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“Worth it in every respect”
Review of Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin
Ranked #10 of 13,938 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $90
Cuisines: Southwestern, French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 6th and 7th Avenue
Transit: B, D, E, F, N, Q, R & V, W, 1, 2, 3, subway trains
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

After the Theater, we made a reservation at Le Bernardin. Even at the late hour of an 11PM reservation the restaurant was bustling. We arrived early and were asked to have a cocktail in the bar while they spent 20 minutes getting our table ready. The cocktail list was interesting with a mix of classics and modern libations. The bar snacks were also of high quality - the candied walnuts with pepper were my favorite.

Two years ago the dining room and bar area were given a sprucing up. The bar area was enlarged and the entire space's decor was given a welcome modernization. All making for a pleasing experience from an atmosphere perspective.

However, it's all about the fish here. This was our second visit to Le Bernardin and it didn't disappoint. Sure, there were a couple of wine pairings we didn't agree with, but the food was outstanding. We opted for the seven course Le Bernardin tasting menu with wine pairing. I'll admit, I'm not a person who really likes fish, but if Eric Ripert would cook for me I'd become a pescatarian. For the quality of the food, presentation, and level of service, I found Le Bernardin to be a good value (especially when compared to some of its NYC contemporaries).

Following the obligatory and quite tasty amuse bouche, came the tuna course. Deceptively simple, this dish was a surprise of flavors and textures. It was pounded almost paper thin, placed on top of toasted baguette, and topped with foie gras. The contrast in textures between the fish and bread alone was enough to give the dish rave reviews but it delivered on flavor as well. The scallop in dashi with brown butter was a marvel. The broth made you want to pick up the shell that the sweet and tender scalloped rested on and slurp it.

I could go on about the experience and food, but wouldn't do it justice. I highly recommend making a reservation (well in advance) to try to the current menu. It's worth the price of admission!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Went there with high expectation, unfortunately I was disappointed. I had the tasting menu with family. This was not the only 3 Michelin starred restaurant I tried, so I would compare it with other 3 Michelin starred's i have tried. First, the service was just average. The servers were a bit 'mechanical' but polite. Second, the food was good but not exceptional. The bread it served was cold and very average. The fish's sauce was not acceptable, it was like some kind of Japanese sesame oil, that is MSG sauce frequently used by Asian restaurants. However most of the dishes were cooked fairly delicately. Third, the presentation was just all right. Have seen better presentation in some other non Michelin starred restaurants. Overall, food was good but nothing memorable. Have tried quite a few restaurants with lower ratings and less cost but of better quality.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I guess we expected so much more from this 3 star Michelin restaurant because when you're awarding a restaurant such a high honor, you expect an overall great experience. Unfortunately, that was not to be for us. The service was amiss, dinner was rushed and the ambiance was lackluster. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because the food was indeed fabulous. Everything we ate was prepared beautifully and was absolutely delicious. It's definitely a place you want to try once, but once was enough for us.

2  Thank YoConn004
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The best seafood anywhere and fancy atmosphere. Quite pricey, but worth it for special occasions or business meetings.

1  Thank MitchellW102
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Stopped in for the City Harvest lunch at the bar. It was terrific and I can't believe it's $40.

I had a carrot ginger soup with diced lobster cubes....sheer perfection.
The main course was cod with a Meyer lemon emulsion. The fish was cooked to perfection and was somehow slightly crispy on top...just fabulous.
I finished with a selection of ice creams and sorbets...salted milk chocolate, strawberry sorbet, milk sorbet (inexplicably good) and vanilla ice cream. Served with a brown butter shortbread cookie.

The service there is always wonderful and I love the decor. This may be my favorite restaurant anyway. If you have never been do the City Harvest menu in the lounge or bar. Very affordable way to sample Eric Ripert's wonderful cuisine. You get a choice of two dishes over 3 courses and a contribution to City Harvest is made. You can't lose here.

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