Le Bernardin, NYC – Lunch

Because we have covered Le Bernardin in several other posts, I won’t repeat myself, except to say that lunches here are just as exceptional in food and even more exceptional in value. You can get a $45 or a $70 menu, compared to the dinner choices that are over $100. My group went for the baller menu even at lunch with the lunch pairing to celebrate a friend’s upcoming Sabbatical from work, but the cheaper lunch options look amazing.

Salmon Rillete
Nice way to start the meal with a little salty rillette on some bread

Leaping Waters Beef, Langoustine and Osetra Caviar Tartare Black Pepper-Vodka, Crème Fraîche, Pomme Gaufrette
Dom Pérignon – Moët & Chandon 2000
I felt like Rockefeller eating this little bite; it was rich and so delicious and the bubbly caviar went to well with…bubbly

Warm Lobster “Carpaccio”; Ruby Red Grapefruit and Heart of Palm,Verjus Sabayon
Vouvray Sec, Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut Lieu’, Loire, France 2010
Le Bernardin knows how to do lobste; the best one I’ve had to this day was on the Chef’s Tasting Menu

Charred Octopus “a la plancha”; Green Olive and Black Garlic Emulsion, Sundried Tomato Sauce Vierge
Albarino, Trico, Rias Baixas, Spain 2009

Shellfish Medley; Yuzu Scented Custard, Smoked Bonito Broth
Yuki no Bosha, Yamahai Jumai, Akita
This dish was another standout – a rich broth full of the best the sea can offer

“Ultra-Rare” Arctic Char; Truffled Peas and Favas, Butter Lettuce-Tarragon Emulsion
Sauvignon Blanc, Floreado, Cantina Andrian, Alto Adige 2010

Roasted Monkfish; Wilted Mustard Greens-Daikon “Sandwich”, Adobo Sauce
Pinot Noir, Duijn, Baden, Germany 2008

Lychee Gelée, Rose Emulsion, Raspberry Sorbet
Côteaux de Layon, Chaume, Château, Soucherie, Loire 2007
I typically like getting roses, not eating them, but this is a very acceptable alternative

Madagascan Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Mousse, Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Château La Rame-Reserve, Saint Croix du Mont 2001


2 Responses to “Le Bernardin, NYC – Lunch”
  1. You went there without me…

  2. This is my all time favorite. I love Eric and have followed him for years. I think that I have spent almost every birthday there….I am drouling….

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