drum roll… per se

per se || 10 columbus circle #4, new york, ny 10019 || (212) 823-9335

per se probably needs no introduction but that just wouldn’t be proper. it has been long awarded with 3 michelin stars and maintained its status with good reason, thanks to chef thomas keller who ingrains the perfectionism into this establishment. this was a peaceful marriage between my eyes, tastebuds, and stomach and all senses, if that were to ever exist. my adventure from the 7 course lunch of 4 hours:

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afraid and/or excited selfie

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amouse bouche, salmon tartare on a cone

note the houndstooth theme on their plate sets and even the dinner cloth.

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“oysters & pearls” – sabayon of pearl tapioca + island creek oysters + sterling white sturgeon caviar

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i love sodium! various salts from rare places + different eras, to be paired with the foie gras to give different overtones & WOW to each bite

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“torchon of elevages perigord moulard duck foie gras” – foie gras is my achilles heel. this was as delicious as it looked

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“hawaiian heart of peach palm bavarois” – hearts of palm salad that initially sounded boring, but boring it was never.

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pretty bread i took a mini bite of just so i could taste their fresh butter

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more bread choices. if you have a spacier stomach, feel free to indulge in their breads. otherwise, pace yourself!

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“boudin de homard” – lobster pudding w/cauliflower purée + garden state peaches + piedmont hazelnuts + caper nuage (cloud)

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“four story hill farm’s suckling pig porchetta” w/brentwood corn + oregon chanterelle mushrooms + pea tendrils + aji dulce peppers

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the magic box of australian black winter truffles!!! don’t judge a book by its cover, otherwise truffles would be deemed as disgusting.

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charcoal grilled snake river farms’ calotte de beouf w/yukon gold potato rings + persian cucumbers + heirloom carrots + kendall farms crème fraîche

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the sinsu cocktail: st. germain elderflower liquor + grey goose vodka + hibiscus syrup + grapefruit juice. success! they had an extensive list of wines & scotches but as for the cocktail menu, i wasn’t inclined to order any of them & kindly requested my own concoction :D

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“assortment of desserts” part 1: fruits

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“assortment of desserts” part 2: ice cream

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“assortment of desserts” part 3: chocolates

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“assortment of desserts” part 4: “candies”

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the per se parting gift tin box of chocolate cookie sandwiches

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photo sesh time!

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commanding the art direction…or pointing out we’ve closed up shop, yet again.

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the per se photo sesh isn’t complete until you’ve taken a tour of their kitchen & waved hello to the chefs over at french laundry via their live video conference

merry xmas for your mouth & eyes!

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baoburg

baoburg || 126 n. 6th st., brooklyn, ny 11211 || 718.782.1445

yes, brooklyn. williamsburg, brooklyn. don’t you know that this is the new hipster area? if not, then you’re not as hip as i thought you were. :) nevermind that someone might have once frightened you by saying the residents dress like homeless people with iphones or that they are spoiled lazy hipsters – clearly, that’s false. if you’re a manhattanite or simply someone up for a [small] road trip and you are feeling so inclined to venture out into bk, this is the place to start!

it could not be more accurately self-dubbed as “the art of culinary in the heart of williamsburg.” i stumbled into this wonderful, reasonably-priced gem shortly before its official grand opening in october and had a chance to meet the young & awesome chef bao bao herself. the space is intimate – you can easily eavesdrop on others’ conversations even if you’re trying hard not to be creepy nosy – but very well put to use with a dark, sexy, stylish decor. it’s a 12-seater that screams exclusive & perfection yet approachable & accessible, unlike other 10-12 seat restaurants that can be pretentious and burn holes in wallets take months for reservations. there is an open kitchen where you can admire the chef & her team’s brilliance as well as enjoying the fumes of all things you haven’t [yet] ordered. their cuisine is french with spanish & asian influences – well that just seems like the perfect fusion.

here are the delicacies during their opening event: my favorite must-get is listed first, the seared duck ramen, which will soon be on every ramen addicts’ top 10 list. it is so tasty yet so guilt-free:

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perfectly seared duck breast on fresh thick ramen, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms & poached daikon radish in duck consomme.

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brie, walnuts, honey on toast – a classic but done so well!

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roasted beets + whipped goat cheese + pistachios

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smoked salmon toast bites

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rare & tender steak, cauliflower pureé, caramelized carrots, sautéed mushroom ragout & a lot of YUM.

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crab cake – on the heavier side, but great

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hello chef bao bao!!!

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enjoying a rosé & a scrumptious shrimp head

apparently, they have amazing options called sober bao and hangover bao served during brunch. i will definitely be revisiting baoburg very soon to share with you their daytime offerings.

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jean-georges

jean-georges || 1 central park west, new york, ny 10023 || (212)299-3900

gluttony is a sin, but not during thanksgiving, and definitely not in new york, so there wouldn’t be a more appropriate time to share with you my experience with the 3 michelin-starred restaurant’s impressive autumn tasting menu [with wine pairing, well why not?]. it was such a delightful experience + the portions are an agreeably abundant amount for humans. let the drooling glory begin:

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refreshing amuse bouche

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toasted egg yolk, caviar, & herbs

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japanese snapper carpaccio, ginger, white radish, olive oil

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fresh santa barbara uni toast

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grilled foie gras dumplings, port glazed figs & passion fruit

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arctic char, spiced jade emulsion and tender celeriac – only complaint was that the sauce was bit salty

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steamed maine lobster, summer squash, yuzu vinaigrette

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rare rack of lamb, smoked chili glaze, new onion compote, pole beans

i had to tap out on the last 3 after tasting just a bit to reserve a little space for the sweets!

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unfinished glasses of wine from the pairing. *smh with disapproval* let the glasses never be empty!

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late harvest dessert pairing

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classic chocolate dessert tasting

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palate cleansers

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lavendar macarons + other weight increasers

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using my hands, keepin’ it classy

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shutting down the place, as per usual. oh hey, did you want me to leave yet?

so, do we feel heavier yet? awesome.

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