per se

By grace.g.yang ยท March 12, 2012
Under: Desserts,Dinner,Drinks,French,Grace's Picks,Michelin 2010 Guide,Michelin 2011 Guide,Midtown West,My Life,Prix-fixe,seafood

For Valentine’s day, Ken surprised me with tickets to Book of Mormon and then a dinner at per se. When we first met, Ken asked me about restaurants and I told him my favorite restaurant in New York was per se. He said he wanted to take me there for our first date (big talker, right?) and I explained that it was a really long meal and that it would be way too much for a first date. We did eventually go there for Valentine’s day for lunch once we had officially started dating and had a great meal there. (in case you’re wondering, our first date was at Corton).

The meal at per se started a bit late since we were rushing from Book of Mormon – we started with champagne and salmon coronets:


I started with the vegetarian meal – after all, Frank Bruni loved the vegetarian tasting when he was a food critic for the NYTimes – but I switched to the chef’s tasting menu after three or four courses because I wasn’t enjoying the vegetarian choices. Photos from the evening:


The “milee crepes” presentation of foie gras (my favorite supplement):


My favorite dish of the evening, sauteed atlantic cod:


The most tender butter poached nova scotia lobster:


When I interviewed at per se, I went through an evening of service and watched the chef throw away a preparation of the lobster because it was overcooked (I would have eaten it!)

Another supplement, the papardelle pasta covered with black truffles:


The blue gin dragonfruit dessert with violet gin granite:


An amazing bottle of wine that’s older than me:


The dessert spread:


Macarons, truffles and chocolates:


My favorite part of the meal is when the server comes and explains all of the chocolates. I was *stuffed* and told Ken I wasn’t going to ask for too many chocolates, but here’s my plate:


And here’s Ken’s plate:


Another great meal at per se; we were the last ones to leave (just like when we first started dating – we always have so much to talk about!) and since we’ve gone two years in a row right by Valentine’s day, it sounds like it’s becoming a tradition!

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Reader Comments

We’ve never been to per se in Midtown West. It looks very intriguing and like something we must try. Especially if it’s your favorite in NYC!

Written By Rockrose Development on March 13th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

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