Is it still worth it?
I've been to Le Bernardin twice this year. Both meals
were outstanding. Almost everybody agrees that it is
one of the best restaurants in America. With Daniel
and Lespinasse closed right now, it is arguably the
best in New York for the time being. On one visit, I
had an a la carte lunch and, on the other visit, I had
the dinner tasting menu. Every dish on both visits was
at least very good. Some were excellent. A few were
awe-inspiring. Service is just about perfect. The room
is comfortable, if a bit large and impersonal. The
reception at the front can be a little cold, but the
rest of the staff is warm and friendly. It's
expensive, though, and the menu is not as creative or
interesting as it was in the Le Coze days.