Recently, I was invited to a dinner party at Per Se celebrating a friend's birthday. It was in a private room and the menu had about 13 courses with a different wine for each one. Did I have a wonderful meal? Of course, but was it really worth it? First, these multi course tasting start out great but can become dreary, one course blurring into the other. Only a truly great places, like at Jean-George or some of the top keisake places can this be overcome. Per Se was not quite up to it. Many of the courses were quite good- the famous salmon cornets and the oysters with the caviar. In fact, the starters and the desserts were probably the best. With the veal and beef dishes, there was competence and high quality, but it was missing that final step of wonderful taste that I have gotten at Bouley's or JG. If the prices weren't so steep or the reputation so high, I wouldn't be quibbling.