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For sake of ease let's just say I am guaranteed to get a reservation at either one of these places. Which would be a better choice? I'll be in NY in about two months and I'll be dining alone. I'm a college student so I can choose either one or the other. I would like to hear any opinions as to where I should go since I'm having a hard time making up my mind.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. I would go to neither alone-that caliber of dining deserves a companion-i'm available!

    1. You've picked two of my favorite restaurants. I've dined numerous times (more than a dozen) solo at Ko, and have always had a great time. Ko seats the solo diners together, so I have had many nice chats with other solo diners as well as other diners. I've dined at Per Se about four times, but always with another guest. I'm not sure that I would dine solo at Per Se (even though I have read some threads about solo dining at Per Se -- you should check uhockey's great post about his solo dinner at Per Se). Based on your age (college student), I think you will have a better time at Ko (much younger crowd). I love the food at both restaurants. Ko will be at least $100 less expensive.

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      1. re: ellenost

        I haven't eaten at Ko, but I wouldn't do Per Se alone. Part of the fun was discussing the food.

        1. re: KateMW

          I appreciate the replies, and honestly the only thing I can think about is not my upcoming finals but where to eat. It does make sense that Per Se would be better with someone. Also if anyone has opinions on better dining experiences (maybe Le Bernardin, etc.) please let me know as I am not set on Per Se of Ko.

          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

          1. re: ChefTel

            You would want to discuss the food at either place so that argument really doesn't ring true. I have been to both places and enjoyed my meals tremendously. If budget is no concern then Per Se wins hands down. Per Se is the best restaurant experience I have had in the US.

            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019