12 days ago
Not just a pleasure, but many pleasures. Four of us had a wonderful lunch of the Chef's Tasting Menu. We were there for well over three glorious hours. We were sorely tempted to come back for the evening meal, if there had been a table! The service was top notch: not overly familiar but personable; not stiff but professional, knowledgeable and attentive and a having a desire to help create an occasion; at times gently humorous. This was some of the best sea food I have ever tasted. Nothing was overcooked, the lobster done just enough and no more, for example. While the food was tasty, the flavours were also very subtle. We had the accompanying wines and these were very well chosen and sometimes a little unexpected. The price, for what we got, was very reasonable. I ate at Jean Georges a few years ago and it also had many similar qualities to Le Bernardin, though not with a sea food emphasis. If I were returning to NYC and had to choose, I would return to Le Bernardin.