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Le Bernardin - any recs?

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Going to Le Barnardin for the first time - for my birthday! Anything good to look out for?

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  1. Call them up 24 hrs in advance and order the snapper for 2.

    I am torn between the fluke and the foie/tuna for my favorite app.

    Dessert is not their strong suit. I have found the fruit choices to be the best ones.


    1. The Fluke tasting appetizer is the way to go. I usually just order the chef tasting course vs the 3 course pre-fixe deal and let them decide for me...with the special request of including the fluke tasting as one of the 5 courses.

      1. i've done the flight o' fluke and the snapper in salt plus lots more, it's all good. an unexpected "find" at lb is the tiny bar. i get a kick out of waiting for my dinner companion there, drinking an expertly prepared martini and snacking on the marinated seafood. best barfood in town and it's gratis!

          1. Deeq, can you report back? I'm going there for my bday this month, also for the first time. Happy bday to you!

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            1. re: gloriousfood

              Well, I went last night. Service was excellent, if not a bit overzealous in the beginning. There was a bit of a miscommunication when the waiter told me the restaurant did not serve seltzer, which I thought was odd--but okay! Later the sommelier came over and said the waiter had misunderstood. I ordered the prix fixe and had the salmon, the pork belly calamari, the surf & turf, and, for dessert, the sweet potato. The dishes were lovely to look at and the salmon was divine. Everything was good, althought it wasn't until dessert that I felt full. It was the typical big plate/small portion style of dining. The most pleasant part of the evening for me was how warm and engaging the room was and how utterly comfortable and cozy I felt.

            2. My husband took me for my birthday last Monday night--my first time, his second. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu with the wine pairings. Heaven...

              Eric Ripert made a showing during dinner, too!

              Just wonderful...

              The tasting menu with wine would be my suggestion!

              1. I concur that the chef tasting menu is the way to go in LB. They also have an extensive selection of great wines in the 30s to 40s range. Desserts I think is LB's low point.

                1. as was mentioned earlier... you have to order the fluke.

                  everything i've had at lb has been spectacular.

                  as for portion size, it's actually one thing that i really like about lb. after 4 or 5 courses you walk out full and satisfied, but not bloated and stuffed.

                  top notch all around and can't wait to go back

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                  1. re: GreatCorbini

                    Agreed regarding portion size. I think it's just right. I was at Le B on Tuesday for dinner (my second time there) and the major standouts were the octopus and the surf/turf. The fluke is also spectacular and highly recommended.

                    The service is warm and pleasant while still being efficient.


                  2. the Black-tie Scallops! Amazing! But everything there is wonderful.