Three Stars • Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Top class comfortable. Our most delightful places
Over 75 USD
When the definitive history of New York City’s dining scene is written, Le Bernardin will have a chapter all to itself. Maguy Le Coze and Eric Ripert’s midtown icon has been entertaining the city’s movers and shakers for over 20 years now and its popularity remains undimmed. In less experienced hands, the sheer size and scale of this handsome restaurant could make it unwieldy, but the service team is well-drilled and clued-up and as soon as you walk in you are enveloped in its warm embrace. Lunch is busy with those who know what they want and trust this well-oiled machine to deliver it in the time they have available. Come at dinner for a more languid affair. The menu is divided into headings of "Almost raw," "Barely touched," and "Lightly cooked," but don't be fooled, these dishes have considerable depth. Seafood restaurants have no hiding place when it comes to cooking fish and crustaceans and this kitchen always hits its marks-whether that's poaching halibut, pan-roasting monkfish, baking striped bass, searing tuna or charring octopus. And the fish is always the star on the plate, while the accompanying ingredients, like great backing singers, are there to help it shine.
- Notable wine list
- Wheelchair accessible
- Private dining rooms