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155 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
Eric Ripert is a genius
By Kateyblack on 12/13/2014
ok, this is probably the chicest, most fabulous restaurant in New York. Not easy to get into. That being said, Eric Ripert is kind, generous to charities, and above all provides a top notch meal with the most highly trained wait staff in New York. Service is impeccable. I always take clients here. Each dish of the chef's tasting menu was a brilliantly prepared. Great for entertaining and for impressing the out of towners. And the French who are very hard to please, love this place. Fantastic. Bravo Eric!!!
It is not the same as used to be!
By adrianelingsper on 12/22/2012
No good, no good the food, salty, cold, no good at all. I will eat better anywhere else than here. The decor is not updated still the old fashion the only thing is the service. never would go back again.
Food, Service and Room are outstanding
By tony.filson on 11/19/2011
I love to lunch here and bring good friends for a relaxing evening of great food and wine. I've been eating here longer than I care to say and over the years I've had some of the best meals I can remember. I know what to order and for me there have been times when the chef went out of his way to make me something special based on my tastes. Their wine list is exceptional. The service is always top notch. A BIG smile and a warm hello always greet you at the door. The room is open and the art work is always a treat. I like space between tables. For me this is my best place to eat lunch on a regular basis and fell like I'm at home.
By Foodie272 on 10/31/2010
FISH,FISH,FISH!!! & more FISH! I selected the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. When wine pairings are done well, after tasting the food and sipping the wine there should be an indescribable burst of flavor in your mouth. Each bite and sip should bring out different notes and scents in the wine causing you to YURN for more. Shockingly La Bernardin failed to leave me wanting anything,except to leave. Each dish was boring with no flair or unique flavor. The paired wine was just as unimpressive. La Bernardin's dining room is a vast open space with banquet style seating similar to a wedding hall. Lacking an intimate romantic feel. The walls,bar and ceiling are all covered in wood giving off an unflattering orange glow to all the clientele (not a good look ladies). I realize La Bernardin is known for its seafood and If you enjoy safe fish dishes in a stuffy conservative setting then La Bernadin is for you. However his carnivorous foodie needs her meat!
By Jscopus on 8/20/2010
Perhaps the finest meal my wife and I have ever had. Each dish of the chef's tasting menu was a brilliant combination of texture and taste. The paired wines were exceptional and well thought out to enhance and showcase the incredible flavor of each dish. Portions were adequate and proportionate to the remarkably rich dishes. Service was excellent and would highly recommend this for a special occasion as the prices are as expected not for everyday dining.
By dingdingding on 7/9/2010
This restaurant is very good
Radness on a plate
By keenanreilly on 5/14/2010
Eric, Eric, Eric...You throw down so hard it makes eating anything else taste like animal feed. Every plate is magic. The service makes you feel like batman. The Wine is an opulently debauch dream. For all of you who don't like wearing blazers or think the plates are too small I'm sure there is room at red lobster. If your reading this don't think, just go right now. Ever second you have not tasted the food is a moment wasted.
By texasmountaineer on 8/22/2009
My mistake I guess but I was wearing Polo Black cardigan and had to cover it up with Cheap JCP 99.99 sport coat which did not help to enjoy the dining experience. We did a tasting menu paired with wines. The food was very good but plates were very small. The service was very attentive. Decor was old and sort of glam 80's. My only question is why did I leave hungry after spending well over $600 for two?
Not worth the money
By CaymanBusinessWoman on 7/6/2009
I sent three partners and a client to this restaurant and was embarrassed to even admit that I would recommend it to anyone. They are completely anal about a stupid reservation confirmation form that they are not competent enough to download from an attachment on an e-mail nor are they able to check to see if they received a fax. They also cancelled my reservation after being contacted 5 times to make sure the reservation was arranged. Very poor customer service, go to a deli instead. The service is bad from the general manager down to the reservations department. Awful experience I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. You would think they would bend over backwards considering the economy but I guess they canÂ’t help themselves.
By eteresa on 3/9/2009
The potions are small, but top-tier. They're meticulously blended with just the right sauce, seasoning, and accents. Beginning and advance foodies alike will appreciate the dishes Le Bernardin has to offer. This is most certainly a great place for you to try something new and "exotic," because the chefs there prepare every dish with such precision, that even the most conservative diner might open up to the prospect of perhaps, (gasp) octopus! Re: Value? Small portions, but phenomenal across the board. The decor could use some work, as it's nothing to marvel at and is frankly, somewhat dated. I do agree that the service borders on hovering, but patrons should take into account that that is part of what you're paying for. Overall, once of my most enjoyable fine dining experiences in the city.
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