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Lounge at Per Se, Monday around 6 pm?

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Spouse and I will be in the city on an upcoming Monday evening for an event at the Time Warner Center. Since dinner at Per Se is not in our financial cards anytime soon, I would like to have a pre-event drink and nibble in the lounge. My questions are these: Will we have difficulty finding a seat in the lounge at around 6 p.m. on a Monday night? Can we have just drinks and a light bite or will we be expected to order more? And, can we go in the lounge without a reservation? Thank you.

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  1. The salon does not take reservations. We had dinner there on a Friday. I arrived right when it opened, at 5:30, and got a seat. By 6pm the salon was full. But! that might not be true on a Monday. Still, I'd try to get there a little early, if you can. There are five or six (I think) tables, and a small bar that seats four.

    To your second question, there were people having just drinks, people having a drink and an appetizer or two, and people who, like us, were eating a full meal.

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    1. re: small h

      Thank you, that is exactly what I needed to know. Any advice on the best small bites to order in the bar?

      1. re: Kat

        The menu changes frequently. I just checked, and not one of the dishes we had back in December is available now. My favorites were the heart of palm salad, the halibut and the agnolotti with pumpkin. I don't think you can go wrong with anything Per Se serves, but I've only been there the one time, and I eat at that level of fanciness maybe 3 or 4 times a year. If you're susceptible to sticker shock, take a deep breath before looking at the wine list. It gave me the vapors.

        Here's a link to the website, in case you haven't seen it yet:

        http://perseny.com/

        1. re: small h

          Thank you, I missed the salon menu when I looked at the menu on the website before - didn't scroll down far enough.

    2. We did go to the salon at Per Se on Monday evening and there were only a few other patrons there at 5:30 pm. We had a large table which was wonderful as there ended up being five of us (although only thee of us ate). Spouse had the Hudson Valley foie gras and I ordered the cauliflower and mascarpone agnolotti with a glass of Vouvray (brought back memories of honeymoon in the Loire). We were served warm cheese gougeres, the famous tiny cones, frothy butternut soup in a mini mug (which was delicious) and chocolates to finish. I did not anticipate these as we were not in the dining room, but they were an unexpected pleasure. We were short on time as our event started at 6:30, but service was outstanding (as was the food) and they had us ready to depart on time. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to dine here; I hope to return one day.

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      1. re: Kat

        We went a few weeks ago as well (before Benno left!). Had the foie gras terrine with brioche, lobster "BLT", lamb and the liberty farms duck breast, as well as coffee and donuts (specially requested for it) and the malt and milk dessert.

        The space was not crowded at all at a 6pm, and even though it was a little weird eating at a coffee table that was slightly lower for comfort, it was a great experience. Given you get all the freebies (cornets, gougeres, amuse bouche, mignairdes) at the Salon, and you can have a 3 course meal for about $100/each, IMHO it's a much much better value than doing the full tasting menu (which has mainly the same dishes anyway) which is $315.