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155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-554-1515 | www.le-bernardin.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:15pm-10:30pm; Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:15pm-11:00pm; Sat.: 5:15pm-11:00pm; Sun.: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (PRIX FIXE LUNCH; PRIX FIXE DINNER)USD 70; USD 120
FAMOUS PLATESButter-poached lobster tail; Dover sole; red snapper
DRINKS AND WINEAn extensive wine list; beer; cocktails; full bar
# OF SEATSAround 100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Ctr. (B, D, F, M); 49th St. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 50th St. (1)
When your triple Michelin-starred restaurant has been widely acclaimed as one of the best seafood places in Manhattan, that is saying a lot in itself. While the food is excellent, it is the full package that wins us over: the wait staff parade in and out with course after course of the lavish tasting menus (usually taken with wine pairings, bien sur). It’s located on the ground floor of a Midtown office building, so the corporate crowd packs in at lunch; at night, the scene changes to refined diners and special occasioners. Note that the restaurant was recently redesigned with a sexy new look: out with the classic French old-school feel, in with the contemporary shimmering metallic accents and large front of house lounge.
The Midtown business lunch crowd mixed with couples and splurging locals.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Formal; jackets required for men. Girls, go for a sleek dress, pumps, and your latest handbag from Fifth Avenue.
GO HERE WITH
Coworkers; groups; significant other; parents
WHY WE LIKE IT
The food and the service are brilliantly executed (and while we visited pre-makeover, we like what we hear on the décor, too). Also, we love details like how the sauces arrive separately from the main courses, so we can decide how much to add.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
The restaurant originally operated in Paris for 14 years before moving to Manhattan in 1986. The overseeing chef, Eric Ripert, just happens to be one of the greatest seafood chefs in the world and appears on several television shows, including Treme and Top Chef. The lounge is more casual and offers a separate menu of cocktails and light bites (think tuna tartare, oysters, and pata negra). In the main dining room, a dinner tasting menu is offered in addition to the prix fixe for USD 190.
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