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One fine lunch- Le Bernardin or Bouley?

ChicagoKat Jul 19, 2007 09:16 AM

Flying in from Chicago for the day, and would like to treat the bosses to a high end lunch. Which should I choose? Other suggestions? One boss does not eat fish or seafood!

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    kofka Jul 19, 2007 09:33 AM

    Le Bernardin specializes in seafood......

    1. seal Jul 19, 2007 09:35 AM

      If your goal is fine food with no seafood, why Le Bernardin? My top choice would be:

      L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel. I suggest the Gazpacho and the Quail for the boss who does not eat seafood, and of course, if they have the egg...

      1. ChefJune Jul 19, 2007 09:38 AM

        Le Bernardin is a fish restaurant. That rather narrows your choice down to Bouley! but personally I might prefer someplace like Gotham Bar and Grill, or Eleven Madison Park.

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          MIKELOCK34 Jul 19, 2007 09:55 AM

          Bouley is one of only two restaurants in NYC that we will not visit again due to the food and service. Le Bernardin has been wonderful for us for both food and service, but as mentioned, they specialize in seafood, though they have other good options. Aureole can be good for lunch and dinner too. Would definitely skip Bouley regardless. The tasting menu at Craft has been incredibly good for us during truffle season. Craft does not require jackets for men if you want to go a little less formal.

          1. twiggles Jul 19, 2007 11:07 AM

            as others have said, no Bernardin, since it is a fish restaurant. I didn't have the best dinner experience at Bouley, but it is a beautiful place. I'd suggest Jean Georges instead. The food and service there cannot be beat.

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              BW212 Jul 19, 2007 12:02 PM

              Le Bernadin blows Bouley out of the water on all counts. I have not been to Jean Georges yet (this week!) but from what I understand their lunches are surprisingly reasonable. And since you're paying...

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                MiloTock Jul 19, 2007 03:33 PM

                I concur regarding Jean-Georges and also agree that there is no point in Le Bernadin if one of your party does not eat seafood. You also need to consider where in town you will be. Mid-day traffic in Manhattan can be horrible, so you may want to take geography into account (sitting in traffic for twenty-five minutes is not a good apperatif). If you are in midtown, The Modern (the restaurant at MoMA) is also quite good.

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