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Jun 24, 2008 07:38 PM

Per Se is closed...

I am so sad. We'll be in town from August 6th-13th and Per Se will be closed the whole time. Why me? While we were in Napa last year, French Laundry was closed. Same week! Apparently, Thomas Keller hates me.

Anyway, now that I've mourned for a week, I need to find a suitable replacement. I need a GREAT meal to celebrate my 30th birthday with my husband. We're staying in Midtown (I think...Le Parker?), but we'll travel anywhere. I'd like it to be romantic-ish, but the food is really the main attraction for us. We'll do any price range. I would prefer no Indian or Asian (sushi is ok though.) cuisine. If I don't have to eat true French food, I'll be pretty happy, but if you say it's great, I'll try it. Thank you!

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  1. Jean George. It will blow you away. They also have 2 tasting menus so you can pick the one that's less French. No shortage of romantic and amazing restaurants here in NYC. Spend the $ you would have spent at Per Se on better wine and have fun!

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Try Eleven Madison Park.....high level, food has character, grand space.....the experience should cure your sadness.

      1. re: JeremyEG

        I will second JG. I like emp too but thing JG is better. Their signature egg dish is as good as the signature oyster and pearls dish at Per Se. Per Se is the best but JG ain't a bad substitute at all.

        1. re: JeremyEG

          I will third JG. Many dishes to choose from (From beef, Foie, lamb, duck, and numerous fish dishes. $98.00 for a 3 course meal. If you go. The Butternut Squash Soup is heavenly!

          No, Mr. Keller doesn't hate you. :)

          Everyone gets a week off for vacation in August. So he shuts both TFL and Per Se down. (I read this somewhere)

          Where ever you go...enjoy!

        2. I highly recommend Aureole, Bouley and Eleven Madison Park. Great food, service and decor at all three restaurants.

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          1. re: ellenost

            Jean Georges! My husband and I just ate at Per Se again last weekend, and it was phenomenal (of course). We've eaten at JG a few times and while it's not the same, it's definitely wonderful. Bouley is definitely more romantic, but we did not have a great experience there. I haven't had dinner at EMP lately, so I can't comment on that one. But the room is quite lovely.

          2. Sorry to hear you'll be missing a TK restaurant twice. I can definitely understand how you'd be upset.

            In terms of Per Se's style, I think Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges would probably be the best bet. Jean-Georges is a bit more of a refined experience than EMP, but I prefer the food at EMP. Contrary to most of the posters on this board, I don't really sync with JG's style. The food is prepared very well, but the flavor profiles just don't work with me. You may also want to think about L'Atelier at the Four Seasons. They do have tables, but it's really fun sitting at the bar.

            1. EMP, Bouley, Daniel, or a very recent favorite, Picholine.

              Any one of these would be a fantastic choice for slightly different reasons.

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