My girlfriend and I like to experience good restaurants. When I travel for business and she comes, we will seek out good places to eat.
Part of the whole idea with our trip to NYC was to eat at some of the most reputable places and have fantastic food experiences.
We visited Per Se, Daniel, Bouley, The River Cafe and Le Bernardin.
The food (and daily changing menu) was an absolute home run. Some of the very best food we had on the trip was had at Per Se. Their attention to detail (sending us home with goodies) was also fantastic.
My only gripe is their service is somewhat stuffy. Look, I know that the restaurant is not for riff raff, but at the same time I felt that the staff, while professional and did their job very well, lacked personality.
Perhaps the idea is that the staff wants to stay out of the way and let diners experience the food. And if that's the case, then I'm not quite as put off. However, I feel there should be a bit of effort to engage with the diners and be a bit warmer. We never felt as comfortable here as we did at other establishments.
Per Se was our first dining experience in NYC. The restaurant's website vows to give you portions that make you want more and then deliver something else that is extraordinary. Mission accomplished.
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