An impressive number six in the World’s Best Restaurants 2012, Per Se is widely recognised, among serious gastronomes, as one the best restaurants in New York. This is where celebrities, food critics and New York’s moneyed elite come to luxuriate over hours-long marathon meals served by waiters in Armani ties.
Its handsome brown-wood accented dining room is plush, modern and huge, but with only 16 tables it has a certain intimacy. There is grandeur in the form of million-dollar views overlooking the treetops of Central Park.
Per Se has two nine+ course tasting menus (the chef’s tasting menu and the vegetable tasting menu) each setting you back $295, and a lunch tasting menu for $185. Menus are changed daily to add surprise and to keep things seasonal, and there are endless nibbles and amuse bouche in between every meal.
The food, which is seasonal American, is everything you’d expect from a three Michelin-starred restaurant.