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Jun 17, 2012 06:37 PM

Per Se dessert tasting menu

Thinking about doing this for a special occasion - anyone been and have any comments?
How hard is it to get a couple seats in the Salon on a Friday or Saturday night?

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  1. I just wanted to bump this thread because I was about to post the same question. I also couldn't find the hours for the Salon online - is that just because they are the same as the dining room at Per Se?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: jessbnjess

      Jess and jaba - probably too late for this info but I'll put it out there anyway.

      GF and I just stopped in last night and had the dessert tasting after seeing Macbeth. It was about 9:45 and we had no problem getting a spot in the lounge. We've dined in the dining room several times and it seems like we are always too full to enjoy dessert so this seemed like a good way to finally taste what they can do. All I can say is...WOW! It was fantastic, would recommend it to anyone looking for a special experience. This is not something most people could do soon after dinner because, as light as the desserts are, it's still 5 courses and a couple amuse (and we didn't share, we each had our own, thought sharing would detract from the overall feel).

      As for the hours we were told dessert tasting is available 7 days a week at dinner service, 5:30 -
      11:00 and at lunch service F,S,S. Cost is $65 and they have a nice selection of half bottle of champagne.

      1. re: Spiritchaser

        Thanks so much for the info! Not too late at all for me actually - I'm planning to go for the dessert tasting this coming Friday. I'm bringing my sister (a pastry chef) as a birthday gift, so we're planning to each have a late lunch and go all out with a dinner of desserts. Since we're not really eating dinner we were planning to head there on the earlier side (probably around 6), so I'm glad to hear the dessert tasting is available from 5:30 on!

        1. re: jessbnjess

          Can anyone tell me how long this experience lasts (I've read 2 to 3 hours, is that right?).
          Also, does it full you up so much that dinner afterwards is impractical? I know this is the wrong way around, but we are flying in on a Friday and I was planning to eat dinner at the Peking Duck House (because we want Peking duck) that night, and was thinking I could probably get into the Salon at 5:30.
          It looks like we could share a tasting - is that right if that's all we are having?

          1. re: DougWeller

            I think we were probably there for about 2-2 1/2 hours. We were really full before the last course even came. I think each of us only ended up eating one donut from the famous coffee and donuts and maybe 1 1/2 chocolates (we debated asking if we could take the rest of the chocolates home).

            I'm not sure if you can share, but someone else may be able to answer that question for you.


            1. re: jessbnjess

              I'm going to say we were probably there 2 hours, they were in absolutely no rush to get us out so we were leisurely in our pacing. It's a lot of dessert, personally I could never do it before eating a savory meal. Regarding sharing, I think I recall them specifically asking if we were going to share or each have our own (we did not share).

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                Thanks. I think we'll skip it then. I know my wife really doesn't like the idea of getting that dressed up anyway, and I'd have to buy a jacket. I'll try to find another place I can sample some desserts, NYC should have something!

                    1. re: kathryn

                      My review is included in the thread Kathryn linked to. When I went in January, we were there a little less than 2 hours. And, I didn't include this in my review, but my friend and I were both STARVING less than 3 hours later. We were sitting on my couch watching TV around 10:00 and all I could think about was eating something, but I didn't want to eat so late. So while it's a lot of courses, it's a lot of LITTLE courses and it's obviously very sugar/carb heavy (being dessert), so I'll actually go against the grain and say it probably would be a good idea to eat a little something substantial before, and hopefully prevent the blood sugar crash later.

                      1. re: charmedgirl

                        And looking at other reviews of Per Se, I don't think it's a good choice. I'm thinking ChikaLicious maybe:

                        Momofuku Milk Bar is a 6 minute walk from our hotel (The Jade).


                        1. re: DougWeller

                          Not sure I understand what you mean about other reviews of Per Se making it not a good choice. Do you mean negative reviews of Per Se in general or other reviews of the Per Se dessert tasting? Personally I feel each and every meal we have had at Per Se are easily among the best all around dining experieinces we've ever had.

                          1. re: Spiritchaser

                            I've seen a number of negative comments saying the dessert tasting menu has declined in quality - not Per Se in general. That plus the excessive dress code plus other interesting options make it not a good choice for us after all.