Per Se (restaurant)

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Per Se
The main dining room, February 2008
Restaurant information
Established February 2004
Current owner(s) Thomas Keller
Head chef Thomas Keller
Chef Eli Kaimeh
Food type New American, French
Dress code Jackets required[1]
Rating 3 Michelin stars (Michelin Guide)
Street address The fourth floor of the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle (at West 60th Street and Broadway) in Manhattan
City New York City
State New York
Postal code/ZIP 10019
Other information prix fixe is $310[1]

Per Se is a New American and French restaurant located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle (at West 60th Street and Broadway) in Manhattan in New York City, owned by chef Thomas Keller.[1] It has been called the best restaurant in New York City by the New York Times.[2] The chef is Eli Kaimeh.


The owner is Thomas Keller who is also involved in the restaurants French Laundry and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, Bouchon in Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, and the Time Warner Center and Rockefeller Center in New York. Per Se opened in February 2004.

Keller chose restaurant/hotel designer Adam Tihany to draw together subtle references to The French Laundry and elements from both his and Keller's pasts, for example, the decorative blue door to the right of the main entrance is modeled after the blue door at The French Laundry.

The restaurant features a salon, bar, and wine cellar. Like Keller's previous project, The French Laundry, Per Se features two daily prix fixe menus, one of which is vegetarian.

As of February 2010, it is one of only seven restaurants in the United States to be awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide, along with New York restaurants Daniel, Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges, Masa, Chef Keller's California restaurant The French Laundry, Alinea in Chicago, and The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena.[3] The restaurant currently has four stars, the highest rating, from the New York Times (awarded in 2004[4] by Frank Bruni and again in 2011[5] by Sam Sifton) It was named as the 9th- best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2007.[6] Restaurant ranked Per Se number 10 in the world in 2011.[7]

Per Se's former head sommelier, James Hayes, is currently the associate beverage director for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.[8]

Phoebe Damrosch's Service Included, a non-fiction account of her employment as a waiter at Per Se, was published by William Morrow and Company in September 2007.

In 2010 Jonathan Benno, who had been chef de cuisine since the restaurant opened in 2004, left to be executive chef of a Patina Restaurant Group restaurant at Lincoln Center called Lincoln.[9]


On a typical night, each diner is given the choice of one of two prix-fixe menus: a nine-course vegetable tasting menu or a nine-course chef's tasting menu; each costs $310,[10] which includes non-alcoholic beverages and service. Menus frequently include up-charges for luxury ingredients such as foie gras and truffles. The price has steadily increased since the restaurant's opening when a tasting menu was $150 without tax and a service charge.

The private room can accommodate approximately 10 people, while the west room can accommodate 62 – the same number of seats as the French Laundry.[11]


In 2013, Zagat rated it the best American cuisine restaurant in New York City with a rating of 29, as well as the best for service with a rating of 29, and ranked it the 2nd-best restaurant in New York City.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c "Per Se | Manhattan | Restaurant Menus and Reviews". Zagat. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ SIFTON, SAM (October 11, 2011). "A Critic Selects a Last Meal". New York Times. 
  3. ^ "2010 NYC Michelin stars". Michelin guide. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bruni, Frank (September 8, 2004). "The Magic of Napa With Urban Polish". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sifton, Sam (October 11, 2011). "A Critic Selects a Last Meal". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "World's Top 50 Restaurants 2007". May 28, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Restaurant, The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards: 2011
  8. ^ "Know Your Bubbly". Zagat. February 11, 2009. 
  9. ^ Fabricant, Florence (September 15, 2009). "Off the Menu". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Menu PDF
  11. ^ Per Se – New York, NY
  12. ^ "Best New York City American Restaurants". Zagat. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Best New York City Service Restaurants". Zagat. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 40°46′07″N 73°58′59″W / 40.768735°N 73.982938°W / 40.768735; -73.982938