155 W 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Sat, 09/01/2018, 7:45pm reservation
Le Bernadin is Eric Ripert's 3 Michelin Star restaurant located in the Midtown district in the heart of the Big Apple. It has been on my list of restaurants to try for the longest time and thanks to my AMEX Platinum card, I managed to snag a reservation for my time in NYC.
The restaurant itself is exquisite. The service was impeccable. The decor was sophisticated. And well, the food was a masterpiece. Eric Ripert managed to bring French food to the Americans at its utmost quality. We decided on the Chef's Tasting Menu for $225pp.
|Amuse Bouche-the watermelon|
|CAVIAR TARTARE: Hamachi Osetra Caviar Tartare; Sea Lettuce; Dashi Gelee|
|LANGOUSTINE: Seared Langoustine; Foie Gras Crouton; Balsamic-Truffle Vinaigrette|
|SEA TROUT: Ultra Rare Smoked Sea Trout; Pickled Red Onion; Citrus-Miso Emulsion|
|HALIBUT: Poached Halibut; Radish Medley; Daikon-Ginger Dashi|
|DOVER SOLE: Sauteed Dover Sole; Lemon-Potato Mousseline; Shallot Emulsion|
|HAWAIIAN-WALU -JAPANESE WAGYU: Grilled Walu and Seared Wagyu; Tomato Summer Roll; Spiced Red Wine Sauce|
|YOGURT: Smoked Yogurt, Maple Macerated Blueberries, Graham Crackers|
|RHUBARB: Rhubarb Marmalade; Marscapone Cremaeaux; Limoncello Sorbet|
Overall, Le Bernadin truly is a magical place. Everything from the bread and butter to the amuse bouche was made with precision. The food was simple yet elegant. The food was bursting with flavor yet you could taste each and every ingredient. I think that is what makes French cuisine truly special: it doesn't transform its ingredients to something weird like some molecular gastronomy restaurants do...it wants to make the ingredients shine.
Notable Dishes: Langoustine and Japanese Wagyu