Thomas Keller’s Per Se is housed high above Columbus Circle on the corner of Central Park. Like its sister restaurant The French Laundry, its one of the most difficult reservations to get but its not impossible.
Having just experienced The French Laundry a few month prior, I was not sure if I wanted to do another Thomas Keller extravaganza. I was on the website and was happy to find that Per Se had a lounge section called The Salon where they had an á la carte menu with similar offerings off the Main tasting menu.
The setting was less formal, but the dress code applies. The table are lounge style so it can be feel like its low when actually eating. Nevertheless the service was spot on and came with many of the Thomas Keller amuse bouche, breads and deserts, so my three course dinner felt like a 5 course meal.
They don’t take reservations, I just walked in, next time I would like to just go there to have a bottle of wine with the dessert tasting menu. It was great to have experienced without having to go ALL IN!
My table facing Central Park – The main dining room all tables have views but in the Salon, only two tables have a direct view so go early or late.
Notice there is no white linen in the Salon. It would have been great if they did.