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What's unusual to order at Le B? Whole Red Snapper?

johannabanana Sep 21, 2010 11:58 AM

Trying Le Bernardin for dinner for the first time, very excited and wondering if there are any quieter stand-outs, more under the radar, i.e. neither the foie gras&tuna nor the surf&turf? The whole red snapper that has to be ordered ahead looks intriguing but, from what I've researched, its presentation might be more impressive than its flavour. (Although now seems a good time for the market vegetables.)

Any advice much appreciated!

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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    cambridgedoctpr RE: johannabanana Sep 21, 2010 12:03 PM

    i woud just ask the waiter; everything is very, very fresh; i do not think that you have to worry about what you pick? i would avoid the surf and turf, but i bet that is good, too.

    1. 280 Ninth RE: johannabanana Sep 21, 2010 12:07 PM

      Haven't tried the red snapper at LB, but I can't imagine that it would taste poorly. Red snapper is a richly flavored fish...had I the option I'd order it in a heartbeat!

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        johannabanana RE: 280 Ninth Oct 10, 2010 09:57 AM

        To report back, we pre-ordered the red snapper. After the tuna with foie gras, crab, octopus and langoustine (where the crab was the only dish that wasn't astonishingly good), the snapper's an excellent, plainer follow-up. They display it to you in its crust and then bring it back filleted with the "market vegetables". The salt-cooking gives amazing texture and subtle flavour. The vegetables were similarly delicate and flavoursome although I would hazard that the white and green asparagus that made up part of the selection are not, currently, market vegetables whatsoever.

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