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“Not three stars” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin
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Ranked #22 of 13,479 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$90
Cuisines: French, American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 6th and 7th Avenue
Transit: B, D, E, F, N, Q, R & V, W, 1, 2, 3, subway trains
Description: Le Bernardin, Zagat's top pick for 2013, and awarded the Michelin Guide's coveted 3-stars as well as The New York Times' highest rating of 4-stars, has maintained its status of excellence for over 20 years and its international acclaim as one of the world's top seafood restaurants. Owner/Chef Eric Ripert continues to set unsurpassed standards with his piscatorial paradise and partner Maguy Le Coze's seamless and unparalleled service. *When making your reservation, please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending THEATER so that we may accommodate you appropriately.
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“Not three stars”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Having been to several three star restaurants, we were looking forward to dinner at Le Bernardin, however, what we experienced was far below the standard set by Michelin.

First, the room is chaotic. Lots of servers, but they do not seem coordinated with each other, and instead of fluid movement that you don't notice, you could see them scurrying everywhere. There were also several wine stewards, but many just did not have enough knowledge to be working at this level.

The odd service could have forgiven if the food had been memorable. It generally was not memorable and in fact we had to send back one dish as it tasted like a salt lick. The signature stripped bass was burned instead of crispy and most of the sauces overpowered the fish in the paired dish. I understand that chef was not in the kitchen the night we were there, so I guess the staff got lazy.

In all we were charged a fortune for a mediocre meal. The only two components worthy of the stars were the bourbon and desserts.

  • Visited May 2013
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“Best of the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Simply the best!!!

I cant waith to return, thank you all, we spend a wonderful night. one of the place in NY you need to visit!

  • Visited April 2013
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“Great quality but not worth the rave reviews if you're a foodie”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

I had lunch today at Le Bernardin with my partner. We had the 3-course tasting lunch menu. Execution and service are excellent, as you should expect. But this is not fine dining to a level that justifies the rave reviews one finds on the Net, especially if you are a foodie and have had experience of Michelin-star restaurants in Europe.

This is a fish restaurant that takes the finest ingredients and prepares them in a French style rich with sauces. There's no creative aspect here, no "wow" factor. Even a single Michelin star could be borderline in my opinion (since in my opinion they should go towards creativity). Don't get me wrong, fish is excellent and desserts are delicious. But this is not the star restaurant we were expecting.

I recommend trying the lunch menu, more moderately priced, so to say. I would consider the dinner menu overpriced.

Visited April 2013
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“What is there to say?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

Amazing service-friendly, helpful, knowledgable. There but not there.

Amuse bouche-asparagus soup w foam. I'm not a foam fan but it worked here. Fresh.
Raw tuna w Dijon sauce just lovely.

Tuna tartare w fois gras: delicate but still flavorful

Langoustine perfectly cooked. More foam still good. Hint of truffle nice.

Monkfish ok but not amazing.

Dessert chose coffee. Don't know who the pastry chef is but they're marvelous. They played with tastes and textures. Loved it.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Absolutely Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

The best restaurant I have ever been to!! We had the chefs tasting with the wine pairing and it was incredible. The presentation of the plates are excellent and they taste even better than they look. Exceptional service! Definitely want to come back in the future. Best dinner I've had in my life.

  • Visited December 2012
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