Le Bernardin – A Culinary Icon in Midtown Manhattan.
New York’s Le Bernardin has, since its inception, been an emblem of sophistication and gastronomic delight. The brainchild of co-owner and Executive Chef Eric Ripert, this seafood haven reflects both Ripert’s Antibes roots and his illustrious culinary journey.
We are — first of all — a seafood restaurant,” – Ripert
The Menu and Culinary Artistry
The artistry at Le Bernardin manifests itself in an array of savory delights. Ripert’s menu, a meandering journey through exotic flavors and classic culinary techniques, offers an impressive range from the warm lobster carpaccio to the crispy black bass, from the smoked yellowfin tuna “prosciutto” to the whole red snapper baked in a rosemary and thyme salt crust. The dining experience can vary between $120 for a three-course lunch and $298 for an eight-course tasting extravaganza, each dish a testament to Ripert’s enduring fascination with Asia and his commitment to a nautical globalism in his cuisine.
The Dining Experience
As you step into Le Bernardin, you’re not merely walking into a restaurant. You’re entering an experience. The tastefully decorated dining room, adorned with an abundance of fresh flowers and warm wood accents, creates an atmosphere of understated elegance. Here, the service mirrors the refinement of the surroundings, formal yet welcoming. The Wine Director, Aldo Sohm, a winner of the “Best Sommelier in the World” award, curates an extensive list of wines that beautifully complement the culinary offerings.
To truly enjoy the Le Bernardin experience, remember that while reservations may be snapped up a month ahead, the bar and lounge offer a saving grace. No reservation? No problem. These areas serve the entire dining room menu, including tastings, ensuring that no spontaneous visit is less than exceptional.
Sealing the Experience
And what rounds off a memorable dining experience? An extraordinary dessert. Prepared by Michael Laiskonis, the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef, the dessert menu is a sweet ending to a delightful gastronomic journey.
Contact and Hours
Le Bernardin is nestled at 155 West 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Open for lunch from Monday to Friday (12:00 pm to 2:30 pm) and for dinner from Monday to Thursday (5:30 pm to 10:30 pm), extending to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, please call (212) 554-1515.
A visit to New York City‘s Le Bernardin isn’t just a meal; it’s a sublime journey, an exploration of flavors that delights and surprises at every turn. This three-star gem is a testament to French culinary traditions, exquisite seafood, and unadulterated pleasure. It’s a destination that captures the imagination and palate of every discerning gourmet.
For me, food is about memories, feelings, emotions, and so is Le Bernardin, and that’s why it’s not just a restaurant,” – Ripert
155 W. 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.