So I don't know whether my expectations were too high given the raves I've heard about Per Se, but I went to Per Se last night with my husband and another couple and we all thought it was a fine meal, but hardly the transcendental experience we had expected.
We had the seven course tasting menu simply because we liked it better than either of the two nine course tasting menus (chef's tasting and vegetarian) they offered. Perhaps that was a mistake? It cost the same ($210) as the other two menus, so at that price the number of courses shouldn't make a difference.
We started out with those smoked salmon cones, then progressed through a soft-shell crab "sandwich", fava bean agnolotti, cod in some sort of pimento sauce, saddle of lamb, ricotta dumplings, pink guava sorbet, and "bread and chocolate." Everything was really good, but I can't say that they were the best I've ever had. We've had better tasting menus at Babbo for significantly less money.
Also, we never got any of those extra courses that people keep talking about. Again, if that's something that will be offered only with the chef's tasting menu, they should price the menus accordingly.
While I have friends who were underwhelmed with Per Se, I've never trusted their judgment when it came to restaurants. I didn't think I'd come away underwhelmed myself?! Personally, I would rank meals that I've had at Babbo, Jean Georges, Craft, and Cafe Gray higher than the one we had at Per Se yesterday.