155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
Why did we dine here? – Eating Cheaply at NYC’s #1 Restaurant. We did the same at Eleven Madison Park. Le Bernardin is a famous 3 Michelin star restaurant in New York City. Ranked #17 in 2017 on the Top 50 in the world list. It has been on the top of our must visit list for a while. Star chef Eric Ripert has been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show several times. He seems to really know how to cook.
Want to save money and not make reservations? With no reservations, we dined in the lounge as did many other people. You can order from the short lounge menu or order one of the tasting menus. Make sure you peruse the lounge menu before you go. The tasting menus start at $150, which is a pretty low price for a 3* restaurant. You do not get the full experience but it comes close. Also you do not have to weard a jacket and tie. Service lags a bit in the lounge area.
Insider Tip – Lounge requires no reservations.
Cuisine – French
Location – New York City Midtown West
Opened – 2005
Service – Le Bernardin had very good service in the lounge. Clearly it was not as good as the main dining room. The waiters know their stuff but they do not patrol this area as much.
Verdict – Le Bernardin serves up top notch food. A must visit for foodies in New York City. Eat at the lounge to save money.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Le Bernardin Signature Dishes – Tuna and Foie, Salmon Rillette
Le Bernardin’s Menu has a short menu along with full dessert menu in the Lounge. You can also order the tasting menu in the Lounge
Le Bernardin Food Picks:
Mojito ($19) was full of chopped ice and came very strong. Expensive but you get a potent cocktail. I’m sure they take other drinks as seriously.
Awesome bread selection, although they buy it from a bakery and don’t bake..!
Oysters East Coast and West Coast Varieties ($5.00/ea) were very fresh. Came with mignonette, cocktail sauce, and lemon.
“Le Bernardin” Salmon Rillette with Toast ($24) is a signature dish and must get. Fish is definitely the thing to order here. Actually this comes with a big portion of the creamy but like salmon mix, we had to ask for more toast.
Asian Tuna Tartare; Belgian Endive ($24) had high quality tuna all diced up. High quality, more complex than just a mound of ahi tuna, and lots of fun.
Sea Food Causa ($26) Lobster, Crab, Shrimp; Ajiamarillo Pepper, Avocado, Lime ($26) is a Peruvian dish. Very strong broth with a kick and big chunks of lobster.
Lobster Cappuccino; Celeriac Soup, Lobster Foam, Perigord Truffle ($17) was a small delicate soup. Robust lobster flavor with a truffle slice floating on stop.
Apricot Dessert ($22) Apricot Confit, Macerated Raspberries, Almond Cake was recommended by the waiter. It came to us looking like a real apricot. Nice salty almonds! Rich, creamy, and fruity, this dessert was great.
Sorbet ($22) Selection of Four: Blackberry-Lime, White Peach-Verbena, Citrus-Coconut, Clementine are all home made and tasted great. Really liked the coconut and BlackBerry-Lime
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?