Ever since seeing Mr. Eric Ripert on various food shows I love (mostly Top Chef), I wanted to try his restaurant. The want was magnified when I saw him speak with Anthony Bourdain in San Francisco. He was just so well spoken with his French accent so I just definitely wanted to try his restaurant when I was in NYC next.
When I was planning the trip, I knew I wanted to spend a few days being a tourist – seeing broadway musicals, spending a night at the Waldorf Astoria for New Year’s Eve, and definitely eating some amazing food along the way. I’m not going to write about every single restaurant – since that’s what Yelp is for; I’m just going to write about the food and experience at the one restaurant I HAD to go to – Le Bernardin!
We (the best friend and I) ended up with a slightly later reservation than preferred (1:45 pm), but that’s because we watched the Rockettes beforehand and didn’t want to be late for this fancy lunch we had planned. So we walked in a little early and were seated at their lounge area before they got our table ready. When we were seated, our amazingness started. Yes, it was probably a little weird, but I wanted to take pictures of almost everything – not of the restaurant, but definitely of all my food.
Since the menu for what we decided was a large list, Kimberly and I didn’t end up getting the same items. The table started off with this awesome bowl of seafood salad with accompanying chips. The topping was so good and we ended up getting even more chips. Afterwards, I ordered the Seafood Truffle pasta (Crab, Lobster; Tagliatelle, Black Truffle Emulsion). The amount of flavor in the dish was amazing. I couldn’t believe that I was getting actual shavings of black truffle too! Every bite was different but delicious. So good! My main course was the black bass “surf & turf” (Crispy Black Bass and Braised Veal Cheek; Parsnip Emulsion, Ginger-Five Spice Reduction). It was another delicious dish that was so beautiful that I didn’t want to eat it, but then again, it was delicious. A definite re-order for me! My last dish was a roasted pear dessert. It definitely wasn’t my favorite, but I definitely appreciated the creativity of the dish and the plating. I really wish there was a chocolate cake! Would have gotten that instead.
Overall, amazing lunch. I wouldn’t give up the experience for anything. Loved the food, loved my time there.