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Le Bernardin, Midtown West

155 W. 51st Street
Midtown West
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 554 1515's insider take:

How do you stay on top for more than ten years? Ask Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert, a technician with the heart of an artist. Months after Gilbert Le Coze opened this elegant fish restaurant in 1986, it got four stars from The New York Times. After Le Coze died, Ripert took over, and it hasn't missed a step since. If this very grown-up Midtown place remains the one to beat despite astronomical prices and what many consider a too-sedate corporate decor, it's because of Ripert's always-evolving menu, which includes such worldly dishes as lobster in lemon-miso broth and masala-spiced crispy black bass. Go for broke with the $155 chef's tasting menu. You won't regret it.

Closed Sundays.

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