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Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2007
We are from the San Francisco Bay Area (former New Yorkers) and dined at Le Bernardin during a visit to New York. The service and atmosphere were subperb. The food portions were small and the quality good but not great. However, the visit was quite worthwhile since it gave us a great story to tell our friends about how gullible New Yorkers blindly swallow the hype about this sadly overrated restaurant.
Posted by AP on 09/09/2007
...Without question, the most disappointing and overly-hyped of Manhattan's premier dining destinations; Considering that Le Bernardin is the most highly praised restaurant in NYC (Only restaurants with NYT's 4 star rating, one of only three, 3-star Michelin rated places, NYMAG's "Last Dream Meal Before You Die, etc....the list goes on), one would expect utter bliss in the food. It is not the case. For a price tag of over $110+ per PERSON, utter perfection is to be expected. The food at Le Bernardin is, overall, "kinda good." The only dishes which were wonderfully delicious were the crab and shaved cauliflower second course item and perhaps the monkfish entree. The calamari appetizer item, despite a wonderful description, was so unbelievably ordinary that it was type of dish which made you balk at the price which you were paying for the meal. I like many had to see what all the fuss was about since I had never dined here and it was my birthday; it is worth going once, and that's about it. Again, the food is kinda-fairly good, but at this price point, that is abysmal. In regards to finding the best, make-you-cry-good food in Manhattan, Le Bernardin doesn't come close (for that, see ANYTHING at Il Mulino, any fish entree at Aquavit, Dawat, Esca, Brassier 8 1/2, Daniel, and John's pie with sausage, mushroom, garlic, and peppers). Once and done.
Posted by Jonathan on 05/13/2007
I have just returned home from Le Bernardin, having experienced the Chef's Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings. And in regard to the title of my review, I openly share that this was an experience of total and complete perfection, a paragon of culinary expertise presented in the warmth and love of professional dedication. Each dish seemed to exist within its paired wine and, conversely, each wine seemed destined to match its assigned counterpart. The dishes were prepared astonishingly well, to standards I have yet to be introduced, and provided textures and tastes which have my senses entirely satisfied. The waitstaff was attentive to the finest detail, ensuring a comfortable dining experience, explaining each dish with precision and clarity, and guaranteeing satisfaction with each passing moment at Le Bernardin. Thank you, Chef Eric Ripert and Le Bernardin, for an unforgettable culinary experience, a meal to last a lifetime, for which a repeat performance is certainly planned for the near future!
Posted by Doctorted on 01/11/2007
Usually when I write a review of a restaurant I try to do it within 24 hours of dining while things are still fresh in my mind. However with Le Bernadin I really had to think this over. Giving an even a slightly negative review of Le Bernardin can result in you getting accussed of heresy in the gourmet world. But, I am not a food critic; however I do know the difference between good and great. There is no doubt Le Bernadin is one of the most beautiful restaurants in NYC. The service is flawless. But, we are in it for the food and here's where things get bumpy. Lunch started out with a plate of salmon salad from the chef...Sort of a scoop you would get at Russ and Daughters or Barney Greengrass. It was delicious on the melba toast points but i thought it odd such an upscale place couldnt make it a bit more presentable. I only wished i brought a bagel or bialy with me. But OK. My fiance[a salad eater], had the Mesclun Salad...small portion,but dressing was good. I had the TUNA Appetizer which is described as "Layers of Thinly Pounded Yellowfin Tuna, Foie Gras and Toasted Baguette, Shaved Chives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Nothing special; the foie gras was either MIA or too miniscule for me to detect it. For mains my fiancee had the SALMON described as "Organic Scottish Salmon; Chanterelle and Black Trumpet in a Wild Mushroom Pot au Feu" This was fabulous. Perfectly cooked it melted in yor mouth. Definitely the high point. I had the BLACK BASS "Masala Spiced Crispy Black Bass; Peking Duck-Green Papaya Salad in a Rich Ginger-Cardamom Broth" This was a disappointment. Fish was good but the accompanmients didnt work. Broth was bland. Bread great but eat alot of it. No sides are offered which puzzles me. The PEAR desert tasted almost like pear baby food: was ok. My CHOCOLATE PEANUT desert also was good not great. Conclusions: Le Bernadin is a solid 3 star restaurant though not 4. Its a great place for well prepared though not very inventive or creative fish
Posted by RushedBum on 12/11/2006
Used to be our favorite seafood restaurant in NY until our LAST experience. We were hastily seated, and immediately asked if we were going to the theater. After saying, "No", we were still rushed in and out. Clearly the staff wanted us out. I was even given the wrong meal and it was abruptly taken away after I had looked at it, nearly poked it and given to its rightful owner. I've always had fabulous food with flawless service in the past five or six times, but will not go back. Although it was a Saturday night and much of their clientele was going to a show, we were not, wanted a slow, romantic, unrushed dinner but received anything but. The food was also not as special as has been in the past which leads me to believe we got the chef in training. For that amount of money there are plenty of other fine restaurants in New York. Regretfully, it is off the list.
Posted by foodie on 11/25/2006
Wonderful . . especially if you like fish, if you don't it's still pretty damn good. Great service and bread basket (theres no carbs really served with the dishes themselves, so fill up here) and petit fours are a lovely touch. Expensive, but the quality of ingredients and skill in preparation is certainly hard to find.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2006
Wow....I am blown away. Wow! My family and I got the surf and turf pre-fix and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (however price was a major yikes). We started off with a cold foie gras which was the BEST cold foie gras I have ever had! It had this tobiko-jelly smoked top which was amazing. The other dishes that stood out to me were their caviar carbonara which was...perfect! The meat for the pork belly and baby callamari w/ ink was DE LISH! I have never had such tender pork meat that just literally fell apart with the touch of a fork. The two fish dishes were divine. However, one of the BEST parts of the pre fixed menu was "the egg". All the mousses (chocolate, caramelish, etc.) they used for this dessert blended perfectly together and I could eat A LOT more of this egg. The other dessert (with a corn theme) was great...I have never had corn in dessert and this restaurant did it in a fantastic way. Overall, if you have $ to spend, I would DEF recommend this place b/c the food IS great but very pricey.