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    LE BERNARDIN

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    Le Bernardin
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    Le Bernardin

    155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave. (Midtown West)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-554-1515 | www.le-bernardin.com

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    • CUISINE

      French Seafood
    • HOURS

      Mon.-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 FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Required
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1986
    • PRICE (PRIX FIXE LUNCH; PRIX FIXE DINNER)

      USD 70; USD 120
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Butter-poached lobster tail; Dover sole; red snapper
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      An extensive wine list; beer; cocktails; full bar
    • # OF SEATS

      Around 100
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • METRO

      47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Ctr. (B, D, F, M); 49th St. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 50th St. (1)
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    VIBE

    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.

    CROWD

    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

    Nothing.

    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.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Per Se (New York); Jean Georges (New York); Gaya Rive Gauche (Paris); Providence (Los Angeles)


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