Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – Seafood Truffle Pasta - Crab, Scallop, Lobster; Tagliatelle, Black Truffle Emulsion

Le Bernardin – Midtown, NYC

I have the sweetest boyfriend.  Luis offered earlier in December to take his grandmother and me to go see Wicked on Broadway, and decided he would surprise her by taking her to a really nice dinner.  We had been to Le Bernardin for our 10 year anniversary back in 2013, and I knew it was right by the theater, so I made the reservation 1 month out for last night.

 

Le Bernardin is French fare and is the number 1 restaurant in NYC, at least according to Zagat. It is upscale, really classic and beautiful.  Every single detail is paid attention to and everyone is extremely attentive and accommodating. Pretty shi shi. I had my butter knife out of place for a moment and one of our servers made sure to place it on my bread plate perfectly, more than once lol. I learned. I loved that they have a little bench just for my purse next to my chair 🙂

 

Le Bernardin – the décor
Le Bernardin – the décor

 

There are 2 tasting menus available, or a pre-fix. Pretty much everything is seafood. I believe you can have things such as lamb and steak added upon request.  We had done the Chefs tasting ($215 pp) for our  10 year anniversary, which was 8 dishes.  We decided that we would do the Le Bernardin tasting ($180 pp) this time which is 7 dishes.  These 7 were totally new dishes for us, and his grandmother was not able to eat too, too much.  We were pleasantly surprised that she ate pretty much everything though!

 

There is a wine pairing you can do with everything of course, but I am not much of a drinker. I did order the Pear and Riesling Spritz and it was delicious. Luis had a Hitachino Nest White Ale and he said it was excellent.

 

Le Bernardin – cocktail – Pear Riesling Spritz -Champagne, Riesling & Pear Reduction, Angostura Bitters, Star Anise
Le Bernardin – cocktail – Pear Riesling Spritz -Champagne, Riesling & Pear Reduction, Angostura Bitters, Star Anise

 

Le Bernardin - Hitachino Nest White Ale – Luis’s Beer
Le Bernardin – Hitachino Nest White Ale – Luis’s Beer

 

For each plate your silver-ware is switched out based on what the dish you are going to eat consists of. Obviously if you have a broth they give you a spoon, etc. Each dish has its own sauce that the waiter pours over it after they place the main component down in front of you.

 

Even the bread is delicious. They have a basket with a lovely selection that they bring around to each table, and you choose whichever ones you want. I of course got a few haha – pretzel bun, pumpernickel, mini French baguette and rosemary focaccia.  Pretzel was my least favorite, the focaccia was seriously delicious, topped with some sea salt I am pretty sure. The baguette was the best for scooping up the sauces from the plates though, in my opinion. The butter dish with its little metal dome was so cute.  If we messed up how the butter looked or it got down to low in the dish they would bring out a whole new one.

 

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Le Bernardin – the bread basket selection

 

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Le Bernardin – My bread selections – Pretzel bun, rosemary focaccia, pumpernickel and a mini French baguette

 

Le Bernardin – totes adorbz butter dish and dome cover
Le Bernardin – totes adorbz butter dish and dome cover

 

We had such a great time.  It was also really nice that the table next to us was so fun and friendly.  The man actually offered Ita a taste of his dish because I said we had had it last time and it was one of my favorite things.  This is an old pic, but just so you can see what it was!

 

Le Bernardin – the décor
Le Bernardin from the Chefs Tasting Menu – Thinly pounded yellow fin tuna which tops fois gras on a toasted baguette with chives and extra virgin olive oil. Otherwise know as Erics Lips (Eric Ripert is the executive chef of Le Bernardin)

 

Here are a few of the dishes, not all of them, but the ones we enjoyed the most.  Please see the captions for descriptions and anything I may have to say about them 🙂

 

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Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – Left to right – a trio of: Hamachi sashimi in yuzu and ponzu, bay scallop ceviche and a bouillabaisse sphere (not an egg yolk!) We were told to eat the orb in one shot. It explodes in your mouth into splash of soup, it’s so interesting.

 

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Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – Barely Cooked Scallop with Brown Butter Dashi. Mouthwatering.

 

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Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – Seafood Truffle Pasta – Crab, Scallop, Lobster; Tagliatelle, Black Truffle Emulsion.  The fresh pasta was cooked so perfectly with a nice bite.

 

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Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – Barely Cooked Wild Salmon; Snow Peas, Shitake-Matsutake Broth. This was my favorite dish, the salmon was so delicate and the snow peas were such a great contrast. With broth in each bite it was perfect.

 

This last pic is of the dessert our friendly table neighbor shared with us as well.  I was so envious after seeing pictures of it online that when they were served it and we weren’t I was thrilled that he offered me his.  The staff was so great, too, that they not only replaced his but also gave one to Luis for him to try and thoroughly enjoy as well.

 

Le Bernardin Tasting Menu –  chocolate custard, caramel cream, caramel drizzle, a drop of maple syrup and sea salt. We were told to scoop from the bottom up to get a bit of each layer in each bite. It was amazinggggg.
Le Bernardin Tasting Menu – chocolate custard, caramel cream, caramel drizzle, a drop of maple syrup and sea salt. We were told to scoop from the bottom up to get a bit of each layer in each bite. It was amazinggggg.

 

This dining experience isn’t for everyone, but I do highly recommend you have it. They only take reservations by phone, opentable doesn’t seem to work, 30 days to the day out. You can reach them for reservations at 212-554-1515. Visit their website for more information –  https://www.le-bernardin.com/. Even their coat check ticket is pretty amazing.

 

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Le Bernardin – Coat check ticket

 

By the way, Wicked was amazing!  Luis and his grandmother loved it too. I was so happy they enjoyed it. Out of our 13 years together this is the first time I have seen a show with either of them… hoping to more soon!!

 

The set for Wicked, The Gershwin Theatre
The set for Wicked, The Gershwin Theatre

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