THE EATBEAT: About Le Bernardin
By: Herald Staff Report,
155 W. 51st St., New York City
— Owner/chef: Eric Ripert.
— Seating: 90 with space for 20 more in lounge; two seatings each evening; dinner only Saturdays.
— Telephone: (212) 554-1515.
— Signature dishes: Japanese bluefin tuna; Kobe beef and escolar tuna.
— Report card: This midtown French seafood restaurant provides a mountaintop experience in fine dining. The restaurant — with modern decor and warm wood — is rated as the epitome of all dining in New York eateries. Michelin Guide gives it three stars, most in the city. The average lunch check is $75, dinner $125. The service is impeccable.