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Do picky eating and tasting menus work together? (EMP, Per Se, etc.)

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I'm taking my girlfriend to EMP soon, and she's not terribly picky, but has a couple of things that she just detests and refuses to eat: olives and cilantro. Is it frowned upon/unacceptable to inform our waiter that she'd prefer olive and cilantro-free dishes if ordering the tasting menu? (Not just EMP, but that's coming up this month.)

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. No, she should tell them (and you, as her ever-supportive boy/girlfriend, should alert the staff when you make the reservation, or when they call to confirm, so as to remove any awkwardness that she might feel).

    1. Yeah, I say alert them as soon as possible. And probably remind them at confirmation and discreetly upon arrival at restaurant.

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      1. re: villainx

        EMP calls to confirm? That would be great. I already made the reservation via OpenTable, so I can't add to the comments.

        Thanks everyone!

        1. re: sundropforever

          yes, they call and confirm a day or two before

          1. re: sundropforever

            I believe you can even call now and ask them to add a note -- then I would call again on the day before to reconfirm.

        2. Agree with the comments upstream. Best to let them know asap and ask if they're willing to accommodate, which they're very likely to be.

          Enjoy! :)

          1. Both EMP and Per Se maintain a data base of food preferences/allergies for their guests. This way should you return to either at a later date, they will confirm that your gf doesn't like olives and cilantro. Might be awkward if you bring a different gf next time though.

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            1. re: ellenost

              LOL. If he's taking her to Per Se, let's hope it lasts a while. ;)

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: inaplasticcup

                Over 3 years so far... hopefully EMP and Per Se won't be dealbreakers ;)

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                Per Se
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: sundropforever

                  Dealbreaker? Those are dealMAKERS, my friend. :)

                  I hope you have the loveliest meal.

                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    That's my hope too! Thanks!