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Newly renovated Le Bernardin

Yes, they did raise the prices, but contrary to my anticipation, only by $5~10 per course.

The menu looked O.K... I saw some repetitions.

Personally, it was less satisfactory than my previous experience two years ago.

BTW, they called this 'Religieuse' (meaning 'nun' in French, because the pastry resembles a chubby nun), but what I got was nothing but plain cream puffs. :( I felt I was fooled. (Moreover, one of the petit fours served at the end of the meal was mini cream puff again!)

For more photos of renovated Le Bernardin, please refer to:

http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901230...

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

 
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  1. Thanks for the great pictures. I noticed that the lounge was fairly empty. What time did you dine at Le Bernardin?

    Also, any standout dishes?

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

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      Thanks Cheeryvisage!

      It is because I was there at 5:15PM sharp, just when they opened for dinner, ha ha.'

      I particularly liked the baked lobster. It was so tender and crunch, and the bergamot emulsion went well with the lobster.

      Other dishes were, sadly, not particularly impressive, although I tried only four dishes this time and that may limit the fairness of my review.
      I found hamachi disappointing due to the acidity of citrus vinegar and marinated cucumber overpowering the dish.
      Langustine was somewhat mushy, and I didn't think it was well-matched with foie gras.

      And dessert... as I said previously, the name 'religieuse' was somewhat misleading, although they were pretty tasty 'cream puffs'.

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

      1. re: kosmose7

        Thanks for the insight on the dishes you had.

        I'm thinking of dropping by the lounge to get a thing or two from their lounge menu (curious about their lobster roll). How crowded was the lounge by the time you finished dinner? I imagine you finished around 6:30-7pm?

        1. re: Cheeryvisage

          It was a rather long dinner and I left at 7:30PM. The lounge was almost full! :)

    2. Great photos. The restaurant, even after the renovation, still reminds me of a corporate dining room. I find it somewhat troubling that at NYC's premier seafood restaurant, the dish that interests me the most is the duck--very scary.

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      1. re: ellenost

        Agreed regarding the new dining room. It does indeed still look corporate. Now it's modern corporate versus old-school corporate.

        1. re: ellenost

          I'm surprised that you would say such negative things about Le Bernardin based on someone else's photos and menu descriptions. Shouldn't you at least visit the renovated restaurant before criticizing it?

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

          1. re: filet_minion

            I viewed a very well put together slide presentation of the "new" Le B. And I will say I was not blown away by everything. I like the subdued tones, I think the addition of the booths are very very nice and it's probably where I would choose to be seated, I am not thrilled by the larger tables with the almost couch like seating, I think the lounge area looks fantastic and Le B is somewhere I would now visit just for a quick lounge trip, to me it seems like The Modern Bar meets the Daniel Lounge, so much better than what it replaced. The new painting is incredible.

            1. re: Spiritchaser

              Those larger tables are ridiculous. Whoever sit on the couches will basically have their heads right next to those on the couches on the other side. Ugh.

            2. re: filet_minion

              No need to revisit a restaurant that I have previously dined at numerous times (about half dozen times through the years and about 50-50 split between business and leisure dinners). Never found the food to be as spectacular as others on this board have found. Always thought that that the restaurant looked like a corporate dining room which made it appropriate for business dinners. After the renovation, it still looks like a corporate dining room. I based my opinion of the menu from the OP's photos of the menu itself--not from the OP's description of the menu. The only reasons I would ever go back to Le B are: 1) it's a business dinner; and 2) Aldo Sohm--their sommelier.

              1. re: filet_minion

                I agree with filet minion.

                I'd be interested to hear from others who have dined there since the renovation.

              2. re: ellenost

                ellenost,

                I would caution you to think long and hard before ordering the duck. The last time we were there, I had squab, one of my favorite foods. A huge mistake as it was utterly disappointing. Even if Le Bernardin's "raison d'ĂȘtre" is fish and seafood, one would think the kitchen could still turn out a wonderful dish that isn't pescatorial. After all, it is a "NY Times" 4-star/Michelin 3-star. But, unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

                1. re: RGR

                  Thanks RGR for the warning, but I probably won't be returning to Le Bernardin anytime soon. I think I was trying to show my lack of interest in their regular seafood menu by writing that the most interesting dish on the menu was the duck, but as always, will heed your wise advice.

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                1. re: Sneakeater

                  Oops. Now that I've looked at your picture, you're right: those look like plain cream puffs. Sorry 'bout that.

                  1. re: Sneakeater

                    That is exactly what I am saying... What I got wasn't really a 'religieuse'.
                    A 'religieuse' should look like this.
                    I understand the choux of religieuse is basically the same as that of eclair. So why call the round eclair a 'religieuse'? I don't get it.
                    I wouldn't have chosen it if I had known it was just a plain round eclair, you know...

                     
                    1. re: kosmose7

                      Yeah, you're totally right. I deleted my post when I looked hard at your picture.

                  2. Yeah, it still has that corporate vibe - but then that's Midtown. Seems a touch darker, but maybe that was just the light that day / white balance on the camera.

                    I don't know... all the articles I've read have Ripert talking about how they're trying to update it for a hipper clientele, etc etc etc - but it doesn't seem like much has really changed. I haven't been in some years, and while I had hopes, I can't say I'm sold on making a return visit. Could one order the full menu in the lounge, perhaps - but from what I've heard, it'll be limited to simple dishes. The ability to order ceviches surrounded by Midtown businessmen swilling after-work cocktails blathering about mergers isn't exactly a selling point.

                    Of course, that's not the fault of the restaurant itself - that's just what the local clientele happens to be. But I'd need something better than a ceviche to tune that noise out.

                    1. Great pics!!! So you did the 4 course menu? I'm headed there for the first time in December and I'm looking forward to it, despite the lackluster reviews from people on this board whose opinions I trust. I want to try it for myself!