Dinner at Per Se - Suit or Blazer?

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  1. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I had dinner at Le Bernardin last Friday, and wore a suit/tie--seemed to be the overwhelming choice with the men in the room.

    Le Bernadin and Per Se are not on the same level, although they're obviously both in the far upper echelons of fine dining.
     


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    No one on SF has ever made this joke before.

    Good, I'm glad I could be the first! I know I've never heard the same joke twice! Who would have expected someone to have seen American Psycho before?

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    Le Bernadin and Per Se are not on the same level, although they're obviously both in the far upper echelons of fine dining.

    Uhh... yes they are.
     


  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    I would wear a blazer and tie.

    in my Pre-style forum days i was invited to attend a trip to vegas with the crew from the auto racing team i was working with.

    One of the investors in the whole mess was a guy who was a serious steak lover, so we went to Charlie Palmer's in the four seasons.....in t-shirts, jeans, and me in a pair of work boots.

    I think we offended everyone's sensibility quite thoroughly, the owner's best friend's Uncle was a chef there at the time, and declined to come out and say hello to us.

    I dont think the manager minded much though, everyone at the table ordered ordered lobster and double orders of Kobe steak, and the best part. The waiter graciously asked us if we would like to know what the market price was for the steaks we were ordering (none of us had any idea the price of kobe) and my friend Adam looked at him and say...."nah, we're not worried about it".

    Later on, after they sent us round after round of appetizers on the house, we found out the steaks we ordered were $200/ea and the bill for 6 people totaled $1600.
     


  5. JayJay

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    I know....what is the tasting up to now, $230 pp? I would still go though. In a suit.
    When white truffels are in season the tasting menu can be over $300, $365.00 iirc. Adding Wine along with before and after dinner drinks make for an eye-popping bill.
     


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    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    I would wear a suit to either Le Barnardin or Per Se. That said, if I were going to go with a blazer or non tie I would do it at Per Se before Le Bernardin. Le B is more formal in my mind. Probably splitting hairs though.
     


  7. JayJay

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    Uhh... yes they are.
    I disagree. Le Bernadin provides for a terrific meal, for sure. I LOVE seafood, so Le Bernardin is one of my favorites. However, Per Se, imo, clearly renders a different level of food presentation, service, and overall dining experience. For me, I enjoy them both, but there is no comparison between the two.
     


  8. Manton

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    Le Bernadin and Per Se are not on the same level.

    Yeah, I agree with the above, I think they are.

    Still, I am waiting for the Keller h8ters and the Ripert h8ters to have a rumble in this thread.
     


  9. kwilkinson

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    Yeah, I agree with the above, I think they are.

    Still, I am waiting for the Keller h8ters and the Ripert h8ters to have a rumble in this thread.


    I'm no h8er at all. As if I have any ground to stand on. I don't even deserve to be in the same room as either of those chefs. That said, I agree with what JayJay said.

    Although for me, it's all hypothetical.
     


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    I agree with above....Per Se is a level above Le Bernardin. While a very good restaurant, IMHO it is a step below the likes of Per Se, French Laundry, and Joel Robuchon.
     


  11. Manton

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    I'm no h8er at all.
    I didn't mean you. I meant, say, Vox as the Ripert h8er and Matt as the Keller h8er.

    I like them both, but then I have an unrefined palate and no money.
     


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    Suit. Only suit. When I went, I remember looking around and thinking less of the folks who weren't in suits. There is something quite formal about that place and I just think people look like they don't belong if they aren't dressed their best.

    Per Se is no Alinea, but it is fabulous
     


  13. Manton

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    Per Se is no Alinea

    The student surpasses the teacher. Progress is still possible. Good to know.
     


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    Per Se is no Alinea, but it is fabulous
    I agree. Same level of dining refinement but totally different dining experiences.
     


  15. kwilkinson

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    Per Se is no Alinea
    Nowhere is. [​IMG]

    The student surpasses the teacher. Progress is still possible. Good to know.

    I enjoyed your book more than The Prince.
     


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