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Apr 19, 2012 11:17 AM

Per Se Alternative

I've had no luck with the Per Se reservation process and I'm looking for an alternative (for a very special event in May). I'd welcome any suggestions!

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  1. Based upon your request for Per Se I am assuming money is not an issue so I would say your short list of alternate locations would be:

    Eleven Madison Park (hard reservation)


    Le Bernardin (if you love seafood)
    The Modern (Dining Room)

    Possibly Bouley but I have not been recently

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      EMP and Bouley would be my choices (Bouley is still wonderful, and should be an easier reservation to obtain).

    2. I think EMP is really your best option, but it is likely the case that reservations are booked. You might consider Le Bernardin as well if you are into seafood.

      There might be other options as well if we knew more about what you are looking for.

      I would not trust Daniel for a "very special event" as it seems to be frequently maligned for having poor service. My most recent meal there (but not my first) had a distressing combination of poor service and truly mediocre food, problems which the restaurant knew about and didn't seem to care about.

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      1. re: nmprisons

        Thanks for the responses. I'm looking for a wonderful and memorable place to celebrate a big wedding anniversary, when we'll be in NYC for several days. I had settled on Per Se based on reviews and reputation, not realizing how hard the reservation is to come by. Although we are prepared to spring for Per Se prices, I'd be equally delighted to find a restaurant that isn't as expensive. Just a place that's really, really good!

      2. Jean Georges or Le Bernardin

        1. When in May? Most places takes reservations about a month before a date so many of the best places will be fully booked for dinner through a month from today which takes you through May 20.

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          1. re: Bkeats

            Lunch, if it is available, should also be considered. It is probably not as romantic at lunch but I had a great time. Lunch at EMP is also a viable option should evening not be available. Significantly less expensive for the same menu as well.