Sunday, December 30, 2012

Per Se

We scored a reservation to per se by pure luck. We were on the wait list for Saturday and I was calling to change our dinner wait list date to another date. The reservationist waited until I said my piece and then asked if I would like to take a last minute cancellation for Saturday at 10 pm. I took it.

Eating so late is somewhat challenging - the meal was for David's birthday so we wanted to make sure we remembered this meal. So we took naps and I had an espresso in the evening.

We were seated at a large table with just the two of us facing out toward a grand view of Columbus Circle (funny looking at the time because of the exhibit around the Columbus statue). The wine menu was a 117 page document on an iPad. Our food menu was easier to navigate.

They gave us two nice amuse bouches - a tiny pastry filled with warm cheese and an ice-cream-cone-shaped coronets filled with salmon that were gone in two bites. We started with "Oysters and Pearls" which was this heavenly concoction of savory tapioca, oysters, and caviar. La ratte potato "vichyssoise" was memorable for a rather large slice of black winter truffle in the middle. We were floored by the butter poached scottish langoustines, which were soft, buttery, and utterly delicious. The elysian fields farms' "selle d'agneau" was tasty and was followed by a nice cheese plate by andante dairy's "etude". The "spiked tropical punch", a fig leaf-vodka granite with pineapple and tropical punch soda was extremely refreshing, and felt like a sorbet on crack. We drank a Pinot from Anthill Farms "Demuth Vineyard" from Mendocino in the Anderson Valley (2010). The rest of the meal is a blur with memories of exquisite macaroons, fancy chocolates, chocolate covered nuts, and a package of homemade cookies.

It was one of the best meals we had ever had. Perhaps we will be lucky enough one day to visit a second time.

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