back to Le Bernadin

Le Bernadin is a NY institution.  Elegant, classic and very adult.  Definitely a place to celebrate something.  They recently renovated and we had something to celebrate so we returned.  When Fred and Brad closed their partnership of Union Square Ventures, we went to Le Bernadin to celebrate.  Recently the partnership has grown into a family and it was fitting that we returned to Le Bernadin to celebrate the new future of Union Square Ventures. 

I did not go around the table taking pictures but stayed to my end and of course my food.  The restaurant was in definite need of a face lift.  They completed the construction project this past August, shutting down only for that month and opening the doors in September.  They did a beautiful job.  Warm soft lighting with light woods and a very chic bar.  The chairs are super comfortable and the colors are all in the brown family. 

I decided to be decadent starting with raw tuna served over a crispy piece of toast lightly slathered with foie gras.  How bad could that be? 

Raw pieces of fluke sitting in a light avacado jalapeno broth with tiny pieces of micro greens spread around the plate. 

Le Bernadin is all about the fish.  If you don't love fish, this is not the place for you.  Although they do have a handful of options which are probably delicious it is not what the chef is all about. 

Hamachi rolled around mint Thai basil sitting on top of a carrot-lime sauce. 

You can do a tasting menu but we opted for the four course which is one choice from the almost raw menu, another choice from barely touched, another choice from just cooked and then dessert.  Here is my barely touched dish.  Poached langoustines served with a warm mushroom salad, shaved foie gras and a white balsamic vinegar.  Wow.

Charred octopus with purple basil, black fermented beans, black ink and a miso vinaigrette.  Looks like thin slices of of Asian apple on top.  I just took a picture of this one.

Lightly cooked on the outside yellowfin tuna with a green peppercorn chutney on top.

Poached cod with thinly sliced white truffles on top over a light truffle butter sauce.  Quite delicious although I have to say I do prefer the appetizers here. 

Salted peanut butter caramel and malted milk crunch ice cream with a milk chocolate sitting over the top.  You really can't go wrong here and the presentation is to beautiful.

LIttle tray of last minute treats to finish off the meal. 

We had such a great time. An incredible group of people who are excited to be united under one roof.  A celebration at Le Bernadin was definitely the right call. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    Nice. perfect lunch time read as usual.

    1. Gotham Gal

      exactly..hopefully pre-lunch or during.

  2. Rohan

    Definitely pre. Here’s a friday quote that you might relate to next time you have a disagree with kids..’Parents call it “talking back”, we call it “answering your question”.’Happy friday! 😀

    1. Gotham Gal

      got a good chuckle out of that

  3. Virgilio costa

    A tad late… happy birthday Brad

  4. Kylie Sachs

    YUM!  Last time I went I was in the throws of pregnancy “morning” sickness (dinner was bday gift for my husband). Definitely need to go back…and maybe this time I can enjoy it too 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  5. E8dory

    Oh! I don’t think I’ve ever salivated reading about food as much as I’m salivating right now!

  6. Cynthia Schames

    Le Bernardin is the ONLY place I will happily nibble course after course of fish. Looks like the interior redecoration was done in a fairly minimalistic way–it’s been about a year since I’ve been there but from your photos, nothing screams “NEW DECOR”.  Which is good. The opposite was true when my beloved Daniel Boulud lost his mind and ruined that totally over-the-top fabulous decor that was once Daniel. 

    1. Gotham Gal

      the next one that needs a serious makeover is gotham bar and grill. so 80’s.