Tonight, four star seafood palace Le Bernardin reopens after a month-long hiatus and renovation, its first major aesthetic alteration in its 25 years. What was a somewhat staid and stuffy dining room emerges, fresh, modern, and elegant after its makeover from the architects and designers over at Bentel & Bentel. The tone is still hushed, the tables still at a respectable distance, the floor still carpeted—but now there are accents of teak, curving along the walls, and steel, twisting up to the ceiling in strips. Curved dark leather banquettes line the walls, and an immense triptych painting of a stormy sea dominates the room.
Chef Eric Ripert's menu returns mostly intact, offering incredibly fresh seafood prepared with nods to global influences. The restaurant offers a six or seven course tasting menu for $140 or $190 and a $115 four course menu (with a raw dish, a "barely touched" dish, a "lightly cooked" dish, and dessert). What's new is the lounge, which is more of an entity now than before. Here diners can come and drink and snack without a jacket or a reservation, ordering from a dedicated cocktail menu. Cocktails range from $16 - 18, and menu items include caviar, gravlax, oysters, scallop ceviche, and Ripert's version of a lobster roll.
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155 West 51st Street, Midtown
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