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When dining at Per Se, you’re trading in consuming chef and owner Thomas Keller’s inventive cuisine amidst the rolling hills of Napa Valley for a view of the city and the treetops of Central Park. While some Keller fans don’t care for the commercial location inside the Time Warner Center, even jaded New Yorkers have to admit that the view of Columbus Circle and the park is quite grand (try to visit at dusk for a lovely view of the park). The setting certainly differs from Keller’s Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry, but the cuisine and service are just as excellent.
The nice thing about this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is that you’re guaranteed to have a good view wherever you sit — the two-tiered main dining room has large windows and only 16 tables. When we’re not doing the full tasting, we like to visit the salon, where you can walk in without a reservation and order from the à la carte menu. Not to out ourselves, but there’s a couch facing Central Park South that’s a cozy spot for a delicious bite and a cocktail.