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Aug 29, 2010 09:52 AM

Just got a Per Se res, now I need a new lunch place.

Is it possible to have too many great reservations?

I didn't think we would have this problem when I booked my lunch at EMP, but on a whim I called Per Se to see if they had anything for the Sept. weekend we'll be in town and they did! Sept. 17th @ 10pm. She said I got the last reservation in September! It will be our second time at Per Se and I can't wait to surprise my husband for our anniversary.

Anyway, I'm thinking I should find a different lunch now. If we do 2pm at EMP {must try the chicken that RGR speaks so highly of}, are we going to be super full for PS that night? I really want to be able to enjoy our PS meal to the fullest. But we won't have another chance to go to EMP on this trip or our next, so I'm inclined to keep it.

What should we do? We land at 11am and planning on going straight to our hotel {The Greenwich} to drop our bags. Maybe we should have lunch at Locanda Verde or head over to Maialino? We'd like to try both, but of course there is only so many meals in a long weekend. :) Anything else in the area that wouldn't leave us super full for the night? Am I overthinking this?

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  1. I don't think Maialino will leave you less full than EMP - the reverse if anything. Depends how you order and what your metabolism is like. At least you have a late Per Se table, which means you probably won't be eating anything substantial until 10.30 or later.

    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: Wilfrid

      That's true about it being late. Maybe we should keep it. We're also thinking about going to Eataly and poking around for some goodies and taking them to the park.

      1. re: KateMW

        EMP and Per Se on the same day. OMG, my brain can't handle it, but I am so jealous of you.

        I hope you have a great time!

        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: atjsfo

          Ha! Thanks! I can't believe it happened this way. I need to start fasting now so I have room for all the food!

    2. I would suggest to take him to a restaurant with a Manhattan, there are a few ones, but one of my favorite is a hidden spot on the 58th floor of the Time Warner building (yes, just where the Per Se is, unfortunately). The entrance is on the 60th street, into the Mandarin Oriental, and there is the bar/lunch restaurant on 58th floor, just to the right of Asiate. Get a table next to the window, and order some of the delicious thai dumplings, or a salad...The view is the best in Manhattan, and the food and ambiance memorable (the food portions are small, just right for the middle of the day). Otherwise, downtown at Gigino...north end of the Battery Park, with a view to the Statue of Liberty...outdoor tables, good food.

      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

      1. If youre eating at per se at 10pm you'll be fine. EMP has good portions but it shouldn't fill you up all the way until 10. The chicken is one of their richer entrees. If you're concerned order light on your other courses. BTW the chicken for 2 may no longer be on the menu.

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        1. re: daffyduck

          Thanks Daffy. I think we're going to keep the res and just order well. Maybe fast a couple of days before. :)

          I will be so bummed if the chicken isn't on the menu anymore. I've been trying to eat this chicken for a year! When do they reopen?

          1. re: KateMW

            According to opentable theyll reopen for dinner on sept 7th. You can always try to email them, telling them you want to have the chicken for lunch or any other dish. I think they are more known for their duck.
            I'm sure they'll do it, they are very accommodating. The staff is like someone searched the world and assembled the nicest people ever.