Per Se or Eleven Madison Park?
Celebrating a big anniversary in October and looking for a special, once in a lifetime type of restaurant. Been to Jean-George and Daniel. Considering Per Se or Eleven Madison Park. Which did you like better?
Both are spectacular, you can't go wrong either way. We went to Eleven Mad last month and it was incredibly good in every way. Service, food, drinks. I think it's more fun. It has a lighter kind of mood and is really interesting. That would be my pick. My tip for you -- choose the coffee. That will make sense at the time.
The meal I had at Eleven Madison Park stood head and shoulders above the one I had at Per Se. There are more courses, more chances for interaction with the plates and the service, and a more innovative, creative approach given to each dish.
That's not to say that my meal at Per Se wasn't good; it was. But I found it to be very "safe", and none of the dishes really stand out in my memory.
I find both places to have similarly great service and food.
I find Per Se is a nice collection of courses. I find EMP is an amazing progression of courses. At EMP, there's almost a story to the meal. Each course has a purpose, has some character.
I find Per Se to be significantly more expensive than EMP. Per Se was about double EMP (both including tax/tip/alcohol) last time I went.
So for me, EMP.
Both have good savoury dishes
Desserts are uninspiring and rather dull @ Per Se
More stories to each dish @ EMP
More innovative @ EMP
Better service/ More interaction with cutomers @ EMP
Price more reasonable/ more number of courses @ EMP
If you don't want to be interrupted by stories, however, Per Se would be better choice.
I'm not sure why, but seems Per Se has lost a lot of its luster. Not sure if NY food scene has up its game or evolved away from Per Se's type of food. Or Keller isn't evolving to maintain interest.
Like most of the responders, I prefer Eleven Madison Park. My most recent reviews of both:
The general consensus seems to be along the lines of:
While both are excellent, Per Se seems to have peaked while EMP is still improving.
That being said, if you really enjoyed JG and Daniel, I think Per Se (and Le Bernardin) would be more similar to that type of experience than EMP would be.