Answers from Our Experts (1)
When you dine at Per Se, you're a very special guest: The dining room only has 16 tables, which can make getting a reservation at the New York restaurant tough. Luckily, additional tables in the salon accommodate walk-in guests for dinner or cocktails, so even if you're flying by the seat of your pants, you still have a shot to eat at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. Chef and owner Thomas Keller prefers intimate restaurants — his Napa Valley flagship, The French Laundry, has just 16 tables as well.
Per Se also has two private dining rooms: The West Room seats 60 guests for dinner or accommodates 80 for cocktails; the room can also be divided into two smaller spaces, for parties of up to 20. The East Room seats up to 10 people for more intimate gatherings.