New York City: Per Se (***, #30)

Per Se is the sister restaurant of the legendary The French Laundry in Napa Valley and I was lucky enough to be blessed with a reservation at this Thomas Keller-touched institution. An opportunity like this don’t come often, so I went all out and did the four to five hours long extended tasting menu!

Per Se - Oysters and Pearls

If I were to travel for an “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”, be cultured, have an appreciation of top tier cooking techniques, and last but not least – just spoil myself with fine ingredients, out of all the Michelin star restaurants I visited, my experience at Per Se would undoubtedly on top of the list.

Per Se was probably the best looking restaurant I’ve been to in New York. It was small – sixteen tables – on the fourth floor of Time Warner Center overlooking the Columbus Circle with the New York skyline in the background. If you are going to be here for hours, you might as well get a view to look at.

Escalators to Per Se. So excited when I was on these escalators!
Per Se - Escalator to Foodie Heaven!

Entrance. Replica of the doors in The French Laundry.
Per Se - Famous Blue Doors

Butter. One of them was supposed to be hand made.
Per Se - Butter

Matcha. Imported from Japan exclusively for Thomas Keller.
Per Se - Matcha

Per Se - Petit Four

Marcona Almond Sorbet.
Per Se - Marcona Almond Sorbet

Oysters and Pearls. Thomas Keller’s signature dish…a dish I will remember for the rest of my life.
Per Se - Oysters and Pearls

Citrus Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout.
Per Se - Citrus Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout

Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crab.
Per Se - Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crab

Hen Egg Custard. Absolutely stunning. Every spoonful was like truffles exploding in my mouth.
Per Se - Hen Egg Custard

Spring Lamb Offal.
Per Se - Spring Lamb Offal

Spring Lamb Offal. Love the smoky flavor.
Per Se - Spring Lamb Offal

Salad of Fried Green Tomatoes.
Per Se - Salad of Fried Green Tomatoes

“Pave” of Mediterranean Lubina.
Per Se - "Pave" of Mediterranean Lubina

Maine Sea Scallop “Tart”.
Per Se - Maine Sea Scallop "Tart"

Four Story Hill Farm’s Poularde.
Per Se - Four Story Hill Farm's Poularde

Elysian Fields Farm’s Spring Lamb.
Per Se - Elysian Fields Farm's Spring Lamb

Jasper Hill Farm’s “Willoughby”. Who knows cheese and beets went so well together.
Per Se - Jasper Hill Farm's "Willoughby"

Chamonile Granite.
Per Se - Chamomile Granite

Berries and Cream.
Per Se - Berries and Cream

Rhubarb Soda.
Per Se - Rhubarb Soda

Darjeeling Tea “Marquise”.
Per Se - Darjeeling Tea "Marquise"

Millionaire’s Shortbread.
Per Se - Millionaire's Shortbread

Per Se - Chocolates

Per Se - Pastries

Per Se - Donut

Per Se - Dessert

Per Se - Afternoon Pastries

Even small little details like this adds to the experience.
Per Se - Custom Made Napkins

Per Se - View from the Restaurant

I was here for around four to five hours and I was simply spoiled. Most dishes were an eye opener, flawlessly executed, and beautifully presented – there was no questionable “filler” dishes in the tasting menu like I sometimes find in other Three Michelin stars restaurants. Everything was so detailed oriented: from the matcha exclusively imported from Japan by Thomas Keller, the hand made butter for the bread, the custom made napkins, and this resonates to every single dishes. Notable highlights were no doubt the Oysters & Pearls and the Hen Egg Custard – something that will burn into my memory forever.

Unlike other tasting menus I’ve had, I was absolutely stuffed – even the party next to me was wondering when the tasting menu would end. This of course only applied to the extended tasting menu that I had: I was one of the first to arrive at the restaurant and last to leave for the lunch service.


Name: Per Se
Address: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (at 60th Street), 4th Floor. New York, NY 10019 USA (Map)
Phone: 212.823.9335
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Oysters and Pearls, Citrus Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout, Hen Egg Custard, Spring Lamb Offal, “Pave” of Mediterranean Lubina, Maine Sea Scallop “Tart”, Four Story Hill Farm’s Poularde, Elysian Fields Farm’s Spring Lamb, Jasper Hill Farm’s “Willoughby”, Chamonile Granite, Berries and Cream.
OpenTable Profile: Link
Per Se Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Rating: 4.1/5 (out of 698 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4.5/5 (out of 1016 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 5/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 4.5/5


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