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Restaurant Review: Le Bernardin, New York, NY

Today is a "throwback Thursday" post, because it has taken me roughly two months to share the amazing meal we enjoyed at Le Bernardin, Chef Eric Ripert's three star Michelin awarded French seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I flew to NYC for a long weekend with a group of fabulous friends in the middle of December, and that we ate and drank our way around the city.  I had always wanted to visit Manhattan during the holiday season, and we had the opportunity to experience the NYC holiday spirit complete with a snowstorm!  Some of our party also went to the Seahawks-Giants game, but for us the main coordinated effort of the weekend was dinner at Le Bernardin.  We had a large group of nine people, so we decided that the entire table would order the seven course chef's tasting menu, and then we supplemented the meal with a few additional dishes.  All courses were exceptional, and choosing a favorite would be very difficult.  Take a look at the descriptions below, and see what you think looks and sounds the best!


My handsome date and I ready for the fantastic meal ahead!  I am the luckiest.


Assorted amuse-bouche to start.


TUNA: Layers of Thinly Pounded Yellowfin Tuna; Foie Gras and Toasted Baguette Chives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil


SCALLOP: Barely Cooked Scallop; Brown Butter Dashi


 LOBSTER: Lobster “Lasagna”; Celeriac, Truffle Butter


SALMON: Barely Cooked Wild Salmon; Sweet and Sour Hon Shimeji Mushrooms and Lotus Root, Maitake Broth


LANGOUSTINE: Sautéed Langoustine; Truffle and Chanterelle, Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette


STRIPED BASS: Wild Striped Bass; Bhutanese Red Rice, Green Papaya Salad, Ginger-Red Wine Sauce


CRANBERRY: Lightly Poached Cranberries, Spiced Squash, Maple Syrup, Cranberry Sorbet


DARK CHOCOLATE PARFAIT: Candied Marcona Almonds, Dulce de Leche, Milk Sorbet


And finally, assorted dessert bites to finish the meal.  Looking at the photos again reminds me of the flavors and textures that made this meal exceptional.  I hope you enjoyed this photo tour of our seven course chef's tasting menu, and that it inspires you to try new dishes and restaurants when the opportunity arises.  If you are interested, you can check out the current menu here:

http://le-bernardin.com/menus/#tasting-chefs

http://le-bernardin.com/menus/#tasting-le-bernardin

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great rest of your week!  Don't forget to enter my Koret Tudor Zip Pouch Giveaway before Sunday - the giveaway period ends this weekend.  Good luck!

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