Per Se is a restaurant located at Columbus Circle in New York, New York, on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center. The owner is Thomas Keller
who is also involved in the restaurants French Laundry
and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, Bouchon, in Napa Valley and Las Vegas, and Bouchon Bakery, which is also located in the Time Warner Center in New York, New York. The chef de cuisine is Jonathan Benno. It opened in February 2004 in the Time Warner Center in New York City, and was a hotly anticipated restaurant, given Keller's high profile. The restaurant features Keller's distinctive hands-on approach, including his intense focus to detail that extends to cuisine, presentation, mood and surroundings.
Keller chose restaurant/hotel designer Adam Tihany to draw together subtle references of The French Laundry and elements from both his and Keller's pasts. The blue door entrance is modeled after the famed blue door at The French Laundry.
The dining room boasts extensive views of Central Park. There is also a salon, bar, and wine cellar. Like Keller's previous project, The French Laundry, Per Se features two daily prix fixe menus, one of which is vegetarian.
In August 2006, it was one of only three restaurants in the United States to be awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide
, along with Joel Robuchon at The Mansion and The French Laundry. They received the same honors in the 2007 and 2008 guides. In their December 2006 issue, Travel + Leisure Magazine named it one of New York's Top ...