This meal at Per Se was one of my first ventures into the world of fine dining. I was invited to a family member’s birthday dinner in the private room, and having never heard of Per Se before, I had no idea what to expect. I was absolutely blown away by the entire experience — slightly overwhelmed by the menu, which was practically written in a foreign language, but at the same time very intrigued by the formality of all (I wasn’t used to my silverware being replaced after each course, nor had I ever had a meal that consisted of more than three courses). I had no idea that food could be made into something so beautiful and artistic, and taste so incredible. This meal helped to shape a new path for me — one where I began to develop a greater appreciation for food and started seeing it from a fresh perspective.
Per Se: 10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center)
Oysters and Pearls (“Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar)
Truffled Egg Custard with Veal Jus and Potato Crisp
“Macaroni n’ Cheese” (Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster, Parmesan Crisp, Creamy Lobster Broth, and Mascarpone-enriched Orzo)