Long considered one of the best restaurants in New York (and with some astonishing views of nearby Central Park), chef Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred French stalwart is an ideal choice for visitors seeking surprises. During the nine-course chef’s tasting menu, no ingredient appears twice (which means you’ll have to slowly savour the signature, caviar-rich “Oysters and Pearls” and the butter-poached lobster). Healthy types will rejoice over the vegetable-only prix fixe menu while oenophiles will be easily won over by the 2,000-bottle, global wine list. Refined and intimate with only 16 tables, Per Se is a bucket-list, special-occasion restaurant. Plan ahead: reservations are accepted precisely one month in advance.
Nestled outside the southwest corner of Central Park, Columbus Circle is home to Time Warner Center’s high-end mall of 40 specialty shops and is easily accessible by many subway lines. Once there, you’re a few walkable blocks from the Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side.
Per Se | Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (at 60th Street), 4th Floor | +1 212 823 9335