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Lunch at Per Se Salon or EMP bar

choconcheese Apr 29, 2013 02:53 PM

For people that have tried both, which one would you pick? There are some pictures for PSS but I haven't found any for EMPB. Are the portions comparable and which experience as whole is better as far as the food and service?

  1. Spiritchaser Apr 29, 2013 08:58 AM

    Have done both as well as their respective dining rooms. I think they are both wonderful in their own ways but my nod would go to the bar at EMP because you feel more a part of the main room while still being a little removed from it wjereas the Salon at Per Se is completely seperate from the dining room. Portions are good but I wouldn't call either "generous" sized. They food in both places still comes from their incredible kitchens. I think bar service at EMP beats Salon service but it's really splitting hairs.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser
      choconcheese Apr 29, 2013 10:27 AM

      Thank you. I guess I still don't know which one to pick. My brother really loved his lunch two years ago, but that was before the change.

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      kathryn Apr 29, 2013 09:17 AM

      What day of the week is this for?

      EMP only serves lunch Thursday through Saturday from noon to 1:00pm (not sure if the bar hours differ, but I wouldn't expect them to differ much). They don't do Sunday lunch.

      Whereas Per Se serves lunch Friday through Sunday from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

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      1. re: kathryn
        choconcheese Apr 29, 2013 10:21 AM

        This coming Fri.

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        alepenazzi Apr 29, 2013 09:53 AM

        I've done both and I'd strongly recommend Per Se.
        Maybe I chose the wrong items but the dishes I had at the EMP bar were practically the same size of the tasting menu I had there a few months before. I finished two courses in two bites...

        At Per Se I found the portion to be a little more generous, and I preferred the service as well. At EMP I always had the sensation that I was at a bar, while at Per Se it felt like a different, smaller, restaurant, with the same quality of service and the same kitchen.

        I was personally ok with a starter - main course - dessert at per se (more or less 100$ tax included) while I added an other main at EMP (more than 130$ tax and tip included)

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        1. re: alepenazzi
          choconcheese Apr 29, 2013 10:25 AM

          I had a feeling the portions will be a little larger at PSS. I just don't want to spend around $100 and leave hungry.

          1. re: alepenazzi
            kosmose7 Apr 29, 2013 10:19 PM

            Per Se's desserts, and especially dessert course at the Salon, have become disappointing these days. Dull and boring.

          2. ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 01:36 PM

            Done both for lunch. Prefer PSS simply because for some reason I felt rushed at EMPB.

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