Last Saturday evening my best friend and I had one of the most incredible meals of our lives celebrating our 30th birthdays at Le Bernardin! Obviously for most people this is a splurge meal, but if you have the means to go here and the patience for a reservation then definitely go for a special occasion on when you're in the mood to spend some serious $$! Aside from the food being outstanding, the restaurant was beautiful and surprisingly modern (I expected classic French decor). Also, the service was first class -- we were very well taken care of by the highly professional, well-trained staff.
We did the 4 course menu as it had everything we wanted on it. We each tried something different for all 4 courses and then we split everything. Sometimes it was really difficult giving up the second half of my plate when I was really enjoying the dish! Standouts were the tuna tar tar on a cracker with foie gras, the crab bouillabaisse, striped bass tartar and both of our favorite dish -- the incredible langoustine with truffles in a balsamic vinaigrette sauce (so, so good!). Even though we favored some items I can honestly say that every bite was a dream. I guess I should have expected incredible sauces on everything considering it's a French restaurant, but we were really blown away by all of the exotic and diverse flavors. As for dessert, the chocolate torte I had was good and my friend's ice cream sampler was very tasty. The coffee ice cream was out of this world! Oh, and I MUST talk about the bread. We ate an embarrassing amount of bread, but only because every type we were given was AMAZING! Pretzel rolls, seasoned panini bread, sourdough baguettes, and these amazing sundried tomato rolls...wow wow wow!
Expect to pay $350+ per couple (even without alcohol), but I really can not stress enough that this is a great experience to have if you love fine dining and incredible food. I really hope I can make it back here some day! Bon appetit fellow foodies!
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