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