Do picky eating and tasting menus work together? (EMP, Per Se, etc.)
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.)
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
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).
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.