Le Bernardin Review: A Must Try Restaurant in New York
There are so many reasons to fall in love with New York. One of them is the endless list of great restaurants that you could try when you are in town. If you are wondering which one to start with, I’d highly recommend Le Bernardin!
Le Bernardin is one of the two restaurants that I really wanted to visit when I was in NYC. After a 3-hour dining experience at the luxurious restaurant filled with people in suits, I was convinced that indeed Le Bernardin is a must-try restaurant in New York, especially if you love seafood.
Le Bernardin’s Chef Tasting Menu
I decided to go ahead with the Chef’s tasting menu, an 8-course meal that costs USD 225 before tax and tips. Sure it was not cheap, but the meal really exceeded my expectations.
Amuse bouche, aka the “the mouth amuser”, for that night was Yellow Tail Tartare, Fluke sashimi with Ponzu sauce and Lobster Causa. They were so good that I wish they had been proper dishes rather than just bite-size teasers.
Looking at the photo, you might wonder what exactly this dish is.
Imagine fresh chopped beef placed on top of what appears to be a gelatine layer, topped with a generous amount of Osetra Caviar.
Dungeness Crab Cake
If you have followed my posts closely, you would know that I am a huge fan of seafood. So when the server said that the next dish was “Crab Cake”, my eyes immediately popped out as I had heard numerous reviews about how great the seafood was at Le Bernardin.
And yes, those people were so right about the seafood here.
Lobster Tail with Truffle Pasta
Out of all the dishes that were presented, I was probably most excited about the lobster tail with truffle pasta! Remember I said earlier that people raved about the seafood here a lot? Most of them specifically mentioned that the lobster tail with truffle pasta was uh-mazing. And it was indeed a fantastic-tasting dish!
Black Bass with Heirloom Tomatoes
White Tuna and Japanese Wagyu
If I could pick just one dish to eat again, I would probably pick this one. The wagyu beef was so amazing that I was so disappointed by the size of it. Like, come on – please give me a bigger piece so I can savor it a little bit more?
This was probably the cutest dessert I have ever had in a fine dining restaurant. The blackberry sorbet was hidden inside the dome-shaped corn meringue. I remember taking my spoon and knocking on the meringue a couple of times before the sorbet decided to show itself.
Plus – it wasn’t just the cutest dessert, but it was also the best dessert that I have ever tried! I mean, corn in a dessert? Well, it turned out pretty good!
Just when I thought there was no more food after that last dessert, the server came back with a petite four. My tummy said “But you are full!” while my heart told me to eat them all. Of course, I followed my heart 🙂
The desserts were really good at Le Bernardin. Coming from me, this is a little bit unusual as I often find desserts at any restaurant to be a tad too sweet – but it wasn’t the case here. So, kudos to the team at Le Bernardin – you definitely exceeded my expectations!
If you are a big foodie, you love trying out different fine dining restaurant experiences, and you especially like seafood – I’d highly recommend Le Bernardin when you’re in New York City. Put it on top of your to-go list and thank me later 😉 Enjoy!
Le Bernardin Address: 155 W 51st St, New York, 10019, USA Telephone: +1 212 554 1515 Opening hours: Mon - Thurs 12-230PM, 515-1030PM Fri 12-230PM, 515-11PM Sat 515-11PM Closed on Sunday Website: le-bernardin.com