For a belated Christmas present, my sister took me for lunch at Per Se, Thomas Keller's restaurant in New York. Her friend's fiancee is a waiter there, which allowed us not only a reservation, but some special service too. It was absolutely incredible - I've eaten at a lot of restaurants, and this one really stood out. From the opulent room (something like 16 tables in total, all overlooking Central Park), to the flawless service (formal without being stiff, friendly, extremely knowledgable, impeccably mannered and attentive without being even slightly annoying), to the presentation (many of the serving dishes were designed specifically for a presentation) to the 18 courses, including 8 dessert courses, I was stunned. Almost every bite was an epiphany - and many courses were no more than a single bite. The wines were perfectly paired: champagne, sake, a couple whites, a red and a dessert wine. Has anyone else been?