”: tough lobster; veal that needed salt; dried-out, tasteless pork belly; dry banana bread; and cold beignets for dessert. I can think of a bunch of top New York restaurants that I would rather spend my money at—and with Per Se at $175 per person; I can go twice to them.
By ellenost on 3/2/2005
Even though it's difficult to get a reservation, it's definitely worth the effort. Per Se is one of the best restaurants. Marvelous food and service. We had the 5 course dinner, and everything was terrific. Wonderful touch is the selection of after dinner chocolates.
Per Se beats the hype
By takman on 10/20/2004
Very rarely does a restaurant with so much hype live up to expectations. Per Se exceeded it. Every course, every bite was a delite. We had the 5 course tasting menu. Each course is no more than a morsel for the average Joe, but the intricate, subtle flavors that abound are impossible to describe. A particular treat was a dollop of banana ice cream and curry dusted rice krispies atop a foam of milk. What a wild concoction? It was delightful. The only thing that is hard to swallow is the price. One would be hard-pressed to keep it under $500 for 2 people.
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