Per Se, the Second Most Expensive Restaurant in NYC, will Raise Prices in 2016

per-seThe second most expensive restaurant in NYC, after Masa, is ranked to be Per Se. Thomas Keller’s Per Se is already priced at $310 including service and the dinner menu. However, in 2016 there will be a raise in its prices to $325. This increase will clear the way for other restaurants to follow suit as restaurants across the city prepare to grapple the cost of minimum wage increases and increasing food costs.

The three Michelin-starred venue hiked its prices, typically does every two to three years, was in early 2014 after the state’s minimum wage went up by 75 cents to $8. The upcoming hike concedes with the increase in the restaurants prices with the minimum wage increasing by a quarter to $9, and the tipped-minimum by 50 percent to $7.50.

Per Se will unlikely have a direct impact from the changes in regulation as tipped minimums don’t apply because service is included already in Per Se’s system. But the minimum wage change can influence the overall composition of hte labor force, and cause those that are already making more than minimum to seek corresponding raises to avoid salary compression with those receiving government-mandated increases. Per Se’s increase in $15 is deemed to be valid considering new federal overtime regulations, rising food costs, the ned to give merit-based raises to retain staffer.

With the increase in labor force in New York City, many restaurant owners have diverged in ways to cope with and strategically arouse the new regulation. Danny Meyer has eliminated tipping and instead raised menu prices, while Per Se is raising prices by $15 with already menu included tips. Overall, restauranteurs are finding alternative solutions to earn revenue to cover increasing costs. Dining out will become, even more, expensive in the following years with Cuomo’s integration of the $15 minimum wage campaign.

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Food Protection Course

The NYC Health Code requires supervisors to be certified in order to be onsite of food preparation and operations. The more the employees are certified, the fewer the fines paid and the easier it is to acquire a grade A. The New York City Hospitality Alliance is sponsoring a Food Protection Course that will earn the certification in only 2 1/2 days.

General Member rate is $145, and Non-member Rate is $170.

The courses will be broken down into 3 days. Day 1, Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 will be from 8 AM- 4 PM. Day 2, Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 will be from 8 AM-4 PM. Day 3, Thursday, November 19th will be the day of the exam at 1 PM. Day 1 and Day 2 will be at The Stumble Inn, 1454 2nd Ave, while Day 3, the testing center will be at Health Academy, 160 West 100th St, 3rd Fl.

The Alliance instructor is a highly qualified, respected and knowledgeable in food safety, the health code, the letter grade system and the operations of NYC food service establishments.

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