Last year Christina and I met up in New York City for Memorial Day week end, and we had the absolute best time. It was the first time I had been o NYC since I was 16, and I tried to fit everything into 4 days. We ate way more than was healthy, and the only regret I had was leaving the I Love Doughnuts shirt that I got for my son on a bench at #MadSqEats. But, if you can get through a weekend with the only bad thing being a lost t-shirt, then I think we can call it a success!
The food highlight of the trip last year was having lunch in the Salon at Per Se. My dad had given us $150 to treat ourselves, and we used every penny at lunch! It might seem a bit extreme (my dad was a little surprised when we called to thank him for the amazing lunch), but I’m here to tell you it was worth it!
Let me start by saying, if this is something you don’t think you would appreciate, then don’t do it! Everyone has their thing, and mine is food. I wouldn’t appreciate the value in a sports car or a super fancy pre-school, but eating out can make me cry when the food is that good! I will also say that we ate at the Salon and not the main dining room. We also didn’t drink any alcohol which would have easily doubled the bill. I would love to try the dining room, but I feel like that’s something that I should save and do with Doug!
The Salon at Per Se doesn’t accept reservations, and it’s only open for lunch on weekends. We made sure we showed up ten minutes before they opened and we were seated at a table looking directly out onto Columbus Circle and Central Park.
The service is beyond amazing. I don’t know how much water I drank because my glass was never empty! And even though this is one of the best restaurants in New York City, the servers were not at all snotty. Everyone that we talked to was gracious and personable.
When we went back to NYC a couple of weeks ago we debated eating at Per Se again. I didn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that we had the first time, so it was a dilemma. In the end, Christina and I decided to go back and try dinner. I will just say it was perfect. We did not get the table with the view, but I didn’t even notice.
The portion size at Per Se is small, but it doesn’t feel small. I ordered two dishes plus dessert, and there was a smoked salmon amuse bouche (amazing!), gougères, and bread. There was also an extra dessert tray that came after the dessert that we ordered. I ordered the duck foie gras appetizer and the lobster. For dessert I had the crème brûlée. Christina had the gelato for dessert, which she declared to be the best gelato ever!
All this is to say, if you find yourself in New York City celebrating any kind of special occasion, and you appreciate a delicious meal, Per Se is a restaurant that is well worth the hype.