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Per Se vs. Eleven Madison Park? Which to make a reservation to?

metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 09:37 AM

Which would you try to make a reservation to? Per Se or Eleven Madison Park?

I would be going with someone who is not a shellfish eater. I called both and they said they are willing to accommodate the menu to her. She's a little afraid to try Foie Gras, but would be willing to... and loves steak.

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    peter j Nov 13, 2013 10:35 AM

    If your friend is a picky eater, the better choice would Eleven Madison Park.

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      metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 10:48 AM

      Thank you both for the replies. Beef doesn't have to be a must btw. For any particular reason Eleven Madison Park would be better for a picky eater?

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        ellenost Nov 13, 2013 10:53 AM

        Depending on how picky your friend is, she may not enjoy either restaurant. Neither restaurant would appeal to someone who prefers food prepared simply with no sauces or garnishes.

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          metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 10:58 AM

          She isn't INSANELY picky. Shellfish upsets her stomach, and she never tried Foie Gras before.

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            ellenost Nov 13, 2013 11:02 AM

            Sounds like she'd enjoy both restaurants. Many people have shellfish allergies (I did when I was a child; fortunately I outgrew it). If your friend hasn't tried foie gras before (and is willing to try it), all of the foie gras preparations at Per Se and EMP would be her best introduction.

    2. Spiritchaser Nov 13, 2013 10:44 AM

      Both restaurants are exceptional but EMP is just so much more fun/enjoyable because of the playful nature of the menu and service; that's not to say the food and service isn't serious because it is.

      I just want to make sure you are familiar with the restaurant formats because depending upon when you go there may not be ANY beef at all on the menu if that is a must have.

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        ellenost Nov 13, 2013 10:51 AM

        Agree with you that while both restaurants are wonderful, EMP is simply more fun! I've dined at both restaurants a few times this year, and I would definitely pick EMP over Per Se.

        I dined at EMP last week and the choices for the main protein were duck and venison (no beef).

        1. re: ellenost
          metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 11:00 AM

          Interesting. Well EMP on the phone seemed very happy to alter the menu for the "non-shellfish fan." So maybe they'll add another protein.

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            ellenost Nov 13, 2013 11:05 AM

            Both restaurants are extremely accomodating for food allergies/dislikes. Both restaurants have in their computer systems that I hate olives.

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              Spiritchaser Nov 13, 2013 11:42 AM

              So she doesn't like shellfish but fish is okay right? You would have no problem at either place but I would still give the nod to EMP. And if by chance they still have the venison I would strongly encourage ordering it; it was so good at dinner in the dining room I went back and had it at the bar! But another fun option would be for you to get one protein and your dinner companion gets the other choice and you could sample each others (my GF is a vegetarian so this plan is never an option for us).

              1. re: Spiritchaser
                metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 12:52 PM

                thank you so much

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                  Spiritchaser Nov 13, 2013 12:57 PM

                  You are more than welcome. Do you already have the reservation? EMP opens their books 28 days out and the phones go live at 9:00AM.

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                    metalmeatwad Nov 13, 2013 04:24 PM

                    Trying in the morning

        2. kosmose7 Nov 13, 2013 08:11 PM

          Both restaurants are good but if she is a dessert lover, avoid Per Se because its desserts are really boring these days.

          1. Spiritchaser Nov 14, 2013 07:16 AM

            Did you get the rez you were hoping to get?

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              SeekingBeauty Dec 3, 2013 07:43 PM

              I am on a special diet myself. While dinning at the two restaurants you mentioned above, I found that Per Se is more accommodating. Please don't get me wrong, they both tried to give me different options, but Per Se went far and beyond. Paid extra attention.

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                bluefirefly Mar 7, 2014 01:29 PM

                You've probably already decided but for those who have an upcoming trip to NYC and run across this thread... it may be a better choice to go with EMP in the meantime...?


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                1. re: bluefirefly
                  Monica Mar 7, 2014 01:37 PM

                  what is wrong with you???

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