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6th Anniversary Staycation – Per Se

We spent the weekend of November 1st at the beautiful Park Hyatt New York to celebrate our 6th anniversary – the reason for this was because I finally got reservations at Per Se, the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant from Thomas Keller, of Napa Valley’s French Laundry fame. I figure staying overnight would give Steve a nice break from having to be the designated driver all the time so spending a night in our favorite city was just extra icing on the cake!

As an FYI, Per Se takes reservations with a 2 month lead time from when you want to dine, so we made ours on September 1st. Actually, not me, per se, (pun not intended) but I asked my Amex Platinum Concierge to do it for me. I rarely use them at all and finally put the service to good use! Anyways, they came through and were able to secure us a dinner reservation at 6pm on the evening of November 1. The weekend was complete!

Since we spent a lot of time lounging at the Park Hyatt’s pool and jacuzzi earlier in the day, we were really relaxed by the time we had to get ready for dinner. Jacket is required for men (ties optional it seems) and I wore a black dress (my usual outfit of choice – and yes it was stretch-y). Since it was cold and rainy, I opted to forgo the heels and wore nice boots instead, it worked well since we walked to the restaurant.

My little black dress ensemble; us in the lobby of the Park Hyatt.

The Park Hyatt had umbrellas you could borrow and they were awesome. Strong and windproof. We walked the few blocks to the Time Warner Center and up to the 4th floor where the restaurants are located. We checked in with the hostesses and were seated immediately.

The interior of Per Se. View from our table.

We were presented with menus and we were touched by the little message up top. We were also given 2 glasses of champagne courtesy of the house, because we were celebrating our anniversary.

Complimentary champagne

Personalized menus

At Per Se, there are 2 fixed price menus, one which is vegetarian and another which isn’t. They are both the same price of 310 USD (service included). We both opted for the regular non-vegetarian menu, and I upgraded one course to foie gras for an extra 40 USD. Here’s pictures of each of our courses:

Amuse Bouche – Salmon Tartare Cones

“Oysters and Pearls” Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar

Hudson Valley Moulard Duck Foie Gras Assaisonne au Confit de Canard,Cranberry Chutney, Celery Branch, Parsnips, Greek Yogurt and Buckwheat tuile, served with toasted Brioche.

Different salts for the foie gras, my favorites were the Kilauea and the Haleakala ones. Obviously.

If you didn’t opt for the foie gras upgrade, you get a Salad of Roasted Radishes with Compressed Pineapple, Hawaiian Hearts of palm, Hass Avocado, and Young Coconut Vierge.

Some breads from their selection. These were sourdough and pretzel. I loved them both! Served with blocks of local butter, one salted and one unsalted.

Charcoal Grilled BigEye Tuna with Trout Roe, Koshihihikari Rice, Matsutake Mushrooms, Broccollini Florettes and Miso Butter

Georges Bank Sea Scallops with Musquee de Provence Pumpkin Ravioli, English Walnuts,Hidden Rose Apple Chip and Brown Butter

Liberty Farms Pekin Duck “Roti a la Brioche” with buying propecia Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Torpedo Shallots, Chestnut Puree and “Sauce Hydromel”

Snake River Farms “Calotte de Boeuf” with Globe Artichokes, Heirloom Carrots, Young leeks, Sylvetta Arugula, and Escabeche.

The one thing I didn’t take a picture of was the cheese course. I did not like it because it had two of my least favorite things – goat cheese and roasted red pepper piperade. I told Steve to finish mine, but I did have a few bites of the cheese and it surprisingly tasted ok for goat cheese. Then on to dessert…

The “Purple Cow:” essentially a fancy soda float. Traditional made with grape soda and vanilla ice cream, here it was more pop rocks and berry compote with ice cream.

Per Se “Banana Split” – the two wafer thin cookies are actually banana chips. Served with creme fraiche ice cream

This beautiful arrangement is entirely edible – – made from chocolate mousse, which chocolate, mint green sponge cake flakes, and sugar flowers. It was just too pretty to eat!

I want to say this was a chocolate hazelnut torte – at this point we were getting full especially from sugar! But it wasn’t over yet…

Perfectly plump medjool dates

Tier of sweet treats, including amazing nougat and caramel candies, macarons, and truffles.

A gentleman came around with a huge box of house made chocolates, each one with a different flavor. He basically memorized all 36 types of chocolates and repeated them at every table. I took two, a pistachio and black sesame in white chocolate. I want his job – except there would be no chocolates left…

Even more dessert, including cappuccino semifreddo and fresh warm doughnuts with cinnamon sugar. So many sweets! I wish I still had more of my sweet tooth.

What an amazing dinner…definitely a one in a lifetime experience and perfect for special occasions. All the courses were perfectly cooked – and although modern in presentation, represented classic flavors and none had that “weird” factor that you sometimes get with multi course offerings. My favorites were the classic oysters and pearls, the foie gras (worth the upgrade!), and the scallops with brown butter – perfection. Loved all the delicious dessert offerings, and wish I could have eaten more sweets; I would have gotten at least a few more chocolates from their wide selection if I wasn’t already so full and stuffed with sugar. At least I took the nougat and caramels home with me, and ate them the next day. They were really good!

A parting gift – chocolate creme sandwich cookies in a tin.

Thank you Per Se for an unforgettable experience!

As we were leaving the Time Warner Center, we noticed this booth where you could take your picture on a green screen and they would super impose you in the NYC Marathon!

We’re running the marathon too! But with an umbrella because you’ll never know what will happen.

To my amazing hubby, you are forever my rock.

Thank you for taking me to Per Se (and to every other restaurant I’ve wanted to try).

You’ve supported my in everything I’ve ever done, whether it be changing jobs, pursuing photography…

…even blogging.

You are the best person for me and it’s been a magical 6 years. I love you!

From November 1, 2008 at Ponte Family Estate Winery in Temecula, California.

On to our next adventure…Bali! We leave tomorrow!



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