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New York

155 West 51st Street,
the Equitable building,
New York,
NY 10019
Tel: +1 2125541515
Fax: +1 2125541100

The verdict is in. After 20 years of beguiling boulevardiers and becs fins with things that swim, Le Bernardin can claim to be the best fish restaurant in New York, America and arguably even the world. If you've never eaten skate prepared at Le Bernardin or even fried calamari there, you have no benchmark or frame of reference to judge all the other pretenders to Le Bernardin's crown. You'd never have known things from the sea could taste so good. French-born Maguy Le Coze's grand eatery has garnered virtually every possible accolade since opening---many of them deserved---and the restaurant has remained rock-steady in quality and true to its style. The feeling here is a bit cold, like some great noble fish. There are even fish paintings on the walls. The haughtiness extends to the high-ceiling, corporate-like teak dining room, and to the proper, reserved service. Beautiful flower arrangements add a feminine touch. Eric Ripert, the talented chef and minority partner, turns out inventive and varied cuisine. To experience Ripert's repertoire at its best, order the $155 chef's tasting menu. A minimalist dinner might offer among other refinements layers of thinly pounded yellowfin tuna, served with foie gras and shaved chives, or marinated Kumamoto oysters doused with shiso-lemon olive oil and spices. Other menu selections might include marinated peekytoe crab with baby fennel and cucumber or baked snapper with a spicy-sour Puerto Rican sancocho broth served with sweet potato, plantain and avocado. Since the talented brother-and-sister-team of the late Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze opened the restaurant in 1986, Le Bernardin has been a highlight of the New York dining scene---both enlightening and seducing diners with what was then a revolutionary approach to seafood. In addition, the attractive Maguy brings her French charm to the front of the house. This is not a place for the faint-of-wallet. Wine and food prices are heart-throbbing.
Cuisine: Seafood
Ambience: Formal Fine Dining
Special: celebrity Chef, Star Spotting

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