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“Fish Heaven”
Review of Le Bernardin

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Ranked #16 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $90
Cuisines: French, American
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Toledo, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fish Heaven”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

As good as fish gets! Period. A little bit pricey, but the lunch special is a good value for the quality.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank ProfJohnB
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Disappointing”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

I agree with other comments that Le Bernardin disappoints for a 3-star restaurant. 1 or 2 stars maybe, but the level of service, lack of innovation in the food, and the nondescript feel of the dining room left our party feeling disappointed. Service felt rushed and perfunctory. Having dined at many top restaurants in the city (Jean Georges, Daniel, 11 Madison Park, the Modern, etc.) I don't recall feeling quite so underwhelmed by a restaurant of this caliber. The food never rose above just good. The worst offense -- after our party of 4 had each enjoyed a round of cocktails, an expensive bottle of wine and our meals, virtually as soon as we put our dessert forks down, the check arrived, unrequested. We had been seated for less than 2 hours. We felt it was quite an inhospitable way to end an $850 meal. Good for the expense account crowd but there are many better choices for a special night out.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Justifies its top ranking in Zagat!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We used our recent visit to NY to come again to this outstanding eating establishemt. As always, we were not disappointed. The variety and quality of the fish dishes are excepional. Service is at the highest level. While not cheap, one gets excellent value for money. A must visit for gourmet food lovers!

  • Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing Seafood”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

If you love seafood you will love Le Bernadin. I would eat here if you gave me a loaf of bread and just the sauces they serve with their fish dishes. That does not mean that the fish prep is not exquisite but he sauces are amazing. Not overdone yet bursting with flavor. Of course we appreciate the excellent European service.

  • Visited October 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Incredible experience”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Mrs O is always a little nervous when I choose the restaurant when we're on tour but I had heard good things about this place so fingers were crossed it lived up to expectation. I hadn't awarded a US fine dining restaurant full marks until now, as although the standard of cooking is up there with the best in Europe there always seems to be a finesse and sophistication missing. Until now. The four course menu is culinary finesse in all of its senses. The description of the second course as 'barely touched' perfectly describes the light, delicate presentation of the seafood with artistic presentation from the front of house team that seemed to have been choreographed on nearby broadway. We ate in the lounge which serves the main dining room menu but perhaps allows for more informal though no less impressive service. At $400 dollars for two it isn't for every weekend but represents good value for an overall experience I cannot recall being bettered in Paris, London or Tenerife. Mrs O says it was the best dessert she had ever eaten, high praise indeed considering it was my choice of restaurant.

Visited December 2013
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