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Per Se for Wedding Anniversary dinner?

Thanks everyone for weighing in! I have a feeling there will never be consensus on this question, perhaps we all have different ideas of what "romance" is? As my dear mother said yesterday, it's an awfully nice dilemma to have.....I do get the impression that one's experience at Daniel can be either superlative or dreadful depending on the service (and this seems to relate to either being a "regular" or perhaps just looking the part) whereas it seems diners at Per Se are universally spoiled. As important as the room and the food is, I do feel that warm and attentive service is what really makes an unforgettable night. We've had a few experiences (mostly in EU) where everything was wonderful but the service was so staid that it was almost a relief when the night was over.

Jun 18, 2012
cocoali in Manhattan

Per Se for Wedding Anniversary dinner?

You have given me an idea, perhaps a cocktail or two somewhere romantic enroute to Per Se? I'm usually so decisive about where to eat but I am trying to get everything in one place... maybe I just to need to chill out and enjoy the Per Se experience, thanks!

Jun 18, 2012
cocoali in Manhattan

Per Se for Wedding Anniversary dinner?

Thanks so much for your insights. We were at Alinea with friends so it was all about the food and not the ambiance. That being said I loved the service at Alinea as they were having just as much fun as we were, same has been true everytime we've visited EMP.

Could you please elaborate on Le Bernadin's ambiance/service? I've never had the chance to eat there.

We really enjoyed the room at Del Posto although the food wasn't as stellar as other NY places we've enjoyed. Sometimes it's worth the compromise when you're looking for romance!

Jun 18, 2012
cocoali in Manhattan

Per Se for Wedding Anniversary dinner?

Thanks Chloe, you answered my question perfectly. I think Per Se will be for our next visit and we will go with romance this time around!

Jun 18, 2012
cocoali in Manhattan

Per Se for Wedding Anniversary dinner?

Hi Chowhounders;
We are visiting NYC from Toronto in a few weeks and we have a reservation at Per Se but I confess I'm having second thoughts about my choice purely from an aethestic perspective. We love tasting menus, past favourites include EMP, Jean Georges, Alinea and Del Posto. We've never been to Per Se but I'm worried this isn't the right place for this occasion. I'm looking for a cozy romantic place, preferably with booths where the food is fabulous but the ambience isn't "corporate" or "sterile".
We will back to NY in a few months, should we save Per Se for the next visit and go somewhere more "Anniversary-ish" this time? I keep looking at other options like Daniel, Gilt, Le Bernadin and Corton but they seem to fall short too.....
Thanks for your thoughts!

Jun 18, 2012
cocoali in Manhattan