Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Le Bernardin

155 W. 51st St. (Sixth & Seventh Aves.) Send to Phone
212-554-1515 | Menu
Le Bernardin’s attention to detail, stability and quest for perfection still elicit a culinary crusade.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri. noon-2:30 p.m., Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:15 p.m.-11 p.m.
Features

* Click here for rating key

Le Bernardin, New York, NY

Le Bernardin Restaurant Review

:
About the restaurant and décor: Le Bernardin has been a highlight of the New York dining scene since the brother-and-sister team of the late Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze opened the restaurant in 1986. It enlightens diners with what was then, and still is, a revolutionary approach to seafood. A 24-foot triptych painting graces one wall of the brisk and bustling dining room. Meanwhile, Le Bernardin Privé provides additional private dining space.

About the food: The four-course prix-fixe menu rings in at $157, while tasting menus start at $185. Dinner might begin with "almost raw" fluke-enoki mushroom "spring roll" with junmai-shiso infused tomato water, followed by a "barely touched" lacquered lobster tail with tagliatelle and black truffle emulsion. Chef Eric Ripert works his Neptune-like charms with "lightly cooked" main courses such as poached halibut, matsutake mushroom-black sesame salad and sea urchin-dashi broth. For a quicker (and more affordable) experience, try the $88 three-course meal for lunch; some of the dishes also appear on the dinner menu. For dessert, consider the cheese course of four pieces from a number of selections. If you prefer chocolate, it might appear in a take on “black forest” with brandied cherries, whipped vanilla cream and chocolate sorbet.

About the wine: Le Bernardin maintains a 15,000-bottle, globally sourced wine cellar. Front of the house staff operate in a proper and reserved manner.
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in New York for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in New York to Eat at Right Now

GAYOT's picks for the 25 hottest NYC restaurants include Italian hotspots, craft cocktail bars and eateries inspired by destinations around the globe.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.