Le Bernardin

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New York dining mores have experienced a seismic paradigm shift in the past decade, toppling Old World restaurant titans and making conquering heroes of chefs that champion accessible food served in casual environments. But Le Bernardin—the city’s original temple of haute French seafood—survived the shake-up unscathed. Siblings Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze brought their Parisian eatery to Gotham in 1986, and the restaurant has maintained its reputation in the decades since. Le Bernardin is still a formal place, with white tablecloths, decorous service and a jackets-required policy in the main dining room. But a recent overhaul (executed by design firm Bentel & Bentel) modernized the room with leather banquettes and a 24-foot mural of a tempestuous sea by Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner. Guests who find the $190 tasting menu or $120 four-course prix fixe out of reach can still experience the kitchen’s finesse in the lounge area, via stunning bar snacks: raw kanpachi topped with beads of wasabi tobiko ($18), for example, or gorgeous scallop ceviche ($18) resting in a pool of grassy olive oil. Beverage consultant Greg Seider’s cocktails, meanwhile, are alone worthy of a special trip: The baroque creations include a Pisco Gaudi ($16)—a lush drink made with the Peruvian brandy, a smoked paprika and saffron tincture, and egg whites.
Venue name: Le Bernardin
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Address: 155 W 51st St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–2:30pm, 5:15–10:30pm; Fri noon–2:30pm, 5:15–11pm; Sat 5:15–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, V to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; N, R, W to 49th St
Price: Four-course prix-fixe dinner: $112. Six-course tasting menu: $138. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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