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Per Se
Per Se

Per Se Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.perseny.com
  • Email: reservations-perse@perseny.com
  • Phone: (212) 823-9335
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Keller
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 60th Street
  • Public Transit: 1,9,B,D,A,C to Columbus Circle
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Lots nearby and street parking is also available.
A word from Per Se
Per Se, the much-anticipated restaurant from renowned chef Thomas Keller, debuted in February 2004 in the Time Warner Center complex at Columbus Circle. With striking views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, the dining room is a rare blend of open space and easy intimacy, discreet drama and understated luxury. Offering a 64-seat dining room, a 10-seat private dining room, a lounge, a bar and wine cellar, all presented in a palette of warm neutrals and natural elements, Per Se will refine and redefine the dining experience.

For dinner, Per Se offers two prix fixe tasting menus for $310; a 9 course Tasting of Seasonal Vegetables or the 9 course Chef’s Tasting Menu, which changes daily. We also offer a five, seven and nine-course menu during lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $205, $245 and $310 respectively.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food not as good as Daniel's and Lê bernardin's and Brooklyn fare and per Se price is like twice as those not too worth will not go again"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Booked per se, bernadin and eleven madison park for the last NY trip and expected all to be at the same level, was terribly disappointed with per se. The food itself was too salty in general and not memorable in flavours, waiters showed rudeness when criticized (although there was a few that was very friendly, the 2 rude waiters tending to our table just dragged it down), food was overpriced (around double the other fine dining restaurants). They didn't have a proper wine pairing but they chose a few half-bottles that went throughout the dinner. food plus wine ended up being about 700 dollars per person. Also, not a fan of how they include the service in the price without breaking it down, and just wrote 'service included'. so tricky!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Despite all the hype, we really had no specific expectations except it would be a treat to dine here - and it was. Food was incredible with such intense flavors and unexpected combinations; each successive course amazingly better than the last one. I am not a steak person but the beef course was my absolute favorite, perfectly seasoned and medium-rare with a morrel I've never had the pleasure to eat before. Least favorite was the cheese course of goat "cheesecake" as the texture was not to my liking. Service is the best I've ever experienced, better than French Laundry, tho that was 14 years ago. Wine suggestions were on point, enhancing the dishes very well. Overall, a wonderful and memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Of course the food was sublime. The view, heaven over earth. But the service....OUTSTANDING! Attentive yet subdued. Quiet and stealth. Serreptitious in a good way. Courteous, warm and connected. These aren't the snobbish, dramatically breathless waiters who describe every morsel on your plate (including it's sourcing) in excruciating, conversation-squelching detail.(a little take home booklet with those details are provided in your goody bag). We had a time constraint. Yes, we were aware it was a 9 course meal. But our wait staff was relaxed and accommodating. The meal was served beautifully and paced perfectly. (Kudos to the kitchen on that as well). Per se feels like you're relaxing with friends while being treated like royalty. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Compared to Bouchon, where I have had several excellent meals, Per se was a bit of a let down. While everything was well cooked, carefully prepared and beautifully presented, the overall impression left on me was one of lack of clarity. I think in general, having had several "less than" experiences with tasting menus, that at least for me, tasting menus are just not the way to go. Too many different foods that do not digest well together. I think that the era of the tasting menu is going to be over soon, and that is a good thing..."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Having lunch at PerSe was totally great and I will try this again whenever I can."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Despite difficulties in landing a reservation (for 2 impossible, but for 4 obtainable) it was worth it. The restaurant lived up to its hype. The 5-course lunch tasting (especially because there are an equal number of dessert courses) was more than enough food even with delicate serving sizes. The food itself was imaginative without being too cute. The service was welcoming, not stuffy. Kudos to Andy the helpful sommelier and the other wait staff. The room is lovely, with generous spacing between tables to allow for conversation, and simple decor that is elegant and clever (note the laundry symbols on the lampshades) but doesn't overpower the purpose of a restaurant - food and socializing."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "One of the true gems of the dining world. In spite of the fabulous food we were made to feel as welcoming and comfortable as a family member. All questions were answered with charm and warmth. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food is just perfect. Some dishes were super perfect. Well, how can one judge a 3 star restaurant. I've got no special skill for that. According to my developing taste it all was very enjoyable experience. The location and the view is also something to go for. One might feel uncomfortable if not native speaker, but, I guess, this is another story."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Extremely expensive but worth every penny. The 9 course menu is actually more like 15 courses - they just keep bringing more and more amazing food! Incredibly accomodating and pleasant staff (there are about 2 waiters per person). Don't fill up on the delivious bread - save some room for the 4 dessert courses!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great overall experience, superb service and surroundings. Tasting menu starts off great but fizzles a bit at the end. Not that anything was bad, by any stretch of the imagination - but maybe my expectations were too high. The wagyu they servied for a $1oo. supplement was terrific but you will have to decide for yourself if an extra 1.5 oz is worth the money. Dessert is weak compared with the rest of the meal, and the wafers in a little carrying case presented at the end could have been from Stop and Shop."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Everything about the dining experience was top notch, starting from the beautful blue doors to the picture taking of our party as we left. The food was incredible, the service was incredible, the wine was incredible. We loved every single thing about it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Overall Per Se delivers a memorable and special experience, with amazing service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The best meal I have ever had. Aside from being delicious, the food is creative and fun. Service and wine picks were excellent."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday with our family, and the team at Per Se ensured a warm and memorable afternoon. Right away, we relished that they had printed the menus with my wife's name and birthday---making it feel personal. Throughout, the waiters and sommelier were attentive and professional while staying personable and down-to-earth. We savoured each delectable course (!), and while we spent hours chatting so we were the last to leave, we never felt pressured. With beautiful views over the park, and generously spaced tables, the restaurant is conducive to romance, business or friendly reunions commemorating a special occasion. Of course, the tab is steep (gulp) and the food is plentiful (I'm still working it off), and worth it!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was my second time at Per Se and both times it was such a lovely experience from start to finish. The food is exquisit and beautifully prepared. The ambiance is wonderful, service is top knotch. I was very impressed by the sommlier, I had a larger table so we were able to do more bottles than when I was just with my husband, they were fantastic and had amazing recommendations. The preparation of each item is so impressive, everything is cooked so wonderfully. The langostines are one of the greatest things I have ever eaten. I highly recommend this as a special occasion meal or anytime you wish to have a truly memorable meal."
    Dined on 5/6/2013
  • "Everthing about our lunch experience was outstanding, including the ambiance, the food, and the serviced. This was indeed a special experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on Saturday, and took wonderful brunch. All the dishes were absolutely fabulous, but we felt fish and meat dishes a little salty. Anyway, it was fantastic! We love various kind of texture. Thank you"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "To find a last minute booking was a plus. Dining here is an experience and describing it from my opinion probably won't do it justice. The view is amazing! All tables that I saw faced Columbus Circle, adding to a nice romantic evening. This place is a must if you are a foodie and want to go all out. Excellent!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My husband has been wanting to go to Per Se since before we moved to NYC so I finally managed to get a reservation to celebrate his birthday. (Bonus: got the reservation for ON his birthday!) The only available spot on OpenTable was for the very first seating at 5:30pm so we got to watch the sky turn to night and the city lights come on as we made our way through the 9 amazing courses. In the notes on my OpenTable reservation I mentioned that it was Hubby's birthday and they printed us special menus with "Happy Birthday Andrew" at the top which they also gave us to take home. The food was phenomenal, as one expects, but it was the attention to small details like that which made the experience even better!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We travalled from Virginia to have lunch at Per Se...well worth the trip. Although pricey we intend to visit again on special occasions."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I had a wonderful dinner at Per Se. The food was excellent and the service was over the top. However, I've been to other restaurants with outstanding Prix Fixe menus and attentive service that were circa $250 including wine pairings. I'm so happy to have experienced Per Se but I can't really justify the price tag."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Everything seemed wonderful to me. The place lived up to its reputation."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was good but the service didn't live up to the standard. The waiter gave wrong explanation about the food, forgot to bring out our drink, and when he did bring it out, he had his finger touching the ice in the bucket. He wasn't even friendly and just an amateur. I believe people expect an experience when going to these kind of restaurants and our waiter just didn't deliver that. There are other 3 star restaurants that do better than this one. Very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend if you are looking for a special evening."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Very disappointed,never had such a poor diner in a3*michelin restaurant!price/Quality not good at all,way too expensive!basic cooking not high level at all!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Valentine's Day lunch at Per Se: never failing but to be thrilled by the confidence and poise of the welcoming staff and the necessity of simply letting it all unfold like a fabulous meringue. Three hours of undisguised gourmet-greed, continuous murmurs of appreciation and surprise as further flavours were detected as we savored raw oysters in lemon mustard egg crème with truffle, hot light pastries with cheese centres, succulent sweet butter, meaty rich poulet et l'agneau entrees; desserts were more light than dark with chocolate taking a back seat in favor of meringues and various crèmes. Divine. Then the small basket of truffles and chocolates to take home which we devoured all weekend. One of the great, great eating experiences."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A world-class experience in all respects. Uniquely delicious food, gracious and warm service, elegant decor and unusual thoughtfulness - they called me the day before the reservation to ask if we were celebrating a special occasion and ask if anyone had food allergies. I told them it was my father's birthday and they asked for hs name. I was surprised to see that our menus had birthday wishes and his name at the top (and they modified the menu to adapt for our one lactose intolerant guest). I have been to other michelin 3-star restaurants and grandes tables du monde on multiple continents, but this experience was distinguished even among those. Just sublime."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "incredible food, service, wine and bill! still hard to know if it was "worth" $600/person, but it was memorable and makes me glad i put up with a job i don't love! they really couldn't do anything any better than they do it at per se!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Second time at Per Se and it lives up to the hype every time. Hands down my favorite place in the world to celebrate special occasions and never disspoints."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I live in Manhattan and eat out 4 to 5 times a week, so with all the great restaurants in NY, not much impresses me anymore....until Per Se. What can I say; a perfect balance of food, ambience and service! and quite possibly one of the best meals of my life."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "An experience not to be forgotten! Everyone should dine here at least once in their lifetime!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This was my fourth time at Per Se in 18 months, it only gets better. The staff remembers you and the Sommelier really help guide you on wine selection. The experience is great from cocktails in the salon to dinner to leaving with a brief dinner tour. Make sure you set aside at least three and half hours to really enjoy diner."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Per Se raises the bar among great restaurants. Its menu changes daily and the creativity, skill in execution, and attention to detail is extraordinary. For example, their butter is sourced from one farm in Vermont that makes butter only for Per Se and its brother restaurant French Laundry. We are vegetarians and the creativity in presenting and plating dishes for vegetarians makes, for us, a restaurant par excellence. There was one risotto and truffle dish that was simply sublime. I could have enjoyed at least two more. Another carrot dish was wrapped in a pretzel brioche like a beef wellington. Everyone has heard how wonderful this restaurant is, experiencing it brings you to another echelon."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Food, attention and plate presentation are great and worth every dollar"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We have eaten at some of the best rated restaurants in the world. Per Se is sublime and excellent . I believe it to be one of the best in the world"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Per Se is perfect. From the moment one enters the lovely dining room, you walk into excellence. Yes, the prices tilt to the upper end, but the price includes service (likely, you will want to add something more for your servers). The views, the ambiance, the space between tables, et. al., are parts of the whole, but the cuisine is magical. The wine list offers both high end and reasonably priced wines that complement any course, so go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time, the staff is so entertaining and food is fabulous. Definitely recommend the tasting menu!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I cannot say enough about the quality of service provided, the staff were very courteous and extremely knowledgeable about all the dishes served. Easily the best dining experience to date!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Everything about lunch at Per Se was splendid, from the moment we were greeted until the moment we left. The food is totally original but without being the least bit precious or forced, and the service is remarkably attentive and friendly without ever seeming intrusive or fake-intimate. One of the greatest food-related experiences one could have. Yes it's expensive, but it take a lot of very skilled labor to make an experience like this."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Great food preparations, outstanding service, overpriced wine list."
    Dined on 11/23/2013