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Per Se Lunch Res . . . Any Tips?

bowmgbo Dec 1, 2011 05:59 AM

Is it very very difficult to get a lunch res at Per Se?

Four of us are planning a trip to NY in mid-February to celebrate 65th birthdays. We want to go to Per Se for lunch (dinner would be too much food).

Since we already have our flights I'm nervous about not getting a res. Is it a little easier to get a lunch res than a dinner res?

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Cheeryvisage Dec 1, 2011 07:14 AM

    No, it's not terribly difficult to secure a lunch reservation. Simply check Opentable at exactly midnight (Eastern Time) 30 days before the date. And yes, it's easier to get lunch reservation than dinner reservation. If you still weren't able to book a reservation on Opentable, then call Per Se at 10am (I believe) to try to reserve via phone.

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      RGR Dec 1, 2011 11:12 AM

      Our one experience at per se was lunch on a Sunday several years ago. I had no difficulty reserving via OpenTable, though at that time, it was necessary to do so exactly two months in advance of the day. Cheeryvisage has given you good advice about the current 30-day time frame.

      There are two menus at lunch: the nine-course, which is exactly the same as the dinner menu; and the five-course, which is only available at lunch. We did the nine courses. Portions, while adequate,were by no means huge. With the extra amuses and mignardises, the four of us came away feeling completely satisfied but not stuffed. The meal was very well-paced, we were there for about four hours, and it was a truly lovely afternoon.


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      1. re: RGR
        kosmose7 Dec 1, 2011 11:38 AM

        I did the same too! I had their dinner menu at lunch on two occasions and I was fully satisfied.

        I wonder though, who those people that can easily book the tables at Per Se for New Year's Eve are. I tried calling Per Se at 10:00am sharp this morning to reserve a table for NYE, but couldn't get through until 10:30am, when I finally could talk to the reservationist and she said they were FULLY BOOKED already. So I put my name on the waiting list. LOL.

        1. re: kosmose7
          uwsister Dec 1, 2011 11:44 AM

          People who know people. People who spend $10,000+ there every month. People who don't need to call the public reservation line for a res.

          1. re: uwsister
            kosmose7 Dec 1, 2011 11:49 AM

            No, like I said, I am talking about the people who actually book through the telephone reservation system. I myself booked a table at another top notch restaurant through the general manager for a special occasion well before they officially commenced receiving reservations for that day, so I know there are some people who don't need to book through telephone reservation system.

            But I am talking about these people who book though telephone and they are as fast as lightening! I tested calling Per Se at 9:58am, I could get through, but a recorded voice told me the reservation center was closed. Then when I called them up again at 10:00am sharp, the line was already busy (until 10:30am). My secretary and I called them at the same time you know, with two phones handy for each of us. LOL.

            1. re: kosmose7
              RGR Dec 1, 2011 11:55 AM

              Well, think of all the money you'll be saving by not going to per se on New Year's Eve! :))


              1. re: RGR
                uwsister Dec 1, 2011 11:59 AM

                See, always a silver lining!

                1. re: RGR
                  kosmose7 Dec 1, 2011 12:02 PM

                  RGR, that's very sweet of you to say it. :)
                  But I wouldn't know, because if I can't get a table at Per Se, I might go for L'Atelier de J.R., which happens to charge exactly the same price as Per Se. LOL

                  1. re: kosmose7
                    ellenost Dec 1, 2011 12:49 PM

                    I've been to both L'Atelier and Per Se. Please do not spend the same amount of $ at L'Atelier as you were planning to spend at Per Se. While L'Atelier is "fine", it is definitely not in the same league as Per Se.

                    Per Se
                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                    L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
                    57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

                    1. re: ellenost
                      uhockey Dec 1, 2011 03:03 PM

                      Agree x 100.


                    2. re: kosmose7
                      RGR Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

                      We've never been to L'Atelier de Robuchon, but I can't imagine it's worth spending the same on New Year's Eve as the cost of going to per se.


                      1. re: RGR
                        kosmose7 Dec 1, 2011 01:35 PM

                        Thanks ellenost and RGR for your advice.

                        I know, it's a bit odd that L'Atelier charges the same price as Per Se, given their price range was typically 70 to 80% of that of Per Se at ordinary times.

                        I frequently go to L'Atelier because I like their food and service, and I heard that they would have live band on New Year's Eve, which I thought was more appropriate for me than too formal dining. Since I have already dined at Per Se twice this month (both at the dining room and Salon), I initially chose L'Atelier over Per Se.

                        Having found out that their price would be the same as Per Se, however, I had a second thought and tried to book a table at Per Se instead.

                        Now that I can not get a table at Per Se, and since I already have reservations at EMP, Jean Georges, and Daniel in December, there's not much choice and I 'might' go for L'Atelier on NYE because I like it anyway. :) As much as I like Per Se, the difficulty with reservation process is beginning to get on my nerves as well.

                        1. re: kosmose7
                          ellenost Dec 1, 2011 02:37 PM

                          Wow! I am impressed by all of the fine dining you're doing! Have/are you posting your reports? Need to live vicariously through you ;-).

                          1. re: kosmose7
                            RGR Dec 1, 2011 03:02 PM

                            kosmose7, I agree that if one is going out on New Year's Eve and paying a very premium price, there should be a live band and dancing.


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