Le Bernardin, located at 51st Street in New York, was originally built in Paris in 1972 by Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze and moved to New York in the year 1986. The restaurant’s specialty is seafood and when Gilbert passed on in 1994, Eric Ripert took over as head chef.
Le Bernardin offers different menus for Lunch, Dinner, Tasting, Dessert and Lounge. Their Lunch menu features Hamachi, Cod, Milk Chocolate and these three are included in their City Harvest Menu. They are called such because $5 of the $45 per dish goes to City Harvest which is the world’s oldest food rescue organization. City Harvest collects excess food every day from all sections of the food industry and delivers it to community food programs all over New York City.
Other dishes for their Lunch menu are called the Prix Fixe which also has several categories. The almost raw dishes include Oysters, Caviar, Tuna, Striped Bass, Salmon, Fluke, Black Bass, Hamachi, Nantucket Bay Scallop, Caviar-Wagyu and Mesclun Salad. Dishes under the barely touched category are Peekytoe Crab, Bacalao, Albacore, Calamari, Tuna, Escolar, Octopus, Vegetables, Shrimp, Caviar-Urchin and Lobster. The Lunch main course dishes also offer a very wide variety of choices, as do their Dinner, Tasting, Dessert and Lounge Menus.
For seafood lovers and those who highly appreciate French cooking, this is the place to be. The dishes are impeccably and subtly prepared by Chef Eric Ripert. The menu is very imaginative and your entire dining experience will be at its highest degree. Fish dishes are always served fresh and everything is prepared with much inspiration which reflects in each and every bite. And although the dishes are quite expensive, it will surely be worth every penny spent. Should you find yourself having difficulty choosing one dish from among their many choices, their dependable staff will be more than glad and able to help you out.
It is highly recommended to make a reservation way in advance of the date that you wish to dine so you are sure to get a good seat. Le Bernardin is a great place to go to if you wish to experience fine dining, whether for a special occasion or if it’s just like any other ordinary night but you feel like giving yourself a treat. The restaurant is actually newly decorated; after it has been closed for several weeks, it reopened with flawless décor with the Ocean as its theme. Some of the most noticeable changes are the wooden panel walls and marble tops at the bar area and the wall decorations at the dining area which are accented with hanging silver spiral blinds which give an illusion of waves.
The staff is always anticipating guest requests but they are never too assuming. They are knowledgeable in the food and wine selection which is a very good thing because one can find it quite difficult to make a decision on what to order among such delectable choices so having an opinion from somebody else can be very helpful.
155 W 51st Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 554-1515