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Is Per Se and EMP in one day a horrible waste?

Okay, big b-day coming up and my GF wants to make sure she does it up right for me. We've done dinner at Per Se but haven't done lunch yet so her plan is a noon lunch at Per Se and then because EMP is my (our) favorite and we are always sure to have a wonderful time there she was planning on a late dinner.

Do you think this is over kill for a single day? Is it too much to enjoy?

Thanks

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  1. Maybe if you have only the 5 course lunch at Per Se and the 4 course dinner at EMP you would be okay. Enjoy your special day! (BTW, that's the way I would love to spend my birthday too).

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    1. re: ellenost

      Thanks for the b-day wish. Yeah, eat, recup, eat some more, sleep...that's a birthday!

      1. re: Spiritchaser

        You could also go for a long run between meals! Sounds like a great day.

        1. re: kathryn

          Maybe we could waddle around the park a bit : ).

    2. do it without any hestitation! You seem to have timed it right with a big enough spread in between. get a 9pm reso at emp if possible. happy bd.

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      1. re: cubanat

        Thanks. And oddly enough that's exactly the time she got for EMP rez.

      2. Our one meal at per se was lunch (on a Sunday). We did the 9-course menu. I think we started at 12:30 and finished around 5 - 5:30. We weren't hungry again until around 10 p.m.

        EMP accepts reservations as late as 10 p.m. That's when I'd reserve. Even at that hour, they will serve you the tasting menu if you have the appetite/stomach room for it.

        Happy Big Birthday!

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        1. re: RGR

          My GF is adamant about doing the full (9 course) menu at Per Se (whudda a girlfriend huh?) so maybe we will push the 9 rez back to 10 but just (just!?) do the 4 course at EMP (maybe throw in an extra course) but I don't thnk we'd have the space for the Gourmond tasting. We'll have a chance to catch our breath between meals so I think it will work.

          Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            You're welcome!

            I agree that if you're doing EMP for dinner, the 4-course is the better way to go. A good option for an additional course is the cheese, which usually appears on the dessert line. You can either each have your own plate or just share one.

            Have you given any consideration to flipping them and, as has been mentioned by edwardspk, doing EMP for lunch and per se for dinner? If you book lunch at noon, you'd be out between 2 and 3. And with, say, a 9 p.m. dinner reservation, you'd have 6 hours between the two meals, which should be sufficient time to recover your appetite and be able to do the 9-course menu with all the bells & whistles.

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            1. re: RGR

              It's probably too difficult to switch the Per Se reservation to dinner at this time. Probably easier to switch EMP to lunch.

              1. re: ellenost

                Yeah, looks like the dinner switch to Per Se is not an option now.

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                Per Se
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  I had a feeling that might be the case. So, I definitely think it's a good idea to push EMP to 10 p.m. Worst that can happen is that you show up hungrier than you anticipated....

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        2. Like RGR I had an early lunch at Per Se that lasted 3 or maybe 4 hours. I could not eat again until 10PM! The food keeps coming and then you get the mignardaises. Unless you have an epic appetite or you want to forgo some of the amazing breads or desserts, I wouldn't do them both the same day even though the idea appeals to me as much as it probably appeals to you.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          1. I have to say, I think it's overkill, but obviously everyone's appetite/tolerance is different. I typically won't eat the day leading up to meal like those at Per Se or EMP, so I couldn't imagine two incredibly rich meals back to back.

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019