There are many wonderful restaurants in New York but only one stands out as a truly world class restaurant, and that is Le Bernardin. Eric le Coze and his sister Maguy started the restaurant back in Paris in 1972, really as a pair of kids with the benefit of no formal cooking training, which enabled them to create an innovative lighter version of French cooking.
In 1986 they closed the Paris restaurant and moved to its present location on 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh. Gilbert died of a heart attack in 1994, and Eric Ripert took over as head chef.
Eric Ripert, all of his hair grey now, continued the innovative process at Le Bernardin, and today there is not one dish on the menu that was on the menu back in the le Coze days.
The style is light yet rich in complex flavors.
The luncheon menu at $140 is one of the greatest gourmet opportunities in the world today.
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