Le Bernardin

For my birthday, I had the pleasure of dining at one of my very favorite restaurants, Le Bernardin. It has been known as one of the best restaurants in the United States (and the world) for the last 20 years. I am completely enamored with the extraordinarily talented chef, Eric Ripert. Every dish that he creates is imaginative, beautiful, and composed of only the freshest ingredients. This was my first time going there since the renovation — the dining room is now a bit more sophisticated and modern, and the service is just as friendly as ever. Dishes often come and go, so I was thrilled that one of my favorites (thinly pounded yellowfin tuna with foie gras on a toasted baguette) was still on the menu! Following it were three more outstanding seafood courses (butter poached lobster, crispy black bass, and barely cooked wild salmon) and a rich pasta dish (tagliatelle with black truffle carbonara). At the end of the meal, I enjoyed a tasty assortment of sorbets and little surprise birthday dessert. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal on my birthday!

Le Bernardin: 155 West 51st Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)

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AMUSE BOUCHE: sea urchin, crab salad, celery root soup

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Course 1 – Almost Raw
TUNA: Layers of Thinly Pounded Yellowfin Tuna, Foie Gras on a Toasted Baguette, Shaved Chives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Course 2 – Barely Touched
LOBSTER: Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Spiced Celeriac, Earl Grey-Citrus Sauce

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Course 3 – Lightly Cooked
BLACK BASS: Crispy Black Bass, Pickled Cucumbers, Black Garlic-Persian Lime Sauce

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Course 4 – Lightly Cooked
SALMON: Barely Cooked Wild Salmon, Wasabi-Bean Purée, Yuzu Emulsion

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Course 5 – Upon Request
PASTA: Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Carbonara Sauce

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My birthday dessert :)

 

Le Bernardin