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Jan 14, 2013 06:54 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Spiritchaser

      I was just checking the Bouley website since I'm returning for dinner next week, and Bouley's tasting menu at lunch is now $50 for 5 courses (multiple selections for each course).

      1. re: ellenost

        That's a good tip. Have you had the lunch course? Do you think it will be different than dinner in terms of quality? thanks.

        1. re: Monica

          While I've only had dinner at Bouley, I have read wonderful reports about the lunch tasting menu. Five courses for $50 sounds like a wonderful way to try the restaurant. I know the quality of the food and service at lunch will be just as wonderful as it is for dinner.

      2. re: Spiritchaser

        Thanks for the info. I just looked at the Bouley website and now I'm conflicted.

        1. re: freshlycured

          No one does fish like Le B but if you want choices other than fish then Bouley, or another place, would probably be a better choice.

      3. Le Bernardin is truly memorable, but my favorite place for big celebration is Gramercy Tavern.

        1. Your mom will love Le Grenouille

          1. 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.