Best Once In A Lifetime Manhattan Meal?
Where to go?
a few years ago i went to per se and it came to be the best meal of my life to that point. a few months later i went to alain ducasse at the essex house and it was even better. not that the food at alain ducasse was better, but the service: at per se i felt that the service was as if the waitstaff knew that the night was a special occasion for us and that we were so lucky to be eating there; at alain ducasse the waitstaff treated us as if to say "of course you deserve to have this incredible meal with impeccable service and a beautiful flower arrangement and a special stool for your girlfriend's purse. it is our honor to humbly serve you." !!!
of course, this is chowhound and not service hound.
and alain ducasse at the essex house is closed.
so i'll just say per se and keep it simple.
Apologies to all the Hounders who have seen me tireless vouch and rave for this particular Manhattan restaurant that has transformed my life and outlook on fine dining...
George, I cannot stress the magnificence of my experience here and hope you'll make the decision to do yourself a favor and at least try for a reservation (you might not be so lucky, but if you have some hookups ie. an Amex Centurion concierge make the reservation, you just might!).
The food and service was simply impeccable...and the food simply doesn't stop coming. It was the best $350 dollars I have ever spent!
For pictures on my experience at Per Se, feel free to check out: http://www.gobbl.com/blog/418