Thomas Keller's Per Se shoots straight for the stars. And it soars high — and often — enough to grab four of them. more →
Chilled carrot soup; chilled pea soup; sabayon of oysters and caviar; warm potato salad; tagliatelle with truffles; lobster; Kobe beef with marrow; chocolate tower with peanut soup; "creamsicle."
The French Laundry is widely touted as the best restaurant in America, and Per Se seems to have been conceived, rather self-consciously, as its august big-city sibling. more →
Cappuccino of forest mushrooms; oysters and pearls; chaud-froid; bacon and eggs; macaroni and cheese; snails; scallops; boeuf grillee; creamsicle; coffee and doughnuts
Fans of The French Laundry were worried that Thomas Keller's original masterpiece would suffer if he split his time on both coasts; New Yorkers were equally skeptical of a California transplant blossoming in their tough-as-nails restaurant market. As evidenced by his back-to-back Top 40 inclusions for both restaurants, it's clear the concern was all for naught. Not even the most cynical New York diners can find fault with Keller's incredibly inventive fare and topnotch, synchronized service.