Celebration Lunch - Le Bernardin or . . . ?
I'm looking to plan a memorable lunch for my Mom for her 65th birthday. The $72 prix-fixe at Le Bernardin looks tremendous - she loves seafood, but isn't super-adventurous (doesn't like raw preparations). Any suggestions for best dishes would be appreciated. Also, are there other restaurants, at a similar price point, you might recommend that would provide a similar "special" experience? Neighborhood not important as we'll travel anywhere in Manhattan. Thanks.
I have never had a bad dish at Le B so I could say with a clear conscience anything that looked appealing to your Mom would probably be great. That being said I like the tuna app, the monkfish, the lobster.
For other celebratory restaurants with that price point you could check out Jean George dining room (not Nougotine), Bouley.
Le Bernardin is truly memorable, but my favorite place for big celebration is Gramercy Tavern.
When you mention "celebration" and "le Bernardin" in the same sentence, I automatically think of Champagne. Great wine list there, and some nice champers on it. And the Eric Ripert's food often is a great match with champagne. Just saying.