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Help With Details on Per Se Salon

Would appreciate info on the Per Se Salon from some of you who have dined there.

-Are the dishes "small" plates? How many savory dishes would be appropriate for normal meal.

-Are Resv accepted in the Salon. If not, is there an issue being seated promptly, Thurs-Sat evenings.

-I think I read seating is on couches with coffetable type tables...is this correct and if so is comfortable for dining

--Would an hour and half or two hours be about the right amount of time for a meal in this room.

-Any other insights on the Salon appreciated!

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  1. -Are the dishes "small" plates? How many savory dishes would be appropriate for normal meal. - The plates are sized like appetizers. I'd recommend two or three savory dishes. The meal comes with the signature salmon cornets and gougeres and lots of petit fours including macarons and chocolates.

    -Are Resv accepted in the Salon. If not, is there an issue being seated promptly, Thurs-Sat evenings. - Reservations are not accepted in the Salon. It never seems to get too crowded.

    -I think I read seating is on couches with coffetable type tables...is this correct and if so is comfortable for dining. - It's comfortable since the couches are not very high and the tables are not too low.

    --Would an hour and half or two hours be about the right amount of time for a meal in this room. - An hour and a half would be sufficient.

    -Any other insights on the Salon appreciated! - The Salon is best for light appetites. To manage your expectations, the Salon is a good intro to Thomas Keller's cooking but you obviously won't experience the virtuosity and dramatic sweep of the full tasting menu. Don't expect to get as full as you would in a normal restaurant unless you plan to order several dishes. Also remember that jackets are required for gentlemen.

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    1. re: Scott_C

      Thanks, Scott C........appreciate your comments. Very helpful.

      1. re: Scott_C

        Do they ever have the oyster and pearl at the Salon? Seems like a trip to Per Se would be incomplete without it?

        1. re: villainx

          I don't think I've ever had that in the Salon.

          1. re: villainx

            I've never seen oysters and pearls on the Salon menu though other signature dishes like the cornets, gougeres, foie gras and lobster are routinely offered.. I haven't tried requesting oysters and pearls at the Salon but who knows, they might oblige.

            1. re: Scott_C

              I'm always given either the cornets or the gougeres as an amuse.

              1. re: Sneakeater

                I don't think that they have a clear rule about amuses etc...

                For example, a few weeks ago at lunchtime I had both cornets and gougeres, an other time at dinner I received only the cornets but they gave me a small bag of (delicious) cookies to bring home at the end..

            2. re: villainx

              I've asked to have oysters and pearls and they have been kind enough to provide it in the salon. Cost 60dollars.

          2. I was pretty satisfied with one entree and one main course (agnolotti and a lamb dish) plus a dessert. They're definitely bigger then both the entrees and the main courses on the Eleven Madison Park Bar menu.
            The fois gras is one of the biggest piece I had recently (definitely bigger than the NoMad, EMP, Tocqueville or Jean Georges) while the main course lobster is pretty tiny.
            If you're going with someone you could share three entrees and then get one main course each, but personally I'd rather stick with two savory dishes, one dessert and if you're still hungry you could order their signature coffee and doughnut dessert to finish.

            I really like the Salon, it's a great taste of Thomas Keller cuisine at a reasonable price (considering the price of the tasting menu) and the service is always impeccable.

            Be aware that on a friday or a saturday around 8/9 you might have to wait because there are only a few table and a dreadful "bar" table with stools that you might need to share with someone else (I'd strongly recommend to wait rather than dining at the "bar" table).

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            1. re: alepenazzi

              I have to agree about how much you need to order. I'm usually satisfied with one appetizer and one main dish and maybe a dessert.

              (And I'm a hog.)

              1. re: Sneakeater

                sneakeater - I am agreeing with you yet again! I can eat quite a lot when I plan for it, and I have found that in the Salon, one app, one entree, and a shared dessert are more than enough when combined with all the amuse, bread, bonus courses, etc. I've never actually eaten at the dining room in Per Se, only at the FL, but I think I would prefer the Salon over the dining room anyway.