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Le Bernardin is one of the most elegant restaurants in Manhattan, and in the country. If you'd like the inside scoop on this fashionable restaurant -- complete with tidbits like how to dress and where to get the best seat -- please read on.

Reservations
Reservations are strongly recommended, if not required, and can be made by clicking the "Make a Reservation Link" above, or by phoning the restaurant directly.

Seating
The 30 tables that make up the dining room are strategically placed so that no matter where you are sitting, you will neither overhear or be overheard by the other diners in the room. Seating is more than generous, as tables for four are some of the largest we've seen at 52 inches wide. Armless chairs were 22 inches wide and upholstered in leather. Alternatively, chairs in the salon are woven; also armless, they are nonetheless comfortable. Your purse is not forgotten, either, as a small chair is brought over for its comfort during the meal. Additionally, you can dine at the bar, if you so desire, where seating is in high armless leather chairs with low backs.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Le Bernardin is one of subtle elegance. Muted music plays throughout the dining room. In addition to co-owners Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze, Managing Director David Mancini runs a tight ship. Under his direction, service is exceptional and seamless. Our server, Alex, could not have been more helpful or nice. Rocky, our sommelier, was delightful and knowledgeable. Our every desire was anticipated and taken care of at the bat of an eye. Never did we hear a word of another guest's conversation, nor did we feel that there was anyone else in the dining room, with the exception of our party. The experience was remarkable.

Restrooms

The restrooms have same-level access as the main dining room and are down the hall, past the stairway to the salon. The rooms are more than generous. If you happen to be dining upstairs in the salon, there are separate restrooms on that level for salon guests.

   
     
    
Dress Code
A jacked is required for men.

Parking
Because it's situated in the heart of Midtown, this restaurant is incredibly convenient and is accessible by all the subways and trains, the closest of which are the B, D, E, F, N, Q, R & V, W, 1, 2 and 3 lines. Alternatively, the restaurant is easily accessible by taxi, bus and car. The nearest pay garage is on 51st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Or there is one slightly farther west on 51st between 7th and Broadway.

Awards
Le Bernardin has received multiple awards since its opening in January 1986. Most notably, the restaurant was one of only four to receive three stars from the first New York Michelin Guide in October 2005. Additional awards for the restaurant include: "Best Restaurant in America," GQ, 1997; "Outstanding Restaurant of the Year," James Beard Foundation, 1998; "Outstanding Service," James Beard Foundation, 1999; and Number 10 of Gourmet's "America's Top 50 Restaurants," 2006. Additionally Eric Ripert has been awarded: "Top Chef in New York City," James Beard Foundation, 1998; "Outstanding Chef of the Year," James Beard Foundation, 2003, "Outstanding Chef in the United States," James Beard Foundation, 2007; Chef of Merit, 2005, "Bon Appetite American Food and Entertaining Awards"; and the Food Arts 2004 Silver Spoon Award. Not to be overlooked, Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis has his share of honors, including: "Outstanding Pastry Chef," James Beard Foundation, 2007; "Pastry Chef of the Year," Bon Appetite, 2002; and one of "The 10 Best Pastry Chefs in America," Pastry Art & Design, 2003. Wine Director/Chief Sommelier Aldo Sohm has also been awarded "Best Sommelier in Austria" four times since 2002, and in 2008 he was granted "Best Sommelier in the World" as part of a WSA competition held in Rome.

*Please note that the restaurants featured at TravelsinTaste.com may have changed their personnel, menu, pricing, decor, hours of operation, etc., since our last visit. The competitive and creative nature of the fine dining scene virtually assures that changes will occur on a frequent basis in order to make diners happier, meals more pleasurable and visits more frequent. Given their frequent fluctuations, most restaurants welcome inquiries about their current hours, menu and more.

   
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