Dinner at New York City’s Per Se starts at $325, the cost of the nine-course chef’s tasting menu or the vegetable tasting. (There are two tasting menus daily.) That price includes service, but not wine or tax.
Wine is available by the glass, bottle or half-bottle, but for the ultimate experience, go for the wine pairing. Taking your tastes into account, the staff will choose a glass of wine that complements your dish.
If you prefer a wine that is not on the 2,000-plus list, you can bring a bottle. The fine-dining restaurant permits up to three bottles per table for a $150 fee for each.
For a less formal option, try Per Se’s excellent Salon. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant serves a daily five-course tasting menu that costs $195 for walk-in guests. It’s a good way to sample the Thomas Keller’s masterful French cuisine without committing to a nine-course meal or having to make a reservation.