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Nov 23, 2010 12:04 PM

Change to Per Se's reservation policy

Hi all, I haven't seen this reported here, and I apologize if it has and I missed it!

Anyway, I called Per Se this morning trying to make a reservation for January, and I found out that starting with reservations for January 13, 2011 (when they reopen from their winter closure), Per Se will be taking reservations only one month in advance. So gone are the days of calling exactly two months ahead, and in are the days of calling exactly one month ahead! This only applies to Per Se, The French Laundry will still take reservations two months in advance.

Does anyone have any info about why they made the change? Maybe they're getting too many cancellations by having New Yorkers book so far in advance? I imagine a lot of people who eat at TFL travel to Yountville especially for the food and drink, so I would guess that reservation retention is much less of an issue there. Maybe this makes it seem less impossible to get into, which might encourage people to look for empty seats and last minute cancellations?

Whatever the actual reason, I found this snippet from a Per Se rep on the Zagat blog: "Reps for the restaurant say that the change is 'designed to complement New York City’s fast-paced and evolving dining culture.'" Typical vague corporate speak that doesn't actually answer a question--what else would you expect?

I don't live in the city, so I know well in advance when I'll be traveling there, so it doesn't make a difference to me whether they open the books one month or two months in advance. What about all you who do? Is this change something that might influence whether you'd make a reservation?

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Living in the city, I think it's ultimately a good thing... A month is plenty of time to premeditate a meal if you live here; three months is too much.

    In fact, I'm eating at Per Se in two weeks, but when I made the res almost three months ago, I really had no clue if I would actually be available that night to eat there. (Luckily, I will be.)

    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    1. please? how does one if they so wish go about making a reservation. one hoop to jump through is okay two ,three and more is debatable.

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      1. re: kitchenquarterback

        Um, you call them, just like any other restaurant. It's only a "hoop," per se (no pun intended), because so many other people want reservations there. Other than hitting redial 100 times, it's not a bad experience and they are incredibly pleasant and accommodating once you reach them.

      2. I think I'll be more likely to make a reservation at Per Se if I need to book only one month in advance (I'll more likely know about my schedule (work projects)).