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Feb 29, 2012 11:02 AM

Le Bernardin - lounge (lobster en brioche and cocktail)

I want to go to Le Bernardin for a lobster en brioche and a cocktail (suggested cocktail) at the bar during my up-coming visit when is a good time to go? Are some days better than others? Do you I need a reservation or can I just pop in during the late afternoon?

Thank you for any help you can offer.

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

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  1. What days of the week will you be visiting?

    I believe the dress code is business casual at the bar, jacket required in the main dining room.

    Also note their hours:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:15pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:15pm - 11:00pm

    They are closed in the late afternoon until 5:15pm, and closed on Sundays.

    5 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Hi helped me with my Momofuku questions before...thanks again!

      We will be there on Sunday, March 11 and leave on Thursday, March 16. I am really glad you pointed out the dress code as I would've felt a little stupid going there with jeans on.

      So do I need a reservation for the bar?

      I also wanted to try Boulud Cafe for breakfast or there a dress code there? Do I need a reservation?

      Thanks have been really helpful!!!

      Cafe Boulud
      20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

      1. re: kingkolo

        Le Bernardin does not take reservations for bar/lounge dining, it's walk-in only. I'd recommend walking in on the early or late side to have a higher chance of getting a seat. For example, for dinner, I'd walk-in before 6:30pm.

        Cafe Boulud is business casual. They'll still let you in if you wear jeans, but you'll likely feel out of place since everyone else is dressed up. You should make a reservation.

          1. re: kingkolo

            And just an FYI. We walked into the lounge a few days after it opened, GF and I both had nice jeans on (and I had a sports coats on). I hated the idea of going in with jeans on but we were right in the neighborhood and we thought if nothing else we would get to sneek a peek at the new decor. I asked the women if we were okay with jeans in the lounge area and she said "no problem".

            1. re: Spiritchaser

              Thank you for that FYI! We dress smart but I am often in good jeans so this is great news.