Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Feb 11, 2013 06:52 AM

EMP hours change?

Okay, I thought I kept pretty up to date on things involving EMP but I just happened to check their website today to check on the new cookbook (SIDENOTE: Saw an advanced copy at the bar the other night and it's beautiful, some wonderful photography and recipes even I could probably make) anyway, I noticed their hours posted for lunch and dinner. It looks like they have cut down the lunch to just Thursday and Friday BUT added, hold your breathe, Saturday. Also, it is showing dinner Monday through Sunday. I had no idea they made these changes. Anyone know how long it's been like this?

Addendum: Based upon lunchtime searches on Open Table it looks like this will probably kick in starting in March.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. That's wonderful news! I'm glad EMP is following more of the Per Se model (dinner 7 nights a week and lunch on Saturday--even though Per Se also offers lunch on Sunday). I can now enjoy the wonderful meal during the beautiful daylight hours at lunch on Saturday. If the lunch is as long as the dinner (which I'm sure it is), EMP is not really workable for a business lunch the way they were pre-grid, so shifting lunch to the weekend should work better for them (and for me!).

    5 Replies
    1. re: ellenost

      When I saw the Saturday lunch you were the first person I thought of, I knew you'd be happy.

      1. re: ellenost

        Per Se lunch is Fri, Sat, Sun, with dinner nightly. So EMP's new hours almost exactly coincide.

        1. re: kathryn

          Yup, and it's worked out well for Per Se so...

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            However, Per Se offers a shorter tasting at lunch. Whereas the EMP tasting is the same for lunch and dinner, yes?

            1. re: kathryn

              That is true (but we always go with the full tasting at lunches at Per Se eventhough we always say we won't). It would be wonderful if this change gave them (EMP) the flexibility to offer a shorter tasting at lunch, using Per Se as an example it could really reduce the lunch cost to maybe the $100 range. Hmmmmm, guess we'll have to wait and see.