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Kids' Clothing Sale
Just in time for school, the Kidini sale, at the Divine Studio, 21 East 4th [Lafayette] Suite 605, 917.653.3643, takes place 9/14 and 9/15 9:30am-6pm and 9/16 9am-2pm. You'll find over 50 designers represented, with clothing and accessories for boys and girls (newborn to size 10) at 20%-80% off retail. Jackets, cashmere sweaters, dressers, pants, shirts and more from designers such as Charabia, Qi Cashmeres, Le Guignol, Malina, and Halabaloo.
Readers Weigh In on Per Se:
My husband and I had the good fortune to dine there last night. In the middle of the meal the staff learned of the 4 stars, and Champagne was poured for all diners. I thought Bruni was dead-on. The food was incomparable; it made Ducasse seem like a 2-star at best. Yes, the service can be a bit precious (we had an organic Marin County butter as well as a French butter to go with the bread 'Sean, our breadmaker' was offering) but the waitstaff was enthusiastic, genuinely helpful and not the least bit snobbish. How quickly will we go back? Not very — price won't permit it — but it was worth every penny.

Four of us ate at Per Se in June…perhaps one of the greatest meals I have ever been served. From the moment we literally bumped into the blue door and then figured out how to actually enter the restaurant, we were treated like royalty. We all ordered the nine-course tasting menu and allowed the wine sommelier to choose wine pairings for each course. The service, which we had feared would be precious and haughty, was anything but. The waiters were witty and funny and down-to-earth, while at the same time extremely professional. We laughed and had a wonderful time in the midst of eating the most amazing food ever. We all can still remember every single thing served to us and we talk about it whenever we get together. We even remember all of the wine pairings and the care the sommelier took in choosing the perfect wine for each course, discussing his choice before pouring it. Honestly, I don't think I have ever eaten such ambrosial food…we would taste each course, look at one another and say, "Omigod…" There was nothing else to say. Two of these people are extremely sophisticated foodies and very difficult to please. They have eaten at all the great restaurants, not only in New York but all over the world. I don't believe I have ever seen them this happy.

I went to Per Se in the beginning of July. My friend and I had the $150 tasting menu with the $20 foie gras supplement as well as a $75 wine pairing. Keller was not in the restaurant this day but overall my friend and I were very disappointed with our meal. If you spend $640 for two you expect every bit to be spectacular but only 2 or the 9 dishes were great, the rest merely decent. Strangely enough there was no sommelier at hand (which I'd expect at a restaurant of that level) but our waiter (who said he'd been the sommelier at Union Pacific) was happy to do a $75 wine tasting. I must say that his pairing was the highlight of the meal!

I loved it. Loved every second of it. I was a lone diner (at 10pm at night) and was treated like royalty — very rare for soloists. And without alcohol, I thought the $200 price tag before tip was well worth it.

We had the tasting menu at Per Se this summer and it was exquisite and the wine pairings were fabulous — they were wonderfully suited to highlight the flavors in the various dishes. I also agreed with him (and with you) that the restaurant is housed in the equivalent of a suburban mall, but the view is lovely and the service was elegant yet relaxed. Particularly compared to other 4-star NYC restaurants — I'm thinking of Ducasse in particular — it was a good value.
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Dog Sees God
"Dog Sees God" was voted the Fringe Festival's Best Overall Production and has transferred to off-Broadway for a run through September 19th. This comedy, about what happens to the Peanuts gang when they reach their teenage years, may not be pretty, but it is funny. Tickets have a top price of $38.50 and are available at 212.239.6200 or at Telecharge.
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