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Apr 13, 2008 10:07 AM

Per Se question

I am wondering about how much time I should allow for our dinner there. We have to be at a dessert reception at 1 Central Park Club (anybody know where/what this is? I can't seem to find any information on it) by 9:00 at the latest. So, what time should I try and make our reservation for? Thanks!

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  1. KateMW, the dinner can take as long or short as you want. If you tell the staff you need to leave by a certain time, I am sure they will oblige. Take the earliest reservation you can get, and let them know of your time constraints at the time of reservation, and remind them when you arrive too. Realistically, you'll need 2 hours at a bare minimum for the tasting menu.

    But the experience is best enjoyed at leisure. I kind of feel that a dinner at Per Se is the entertainment for the evening, and I usually plan on making it the only thing on the schedule so I can fully enjoy it. I wouldn't want to pay all that money just to feel rushed. No way you can change the date to eat there?

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    1. re: moh

      I don't have to do it on that Friday, but I was under the impression (from a friend who lives here, so we might be wrong) that 1 Central Park Club is close to Per Se. Am I wrong?

      I really don't want to rush at all. I love a long relaxing dinner. Hmm...does anybody have any other suggestions that would be close to 1 CPC? Heck, does anybody know what and where it is? That would be helpful as well!

      1. re: KateMW

        1 Central Park is the address for the building that's adjacent to the Time Warner Center (and Per Se). I don't know if 1 Central Park Club is in that address.

        And do you intend to eat at the dessert reception? Because you're going to be way too full from the desserts and mignardises they serve at Per Se.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          That's what we think and that's why we picked to eat at Per Se that night. I don't have to eat at the reception. It's a networking thing for my husband (we're coming in town for the ABA Annual meeting), so we're just going to go for the most part. I don't want anything to get in the way of enjoying my Per Se dinner, so maybe another night would be better!

          1. re: KateMW

            Do you already have a reservation? If you get the 5:45P, I think that will give you enough time to make it to your reception by 9P, provided it's in the same building.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              Nooo...we're not coming until August. I'm just obsessing a bit this weekend, since I've got time. :)

              1. re: KateMW

                He he. You may also want to skim the Manhattan board. There are a couple of posts dealing with the best way to get reservations there. It's really not that easy.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  It's only not easy if you are not flexible, i.e., insist that it be dinner only and at a particular hour. As I mentioned on another thread, I had heard that the easiest res to get was for Sunday lunch, so that's what I aimed for. I followed the two-months-to-the-day dictum, went to OpenTable, typed in the appropriate date and a time and -- Voila! Mission accomplished and totally hassle-free!

                  1. re: RGR

                    I remember from another one of KateMW's posts that she preferred dinner over lunch. And if she does indeed plan to go to the dessert reception afterwards, she really does need the early reservation. So I just really didn't want her to miss out that she calls a couple of days too late, etc.

                    RGR, I'm glad that Per Se started offering lunch. Haven't been there since that happened. Do others know if the lines are as difficult to get through at 10A as there are more overall seatings available?

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      I was under the impression that they've always offered lunch Fri., Sat., & Sun. However, what is new at lunch is that there is now a choice between two options: the same menu that is offered at dinner or a 5-course menu for $175 (gratuity included).

                      And, btw, when I went to OpenTable, out of curiosity, I typed in 5:30 p.m., and there were no tables for 4 available. I didn't try for 2. Of course, restaurants do not give all their reservations to OpenTable, so it's possible that time slot would have been available for 2 or 4 by calling the restaurant directly.

                  2. re: Miss Needle

                    OH I know. I have it marked on my calendar already for my day to call. I think I'm going to devote a whole night to our Per Se experience, so we won't have to rush anything.

                      1. re: RGR

                        Thanks. Now I just have to pick a date, count back two months and wait.

      2. I agree with moh- dinner at per se is not to be rushed, or enjoyed distractedly while anticipating something else. I spent four hours there when I went, but we were a fairly large party and ordered the foie gras supplement, as well as many wines. The larger your party, the longer dinner will take, in my opinion. I think a party of 2 should allow 3 hours at the table, at the least.

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        1. re: vvvindaloo

          As of right now, we'll be 2, but if our best friends come up with us they will probably want to join us as well.

          1. re: KateMW

            I think you should be aware that if you make a reservation for 4 for a certain date and your friends then change their minds, Per Se will not allow you to keep a table for 4 for just the two of you, at which point, you might not be able to secure another reservation for two.

            1. re: RGR

              Thank you for pointing that out. If they come to New York, they will eat with us, so I'll know for sure if they are coming before I make the reservation.

        2. We spent four hours and had the tasting menu with wine.