Le Bernardin

restaurants / Seafood

Le Bernardin information

New York City , USA
155 W 51st St
btwn Sixth & Seventh Aves, Midtown West
+1 212 554 1515
Getting there
Subway: 1 to 50th St; B/D, E to 7th Ave
More information
prix fixe lunch/dinner $80/140, tasting menus $170-205
Opening hours
noon-2:30pm & 5:15-10:30pm Mon-Thu, to 11pm Fri, 5:15-11pm Sat
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The interiors may have been subtly sexed-up for a 'younger clientele' (the stunning storm-themed triptych is by Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner), but triple Michelin-starred Le Bernardin remains a luxe, fine-dining holy grail. At the helm is French-born celebrity chef Éric Ripert, whose deceptively simple-looking seafood often borders on the transcendental.

The menu works simply: three lunch courses for $80 or four dinner courses for $140, with ample choices per course, and two tastings menus for those with more time and money. The dishes themselves are divided into three categories (Almost Raw, Barely Touched, Lightly Cooked), and while most shine with delicious complexity, Ripert's signature tuna and foie gras creation is especially outstanding. Book at least three weeks ahead for dinner and two weeks ahead for lunch.