I'm hoping to take my family to Per Se at the end of summer, and I have been wondering about budget and menu preference:
First, I would like my budget estimate to be realistic and precise. The main costs, i.e. alcoholic drinks and upgraded courses, are clear and known quantities. But one tiny grey area seems to be nonalcoholic beverages. Although Wikipedia states that "[the menu] includes non-alcoholic beverages and service", I am unsure of the following: a) Is this inclusive of tea and coffee? (As I recall, EMP has a $26 coffee option, and that would qualify as a surprise in my checking account.) b) The wine list (http://www.tkrg.org/upload/ps_wine.pdf) has some nice juices and carbonated drinks on page 95, but no prices—does that mean these are also complimentary?
Second, I am feeling a major, personal dilemma between the two tasting menus. The vegetarian menu has a lot of intrinsic appeal (Kajitsu is now one of my favorite restaurants), but on the other hand, I had read the The French Laundry Cookbook from cover to cover 7 years ago, and the prospect of finally experiencing a fish preparation, or a classic like "Oysters and Pearls", feels almost actualizing. For someone's first time at Per Se—and possibly the only chance within the next year or so—which menu would you recommend? The only thing stopping me from ringing up Per Se right now for a solo menu experience is that I would like my first time to be with my family. I guess I just need to google some more blogs and photosets, because in the end this is a subjective question. But any input on this would be useful.