Eating at Pierre Sang is like playing a game, where the goal is to guess what you’ve just eaten. There’s no set menu—instead, dishes get dropped off and you’re left to savor and reflect on your own. Once you’ve placed your silverware back on the granite plaque for cutlery, someone will arrive to ask what you think you tasted. Perhaps you thought you ate tender veal, but it was really pork filet mignon. Those “cherries”? Actually, they’re beets! Same goes for that carrot purée—it’s butternut.
This type of experience isn’t for everyone, and you probably shouldn’t bring someone who’s a picky eater. Instead, show up with a date or friend who’s down to experiment. The non-pretentious servers—and the namesake chef, a French-Korean and finalist on France’s Top Chef—just want you to enjoy what you’re eating, and maybe understand it a bit better.