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nmprisons Mar 6, 2011 05:58 PM

I have reservations for one evening next month and am very much looking forward to it. Because it is my eighth anniversary, I want to make sure it is special. Any thoughts appreciated. Specifically, will they do an extended tasting upon request like per se does? anything other than the egg to make sure we get? thanks so much.

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

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    scotty27 RE: nmprisons Mar 7, 2011 06:37 AM

    Everything is delicious. Call 'em & ask re tasting...

    www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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      nmprisons RE: scotty27 Mar 8, 2011 11:49 AM

      I do wish they had an email address as their phone hours and mine rarely correspond (stupid work!)

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        peter j RE: nmprisons Mar 8, 2011 11:56 AM

        It would be difficult to improve on the Chef's Tasting Menu, and Eric Ripert is a firm believer in balance and moderation.

        But if you do manage an extended tasting menu, we'd love to hear about it.

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      citykid426 RE: nmprisons Mar 8, 2011 01:27 PM

      My husband took me there for my birthday a few years back and we did a tasting. I'm sure the menu has changed since then but I do remember seeing Eric. He was really tall! Anyway, in terms of quality it was good, but my experience at Per Se (since you mentioned it) was MUCH better.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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        nmprisons RE: citykid426 Mar 8, 2011 02:27 PM

        We did Per Se together last year and loved it. Time to try something new. Thanks, though.

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      2. TheDegustationAsian RE: nmprisons Mar 8, 2011 03:12 PM

        Unsure whether Le Bernardin does extended menus or not. However, having eaten there a few weeks back, I can say that I was more than impressed with my meal there. Unlike some restaurants, my SO and I did both tasting menus (Chef''s and Le Bernardin) for a total of 15 different dishes. In addition, having selected the Le Bernardin menu (7 courses) I supplemented a dish so that we each had a total of 8 dishes. Add to that Laiskonis' "egg," and we had about 17 original courses, not including the amuse or petits fours. Having done an extended tasting menu at The French Laundry, I can't say whether one is better than another, I feel each restaurant has their particular strenghts and weaknesses. Regardless, I have little doubt that you will have an excellent meal.

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

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          nmprisons RE: TheDegustationAsian Mar 8, 2011 03:18 PM

          wonderful, thank you for the reply. i just sent them an email to ask about an extended, but your report means that i will likely be more than happy either way.

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            TheDegustationAsian RE: nmprisons Mar 9, 2011 04:11 AM

            @nmprisons - please report back whether they will accomodate extended tasting menus, I'd be very interested to know.

            Here are the pictures from my most recent meal at Le Bernardin:
            http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawandfo...

            @foodwhisperer - I'm sorry to hear about your last experience. I've only been twice, and honestly, was extremely disappointed after our first visit. Some of the dishes seemed to lack the oomph that I was looking for. Combine that with spotty service and I was not rushing back anytime soon. However, the Caviar - Urchin dish in particular caught my attention and wanting to try both tasting menus warranted a return and was pleased that both the food and service was much better this time around.

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

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            foodwhisperer RE: TheDegustationAsian Mar 8, 2011 09:55 PM

            I disappointed with my last meal at Le Bernadin. I had been there when they first opened and said it was the best restaurant for fish in the world. My last meal, was a total disappointment, the fish was inconsistently made. One dish was overcooked , another undercooked. lack of flavor. Take away the glitz and the fish at the Acqua Grill was better than my last meal at le Bernadin. Not to mention a $1700 tab, for four people. I had a 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou. It was served too cold. The sommelier
            agreed that it was too cold but served it anyway.

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            Acqua
            718 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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            citykid426 RE: nmprisons Mar 9, 2011 08:56 AM

            I'd take my money and spend it on Veritas,if they're still open, or Corton. Just as classy but the food is much better and it's consistent. Of course some may disagree, and to each his own...

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            Corton
            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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              RGR RE: citykid426 Mar 9, 2011 09:12 AM

              Veritas ranked as one of our favorites from the time it first opened. I've put that verb in the past tense for a reason. After summarily closing in August and Chef Grégory Pugin being axed, it reopend in November with a new chef/partner, Sam Hazen, and a decor redo.

              I'm truly sad to report that the food (contemporary American) doesn't hold the proverbial candle to Pugin's exquisite modern French cuisine cuisine. Nor, for that matter, to Scott Bryan's, the original chef, whose food was also contemporary American. Our first meal after the reopening was a disaster, at least with regard to the appetizer and main course I chose (though Mr. R. fared better). I was hesitant to go again but overcame that reluctance because I felt, given our history with the place, it deserved a second chance. While the food was better, it still wasn't good enough to make me eager to return. Also, I don't care for the new decor. But that's a minor point. If the food had wowed me, the decor would not keep me away.

              (The "new") Veritas photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                nmprisons RE: citykid426 Mar 9, 2011 10:38 AM

                Veritas is no longer Veritas, as others point out below. I Have been to Corton. It was good, but not, in my opinion, close to the same league as EMP or Per Se. Frankly, I enjoyed my meals at Gramercy Tavern, Ko, WD-50, and The Modern more as well.

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                Per Se
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                WD-50
                50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                Gramercy Tavern
                42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                Veritas
                43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

                Corton
                239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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                citykid426 RE: nmprisons Mar 9, 2011 10:06 AM

                Damn that's too bad, I really liked the old restaurant and their sommelier. He was cute, stylish, and introduced me to my first bottle of Chablis... Sad.

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