going to Le Bernardin this week for a special birthday
What should I order? What's really special? What about a wine recommendation? I would like to get a good, interesting wine but price is a consideration here.
I was at Le Bernadin a few years ago for lunch and am really looking forward to going back.
OK, I went there. It was very good but for the money they charge it should have been amazingly great.
The two of us had the 2 tasting menus. The Chef Tasting menu ($180) and the Le Bernardin tasting menu ($135).
Here is some advise if you go. The less expensive tasting menu had more interesting dishes and better quality dishes than the more expensive Chef's Tasting menu. The Chef's tasting menu sounded more interesting when reading the menu but it wasn't. Save your money and get the Le Bernadin tasting menu.
The sommelier steered us to an excellent wine. It was a Tesch Rieslinge. Bone dry with good body and great depth of flavors. Good choice. $80 was more than I usually spend on a bottle of wine in a restaurant but this was one of the least expensive wines on their wine list. It went very well with the food.
I thought the wine was a good value and better than most of the food.
When I got home I looked up the wine at cork'd. Good review. $11.50 retail. Ripped off but at least it was good.
The fish in all the courses were very good but the sauces were sometimes excellent.
Go for the full tasting menu with wines. I have been there twice. It is still hands down my favorite restaurant in NYC.