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Le Bernardin

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Le Bernardin Review

Owner Maguy LeCoze presides over the teak-panel dining room at this trendsetting French seafood restaurant, and chef-partner Eric Ripert works magic with anything that swims—preferring at times not to cook it at all. Deceptively simple dishes such as poached lobster in rich coconut-ginger soup or crispy spiced black bass in a Peking duck bouillon are typical of his style. It's widely agreed that there's no beating Le Bernardin for thrilling cuisine, seafood or otherwise, coupled with some of the finest desserts in town and a wine list as deep as the Atlantic. It's prix fixe only, and there are nonfish options (pasta and meat) by request.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 155 W. 51st St., between 6th and 7th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY 10019-6019 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/554–1515
  • Website:
  • Subway: 1 to 50th St.; R to 49th St.; B, D, F, M to 47th–50th Sts./Rockefeller Center.
  • Location: Midtown West

    Restaurant Details

  • Jacket required.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. No lunch Sat.
Updated: 02-25-2014

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    Le Bernardin Review

    Le Bernardin is less stuffy than the reverent praise from the media or the dining public had me believe. For the prices, the food is rather good actually - the salmon sticks out, and I almost never order salmon. "Almost raw", "barely touched", "lightly cooked" - the precision at which they are able to execute these menu headings says it all. You can easily spend way more elsewhere in the city and be far less impressed.

    by downer, 7/4/12

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