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0.3 miles from Times Square
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When the definitive history of NYC's dining scene is written, Le Bernardin will have a chapter all to itself. Maguy Le Coze and Eric Ripert’s icon has ...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Le Bernardin, Zagat's top pick for 2013, and awarded the Michelin Guide's coveted 3-stars as well as The New York Times' highest rating of 4-stars, has maintained its status of excellence for over 20 years and its international acclaim as one of the world's top seafood restaurants. Owner/Chef Eric Ripert continues to set unsurpassed standards with his piscatorial paradise and partner Maguy Le Coze's seamless and unparalleled service. *When making your reservation, please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending THEATER so that we may accommodate you appropriately.
PRICE RANGE
$41 - $90
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
French
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a reservation to celebrate two 50th birthdays. We arrived, were warmly received, exchanged some great conversation in French with the Maitre D, then were whisked away to what was an excellent table. Although the food was absolutely impeccable, the service was the star...of our dining experience at Le Bernardin. A small team of waiters expertly moved us through the entire dining experience with warm smiles and careful attention to ensure we were always satisfied. Our one minor disappointment was with the Sommelier who really struggled to suggest an appropriate Sancerre. We ended up choosing one we know and purchase at home - but really wanted to try something new. The food, as stated above, was of outstanding quality and flawlessly prepared. The Dover Sole was a particular hit, as was the Sea Trout. Although many here have commented they felt rushed, our party did not get that sense at all. We carried on with great conversation over a few after diner drinks and, were surprised when a complimentary desert was delivered to the table with candles to commemorate the birthdays. All in all, a tremendous experience that was enjoyed by all.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My experience was a 5 out of 5. One of my best Birthdays and I had the honor to share this Michelin experience with my 17 year old son. This 8 course lunch experience exceeded my expectations. We sat in the Bar area which I...think is better than the dining area. The service was very intimate and attentive.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a birthday meal on a trip to new york and had the chef tasting menu (8 courses). The restaurant is very pleasant and the service was good in general. It was very professional. Some of the dishes were very good, others pretty average....The food was rushed very quickly. No chance to breathe between the courses. Having been to similar restaurants elsewhere, I am used to a much slower pace. Overall, somewhat disappointing for a 3 star restaurantMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are always reasons to reach excellence: - friendly welcome from the Maître D, - perfectly balanced exquisite food, - superb wine selection - exceptional ballet of attentive waiters and waitresses…. Le Bernardin excels in every parts of your culinary voyage. Merci Master Chef Éric...Ripert for an incredible voyage!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a magnificent dining experience! As good as one can find anywhere in the world. In beautiful surroundings, with friendly, attentive service without hovering one gets perfectly prepared fish dishes. It has been many years ago when last we ate here, a difficult to obtain...reservation and Covid some explanation.But we will come as often as we return to nyc. My wife had poached lobster in butter sauce and a mixed seafood dish while I had amazing octopus slices with chorizo finish on a bed of squid ink Spanish noodles and delcious langoustines. We shared a salt crusted roasted whole black bass the fillets simply melting in the mouth served along side with bayaldi. I had a great cheese course to finish. My wife had a strawberry confection. The helpful sommelier steered us to Guigal Condrieu which was perfect for our meal. At the end of the day the experience was persistent perfection.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I haven’t been here for a while so thought I stop by after a show but they didn’t like I had short sleeved shirt even though it was a collar shirt and it was like 80 F outside. Honestly, we are in the Theater District...with so many tourists, so give me a break. Anyway, they made me wear their dinner jacket and it was hot in that thing even though there was AC. For the record, I dined with a short sleeve shirt at Chef’s Table (3 Michelin Stars), Per Se (3 Michelin Stars), Masa (3 Michelin Stars), and Jean Georges (2 Michelin Stars), and no one made me wear any dinner jacket. Service was professional but seemed robotic. I felt really stuffy there. Perhaps it is better in their lounge area because it was more quiet there and less ppl running around. I think it’s too dark there but perhaps I’ve been eating too many traditional Omakases. Food is fine but I didn’t like the stuffiness or having to wear a jacket. Kinda done with tasting menu. The best tasting menu is actually Japanese Omakase and they don’t have a dress code in any of them no matter how reputable the chef, except for one in Chinatown.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

So I have been off trip advisor for some time but love making honest assessments if overrated places. I have been brought up in a very traditional society and I know that if you accidentally make a faux par you should not be embarrassed. I...was wearing a mask due to COVID. My colleagues were not but when I took it off to eat I should have put it in my lap. However I mistakenly put it on the table. I was made to feel very small by the staff. This is clearly an institutional decision. No civility at all. I know a bit about etiquette and the one thing I do know is that you never tell someone they are doing it wrong. Done very badly. When it came to the desert I was also offered coffee. My coffee Was served over my desert and I felt pushed aside by the waiter. I have eaten in many Michelin Star Restaurants but the service was not of the quality that I would expect. Clumsy and humiliating. They wanted to lecture me on etiquette yet having been to a British public school and would know how to eat with royalty this was very poor. OK, the food was excellent. Just do not ruin it with patronising behaviour. Chefs full marks but the Maitre De who was organising the show and leading the waiters should be educated themselves. The waiters could not answer questions about the dishes and I knew more about European wine than they did. Good food but not worthy of a Michelin star.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

A visit to Le Bernardin had been on my bucket list for many years. But, the menu - at least on paper - did not draw me in. And, given it is not easy to get a reservation, we kept putting it off. Recently, a...friend volunteered to make the reservation; so, we decided to give it a try. For me, one of the most memorable parts of the experience was the service. The ratio of staff to customers is very high and the servers were friendly, attentive and very efficient. The food, as to be expected was excellent. But, it has now been several weeks since our meal at Le Bernardin and the portion of the meal that I remember most was the bread. The bread basket contained five choices which were all absolutely outstanding. Our seafood was expertly prepared and flavorful, but, not particularly memorable. At the prices charged, I can understand why some people may not see the value in having a meal at Le Bernardin. If you value excellent service and food that it prepared well, I would definitely recommend Le Bernardin - it is a five star experience. If, however, you are looking for great food and a good value, there are probably better choices.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022

My mother’s follow up birthday dinner last Friday night at 3* Le Bernardin was spectacular. I’ve been here twice before, and this one definitely measured up despite the chaos. There was one faux pas slip by not introducing our final dessert course, and none of...us were wowed by the poached lobster or its sake pairing — but otherwise the meal and wine pairings were pretty flawless. The Dover Sole, Scallop Caviar, Langoustine, Tuna Fois Gras, and Pistachio dessert all were mind-blowing. Definitely worth a return trip. Absolutely loved it. This and Gramercy Tavern always deliver. My favorite 3* in NYC to be sure. Worth every penny. P.S. The St Regis New York concierge team earned its keep with this booking alone.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

My family and I had dinner at this restaurant for my PhD graduation. The five of us had a fantastic evening. The dishes were excellent and the waiters helpful, without the snob that one might expect from such an elegant place. The atmosphere was instead...busy, vibrant and joyful. We had the tasting menu and ordered wine by the bottle. I most enjoyed the lobster with its Japanese-style broth, and I think although everyone enjoyed every dish the langoustine was perhaps the one which drew the most "ohs". The desserts were delightful too, especially the rhubarb! This was an unforgettable experience for us.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022 via mobile

Visiting from France and fan of good gastronomy and Michelin restaurants, truth is we were a bit disappointed by our chef tasting menu at the Bernardin. Of course you get very good meals, made of high end ingredients (caviar, scallops, langoustines, lobster, sole, etc), accompanied...by a very good wine list (we had the last Grange des Peres), surrounded by waiters, what you dont get is the experience of a 3-star. No wow effect with a signature dish, no wow effect on the interior, instead a feeling of a « fast food » with a 7 plates tasting menu and coffee within 2h30. Service is way too fast, closer to a « brasserie », with plates removed while you are still chewing. This may be very good for a business lunch when time is short, there are probably other places more appropriate for a real Michelin experience. Or is it the NY way of life?More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022

This review is not meant to defame Le Bernardin but I believe some voices should be heard. With my sincere respect to chef Eric Ripert and his team at Le Bernardin, I booked my lunch reservation at LB for May the 27th and traveled from...Boston. I was first served by an Asian waiter who looks unhappy and a little bit unfamiliar with his job, but I’m fine with it, maybe that’s his personality and maybe he is new. However, when I finished my bread, I stained the tabletop with some bread crumbs and I wish it could be cleaned up as I don’t quite like it. I asked two of the servers but they only expressed that this is done after I finished my main course. I understand that it is how they are trained, but if a guest would like his table to be cleaned, it doesn’t hurt to help him clean it up! Up to this point, I’m also ok, I thought maybe they are just stubborn. BUT! When the main courses were served, I didn’t quite catch how the potato puree is supposed to pair with the fish so I politely asked the same waiter who told me to wait for the clean-up, he seems to be unhappy (though he denied it) and almost THREW the potato bowl into my partner. I thought I was too sensitive, but my partner was also petrified. I was trying not to ruin my birthday so I didn’t say anything during lunchtime. The rest of the lunch experience was good (another team member served me, who was very kind and gentle). I also left an 18% tip, even though I’m not happy at all about what I experienced. I wrote an email to LB after my lunch and I soon received a call from Mr. Tomi Dzelalija, the DM at LB. He kept explaining that he saw the process and thought that was the normal way to serve. I was astonished. I’ve dined at 76 Michelin-starred restaurants in NY and I never received such rudeness and arrogance. I wasn’t exaggerating, because the waiter was literally throwing the bowl, there was a sound when the bowl hit the table, and he was also turning my plate sooo fast. If that was his “normal” way, I would suggest him to not work at such a restaurant, because most guests would be frightened. This Mr. Dzelalija sounded protective and kept saying that it was NORMAL, and he would offer me some treats if I come next time. Well, I won’t try my luck here just for a glass of champagne, I’m not cheap. I’m not some famous person, I’m not a star, I’m not your chef friend, I’m not a businessman who would tip you 50%, but I’m your GUEST, I was being polite, I was wearing a decent suit and act normal, why should I receive worse service. That’s not how a three Michelin star restaurant should be. The day before this, I dined at The Modern, and after LB, I also had my birthday dinner at CTBF. Even the notorious CTBF treated me so kindly and answered a lot of my questions. Thanks to The Modern and CTBF for helping create a better birthday trip that is ruined by LB.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

Obviously world class purveyors of tiny but superbly prepared fish dishes, but meal would provide insufficient calories without the copious amounts of (excellent) bread offered during meal. Thankfully absurd dress code has been relaxed.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022 via mobile

A once in a lifetime experience with creative flavors, excellent service and a beautiful setting. Our family of five enjoyed our two hour experience led under the capable service leadership of Angel with a precision staff. High price and well worth it. Maybe I will...make it more than once in a lifetime.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

I'll start by saying the food was excellent! We did the Chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. We have done other Chef's tastings with pairings at French Laundry, Eleven Madison Park (before they went vegetarian) and many others but those were true memorable EXPERIENCES. The...entire meal we felt rushed. The Sommelier spoke so quickly we could barely understand her and she really seemed like she couldn't have been bothered. It may be that we were 4 women in this mainly male customer base. This has been on my bucket list for so many years and I had such high hopes but was truly disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
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