Per Se

French Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
186 Tips and reviews
  • oysters and pearls
  • thomas keller
  • tasting menu
  • good for dates
  • fancy
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  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    Hailed by food critics ever since its doors opened, swanky Per Se is the brainchild of Thomas Keller, the only American chef to have been awarded three Michelin stars for two different restaurants. Read more
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiOctober 5, 2015
    310 menu with 3 glasses of wine ended up around $500. Exceptional service, but little 'wow' factors from the food. Love the beef, halibut and egg custard with white truffle oil. Ask for a kitchen tour
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 21, 2013 | 3 Michelin Stars | Perfect execution & constant evolution define Thomas Keller’s superb restaurant. Dine in plush modernity overlooking Central Park. Daily-changing menu. Sublime!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The prix fixe menu is definitely the way to go, but if you want to order à la carte, that option is available in the salon. – Green Guide Editor
  • Lloyd
    LloydMay 8, 2013
    A 3 Michelin Star & World's Top 50 Best Restaurant (#11, 2013). Legendary Chef Thomas Keller's French Laundry counterpart. 2nd to none in service w/ a beautiful view and romantic ambience. Amazing!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Coming for lunch allows a choice of a 5 or 7-course tasting, and views of Columbus Circle in sunlight. The Oysters and Pearls continues to be their signature dish.
  • Sam D.
    Sam DangremondAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything here, but the Butter Poached Lobster is especially delicious. Insiders know that the salon offers the opportunity to order as few as one or two dishes à la carte.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineJune 7, 2012
    Whatever you eat at Per Se is worth whatever you have to pay. Try Chef Keller's legendary butter-poached lobster, and you'll be experiencing the best of New York.
  • Warrent S.
    Warrent SattJanuary 18, 2014
    This place rivaled and then beat my experience at The Square in London. Gastronomic genus! Of course, as can be expected, this place is super posh and very spendy.
  • Muskan
    MuskanFebruary 18, 2015
    Dinner will take over 3 hours but patience goes a long way. Favorites were the first course, oysters and pearls. The dessert - warm cinnamon donuts and coffee will give you the perfect buzz.
  • Gretchen R.
    Gretchen RobbinsOctober 8, 2016
    Fantastic, always first class on all points. Chef Keller & team year after year put out amazing feats of gorgeous & delicious food, accompanied by impeccable service all confined within a grand room.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 15, 2011
    Serving up the one of the best dining experiences in the world, Per Se is quite simply the best of the best. Make reservations a month in advance and expect a meal lasting multiple hours.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 11, 2012
    Get the desserts, by pastry chef Elwyn Boyles, and savor every second of these delectable concoctions. The five-course tasting menu created by Boyles himself should be your prime consideration.
  • Gary E.
    Gary EdwardsOctober 20, 2015
    Very deserving of three Michelin stars, Per Sebstands in a unique and elite league for authenticity with classic technique offered with each of the nine courses. Simply amazed by their staff
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GatesSeptember 8, 2013
    Per Se is the meal by which all others are measured. Every aspect of this dining experience is the very best Also be sure to ask for a tour of the kitchen after your meal.
  • Nicole
    NicoleApril 5, 2015
    Even if you don't like a food item, you may love how they prepare it here. I give them my allergy list in advance and then am not picky about what comes out. Always impressive. Please dress up!
  • Rent the Runway
    Rent the RunwayMay 12, 2011
    By far one of the best executed restaurants in NYC. From the food to the menu- everything is impeccably done. Take it all in and enjoy the ruby beet sorbet and asparagus tofu if it's on the menu
  • Gregory D.
    Gregory DominguezFebruary 15, 2015
    Simply AMAZING, the best of the best... RECOMMENDED DISHES Oysters and Pearls, gateau of foie gras, butter-poached lobster ... ;)
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 15, 2012
    The daily rotating tasting menu offers nine courses, including “oysters and pearls,” a dish of oysters, tapioca, and caviar, foie gras with white peaches, and duck with sweet plums. Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The menus are unique daily, so if you're fortunate enough to experience Per Se on multiple occasions, you'll never have quite the same meal twice. Oh and that view of Central Park doesn't hurt either. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    The oyster and pearls is a true Thomas Keller classic with the "sea-xiest" mouthfeel. It is chic—briny, creamy, plump, and delicate. Read more
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzOctober 26, 2015
    The food was absolutely amazing! It was so delectable. The service was choreographed and seamless. Please come here!! It was amazing!! The chefs tasting menu was so delicious!!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 10, 2011
    For those of you that cannot make the pilgrimage to French Laundry in Yountville, this culinary destination is worth the trip. Go big and order the 10 course with the wine pairing!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMay 29, 2015
    Many renowned culinary talents have tried to take New York, but none of them have hit as many right notes from the start as Thomas Keller, with his pitch-perfect urban counterpoint to French Laundry. Read more
  • Pramod P.
    Pramod PaiMay 7, 2015
    The best 9-course Tasting of Seasonal Vegetables or the 9-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, which changes daily.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
    Recommended: Oysters and Pearls, gateau of foie gras, clam chowder, sweet corn velouté, omelet with mushroom duxelles and aged tamari, butter-poached lobster; pressed duck. Read more
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurNovember 2, 2014
    For all that's said about Per Se, the quality of the cocktails and bartending is not mentioned enough. A perfect old fashioned is served in a weighty glass.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 15, 2010
    Per Se takes great attention to detail from its menu selections and preparation to its décor design and staff. Not to mention the food is divine. -Lynda Erkiletian, Real Housewives of DC
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 15, 2011
    We visited in December and the view of snow falling on New York while being seated near the fireplace is truly unforgettable. The wine list presented on an iPad was a lovely touch.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    On weeknights, the Salon offers the whole magilla; the entire Per Se menu a la carte! They don’t take reservations so slide behind the blue doors and grab a seat. - Inspector
  • LuxuryManPlanet
    LuxuryManPlanetApril 18, 2012
    Be surprised each single day ! The three Michelin stars Chef has never cooked the same dishes since the opening of the restaurant, 8 years ago ! A MUST in creative cuisine...
  • Venice
    VeniceJanuary 15, 2012
    delicious but not quite up there with other high end restaurants. Their menu changes daily and they even add personal touches so bonus points for that (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Pea A.
    Pea AOctober 20, 2016
    Understated elegance. Amazing food and service. Fresh ingredients create refined and delicious food. The other person got the vegetarian tasting menu and it was amazing
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    I always have a wonderful time at Per Se, just letting my dear friend Thomas Keller and his chefs cook a surprise meal for me. The tasting menu will not disappoint!
  • Eat to Blog
    Eat to BlogJanuary 14, 2012
    Yes, it may be one of the most expensive meals in the city, but you get what you pay for. The vegetarian tasting menu is no mere afterthought; this is some of the best cooking in the world.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeNovember 23, 2016
    Ate at saloon part which offers the ala carte menu. Requested an excellent kitchen tour. Think other 3 Michelin star restaurants are better than Per Se though
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BurtonMarch 23, 2015
    The restraunt is very close to my apartment. We both had the chefs tasting menu. It is good to sample an assorted menu. The total bill was around $300.00.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichJune 29, 2014
    Per Se's French cuisine is enough to keep you toasty, impressed, and very well-fed. Really treat yourself (... or your date) and get the Tasting Menu.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveNovember 30, 2010
    Per Se makes more than meals, they make memories. The combination of incredible food, thoughtful service, and a luxurious setting induces a dreamlike state.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealOctober 3, 2011
    Per Se upholds the standards set by The French Laundry, and despite the defection of longtime chef Jonathan Benno to open his own place, it remains one of the outstanding dining experiences in NYC. Read more
  • Marek S.
    Marek StępniowskiMarch 22, 2015
    Best tasting menu in NYC (nine courses prix fixe $295, bottle of wine ~$100)
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Enjoy the sunset over Central Park as you while away your evening with a 7- or 9-course meal inspired by the flavors of France. One of the best ways to spend a New York evening.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertySeptember 26, 2011
    Cult NYC Foodie favorite, but if you’re finding it difficult to score a reservation, head to the bar area where you can order the dishes a la carte for the same Per Se experience.
  • Don Michael Antonio
    Don Michael AntonioAugust 14, 2014
    A top-tier meal to die for in terms of food, plating and wine. One of the best I have ever had in NYC and worldwide.
  • Tobie C.
    Tobie CMarch 17, 2012
    Unforgettable in every way. If I had to choose, it would be a meal here over a new pair of Louboutin heels (yes, truly). The memories will last longer...
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 15, 2015
    We all know it's expensive, but splurge a little and have dinner here. Worth every penny. Ask your server for a tour of the kitchen
  • Tina
    TinaJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can afford it, this place is an absolute MUST. The food, the service are exceptional. If you can't get a res, you can still eat in their 'Salon' which is a la carte. (Jackets still required) Read more
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 26, 2016
    Thomas Keller's Oysters and Pearls is one of the greatest dishes of all time, and a trip to Per Se without it is like a Paul McCartney concert without ‘Yesterday.’” - Tim Ryan Read more
  • Craig F.
    Craig FoliseFebruary 14, 2016
    Food was overrated.I know the best restaurants in the world.This not in my top 250. Seafood didn't taste fresh and with the amount I spent they were begging me to come back even offering a free meal
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 26, 2012
    Seafood plateaus racked up nice with king crab. 40oz porterhouse steaks with some age. Sandwiches au jus, always. Read more
  • Guido S.
    Guido SJune 3, 2014
    Amazing food and better chocolates and wines. The only bad thing, you have to wear a jacket for the wholeeeeee dinner.
  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiJanuary 13, 2012
    It was pretty damn awesome. Just think it's way overpriced. It's not twice as good as places like Jean Georges or Le Bernardin. But top notch. Ask for a tour of the kitchen… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Compass
    CompassApril 21, 2014
    Inside the Time Warner Center, Per Se changes its French-American tasting menu daily. Dessert and cheese plates should not be missed.
  • Jâck C.
    Jâck ChéèFebruary 3, 2015
    Excellent view, service, and the food is not too bad either, although the proteins were a bit overcooked...
  • Casey S.
    Casey SiaoApril 24, 2014
    Best service ive ever tried. The food is also really good. Had the tasting menu and everything was delish.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The chef's tasting menu is the best tasting menu in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • Eric B.
    Eric BMay 23, 2012
    Can't add anything new to all the other comments. Just want to say they made our evening and my mom's 80th birthday wonderful.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    As Director of Operations Anthony Rudolf oversees activities here and at the two NYC Bouchon Bakery locations. Many of our alumni aspire to front-of-house and management positions: Read more
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    Prices are steep, but for a truly indulgent seafood dining experience, Best Catch: 9-course Chef's Tasting Menu ($295) Thomas Keller, not much else needs to be said.
  • Shindy C.
    Shindy COctober 5, 2013
    Go for power lunch, not romantic dinner. Long tasting dinner, though hard to believe it's affiliated with French Laundry in Yountiville
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaMarch 19, 2016
    Amazing service, food, and ambiance. Go hungry with a lot of time to enjoy the whole experience.
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 14, 2015
    "It'll still take you five hours to stuff yourself silly on foie gras and truffles as a cavalcade of servers fawns over you." -Forbes Travel Guide on TripExpert Read more
  • Vikram S.
    Vikram ShahJanuary 27, 2016
    Went there for our wedding anniversary dinner. It was an amazing experience - from masterpieces on our plates to the personalized service!
  • Madeline C.
    Madeline CoppedeMay 16, 2012
    The most amazing meal I've ever had! Oysters and Pearls are delicious along with the salmon tartare cone!
  • Zero J.
    Zero JeonDecember 1, 2015
    Innovative. Inspiring. Amazing. With new menus created daily, T.Keller's food is not only savory, but creative.
  • paddy M.
    paddy MCNovember 30, 2012
    food was intermittently brilliant, mostly excellent but sometimes underwhelming - service similarly uneven (sommelier offered to write down wine, never returned) - a disney version of french laundry
  • Reuters Business Traveller
    Diners call meals here unforgettable. The restaurant doesn’t forget them either; keeping track of thousands of meals and making lists of what many of their key diners have had and when.
  • Maria P.
    Maria PecoraroFebruary 9, 2010
    This is not as stuffy of a place as might think. Do ask them to recommend a wine or two to pair with dinner. Well worth it. And ask for a tour of the kitchen because it's amazing!
  • Sascha W.
    Sascha WenningerNovember 18, 2011
    Do yourself a favour and skip lunch before eating here. Not only is the food 11/10, it's also a lot by the time your private dessert buffet is served!
  • Piko
    PikoOctober 18, 2011
    A shame there's no wine pairing available, but the sommeliere will reccomend excellent wines. The best dinner in NY. Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    My dining experiences at Per Sé have been totally sensational and demonstrate why Thomas is called one of the top chefs in the world. -Thierry Rautureau, Top Chef
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 14, 2016
    Thomas Keller’s restaurant is charging $175 extra for a truffle supplement on the tasting menu. Read more
  • Rollin L.
    Rollin LeeMay 10, 2015
    few glasses of wine and fell asleep during the course. it took three hours to finish but it was heaven
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxOctober 18, 2016
    You must try the evergreen poached oyster and caviar appetizer, this is absolutely fantastic!
  • Maria S.
    Maria StylesNovember 5, 2011
    food is out of this world, amazing.. place is a little stuffy, its good for special occasions or a date..
  • Levent A.
    Levent AkgermanNovember 8, 2016
    Ambitious tasting menu with robust wines at the rooftop with spectacular views of Central Park and Columbus Circle
  • Timothy K.
    Timothy KimOctober 10, 2015
    Oysters and pearls alone is worth it. We took the dessert to go and enjoyed it the next day as well.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SchultiesMarch 23, 2010
    Although extremely price its the best meal you will EVER have in your life! Be sure to ask for a tour of the kitchen. They are more then happy to show it off!
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernJanuary 27
    Yes. It's as good as they say and better than the 2-star NY times review. Great for a date or business meeting.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurNovember 1, 2014
    hard reservation to get. walk ins welcome at bar. 7:00 on a Saturday night is perfect timing.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 4, 2011
    Per Se upholds the standards set by The French Laundry, and it remains one of the outstanding dining experiences in the city. Read more
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJanuary 15, 2012
    Fine 1.7: Thomas Keller (a la French Laundry fame). It is supposed to be quite old school - pretty sure guys have to wear jackets! Keller is considered the US's most well regarded French trained chef. Read more
  • tueynguyen
    tueynguyenNovember 30, 2010
    this place is OMG amazing! rightfully deserves its place as one of the world's top restaurants. though not cheap, worth every penny!
  • Alex P.
    Amazing fantastic good food presentation taste all is Perfect .Service very kind
  • Владислав Г.
    Great restaurant, great cuisine, great dishes...
  • Jeremy V.
    Jeremy ValedaFebruary 11, 2013
    Take as many of the caramels as humanly possible. Also secret drink is the firefly
  • Kelli M.
    Kelli MJuly 11, 2015
    Had my dad take me here as punishment for skipping out on my graduation. Revenge is a dish best served cold and with a wine pairing.
  • Minh L.
    Minh LeSeptember 27, 2014
    Best resto in NYC by far. Get the truffles if available.
  • Jose O.
    Jose O.October 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend Oysters and Pearls. It's my favorite dish.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikMay 14, 2016
    Extremely creative new American, drinks are also out of this world
  • Nicholas M.
    Earned back its stars in my view. Exceptional from start to finish, especially the wine.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesAugust 27, 2010
    Per Se is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York:
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel Wang PangOctober 8, 2015
    Ok I think they have got an amazing service and wine list. However, food was not too amazing, maybe im.picky. But I had better ones before
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 12, 2011
    Try the calotte de boeuf with crispy bone marrow, asparagus and hen of the woods mushrooms
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonMarch 29, 2012
    Spontaneously go to Per Se without a reservation & sit in the bar room. The food is just as superb as is the view!
  • Antone N.
    Antone NemApril 19, 2010
    Be sure to take home the cookies they give you at the everything else at Per Se, the cookies are amazing.
  • Ben O.
    Ben OngJuly 27, 2013
    OMG! What an awesome experience! L-O-V-E My favorite French restaurant !!! :))))
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanJune 8, 2013
    Amazing meal, breathtaking views, service is included.
  • Howcast
    HowcastAugust 11, 2011
    Difficulty pronouncing the entree you wish you order? Take just two minutes to master french cuisine vocabulary! Read more
  • Reuters Business Traveller
    For more information about this venue and where else to go in Manhattan, visit the Reuters Business Traveller page.
  • Katia W.
    Katia WeberMay 14, 2013
    No complexo Time Warner, em Columbus Circle, maravilhoso e caro $ restaurante do chef Thomas Keller, com vista show do Central Park
  • Yassue I.
    Yassue InokiMarch 25, 2016
    Carta de vinhos maravilhosa, risoto trufado, fois gras do menu complementar. Tudo excelente
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouMay 1, 2014
    Thomas Keller and chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh, Contemporary French-American, Saint Jacques en croute de pommes de terre.
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