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My fiance and I originally made reservations to celebrate his birthday at our (now former) go-to special occasions restaurant, which is around the corner from Le Bernardin.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!