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“A Special Occasion Gone Wrong Saved by Le Bernardin”
Review of Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin
Ranked #12 of 14,285 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $90
Cuisines: Southwestern, French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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 November 13, 2013

Le Bernardin truly saved a recent Saturday night out on the town. The food and (equally important) the service are both worth every single Michelin star and praise.

My fiance and I originally made reservations to celebrate his birthday at our (now former) go-to special occasions restaurant, which is around the corner from Le Bernardin. However, that experience started off so poorly that we had to leave the other restaurant (that which shall not be named). We were so hungry and my fiance was so miserable on his birthday, that we figured it was worth a try walking over to Le Bernardin to see if they could seat us. To our surprise, the staff welcomed us with open arms and set up a table for birthday dinner "take two" in the lounge area.

The lounge area features the full menu. Some key food items to sample on your visit: Tuna (first course), Lobster "Lasagna" (second course), Langoustine (second course), Lobster (third course). Of course, Eric Ripert wouldn't have something on his menu that wasn't worth trying, so it's hard to go wrong with anything you choose. Having always wanted to try Geoduck, I figured if there were ever a place to be adventurous, this was it. The table next to us did the same thing!

We haven't stopped raving about the experience all week. Thank you, Le Bernardin!

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I just traveled to New York with another couple and we were looking forward to our dinner reservation at Le Bernardin. The service, food, wine, and ambience of the experience was exceptional. Our table had the Le Bernardin tasting menu with paired wines (HIGHLY recommend!). Despite knowing how high of standards this restaurant has, I did not find a single flaw in our service. Our water glasses were full at every moment during dinner and our courses were delivered promptly after the previous one finished. All this happened seamlessly.

French food at its finest. Will definitely be back someday.

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Thank OkieJeannette
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Le Bernardin is one for the record books. Our smoked salmon amuse-bouche was a great way to start off an excellent meal. Although my first course wasn't too good (sea urchin and bone marrow) it was probably too courageous to try two things whose textures I don't agree with very well. However, the star course more than made up for this, the blackened sea bass. It had just the right amount of crispy skin and decadent meat with a citrusy broth that was too good to be true! Definitely the best piece of fish I have ever had. I will no doubt return to this fine seafood establishment.

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Thank Lane H
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Le Bernardin is on every critic's list of the 10 best restaurants in New York City, usually in first or second place, so we decided to try it on our recent visit to the city. It is listed as a French - seafood restaurant, and the motif is strictly fish and seafood as it has only 3 non fish or seafood dishes on the menu and they are listed as "on request".
Everything about our meal was absolutely perfect. The menu is split into 3 categories - first course, "almost raw"; second course, "barely touched"; and the main course, "lightly cooked". The evening prix-fixe menu is 4 courses for $130. The service was excellent without being overbearing.
All the dishes we had were original and just perfect. We had the chef’s opening snack, which included marinated salmon and 2 other tidbits which I can’t remember what they were now, but I do remember that they were delicious. My appetizer was described on the menu as "layers of thinly pounded yellowfin tuna, foie gras and toasted baguette, chives and olive oil". Attached is a picture. The dish was incredible. The foie gras and baguette are hiding beneath the yellowfin tuna. The tastes combined perfectly and the dish was heavenly. In another picture I have attached, was pan roasted lobster, charred baby leeks, sea bean and mango salad, with lobster - lemongrass broth. The red rings on the plate are thick slices of the lobster tail, each residing in its own slice of shell. There were other dishes of course, and they were all perfect.
It’s expensive, but worth every penny! It was exactly what we expected from a restaurant in NYC with 3 Michelin stars!

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Thank sssteveg
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We embarked on the trip to Le Bernardin as part of our extraordinary dining weekend. Having had lunch at La Grenouille we were worried about two such amazing restaurants in one day being over saturation but felt up to the task as we'd given some time between.
Walking in off 51st left the clamor and clutter of near Times Square behind us. It's a lovely room and the host stand tended to by friendly staff who pointed us to the bar to wait for our table. The bartender was knowledgeable and made a great gin martini. The bar snacks consist of candied walnuts, nori wrapped rice crackers and spicy popcorn.
Once escorted to the table we decided to order individually and share rather than have a tasting menu. Standouts included caviar, scallops, langoustines and monkfish. Sommeliers are friendly and actually she was the one consistent presence throughout. The one negative comment is that there are so many servers it is hard to tell who is coming or going.
Le Bernardin is a landmark institution and foodies should put it on their list of destination spots.

Thank Kenneth P
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