I took my wife to Le Berdardin for her birthday this year.
First, let me say that they make some great cocktails here. We tried four altogether. They averaged around $20 each.
The bread service here is spectacular. Almost as good as my favorite spot for pre-dinner bread, Marea.
The amuse of raw seafood preparations was probably my favorite part of the meal, and it wasn’t even one of the seven tasting menu courses.
And this kampachi crudo with dried olives was amazing. So flavorful yet so simple.
The crab cake of peekytoe and dungeoness with lobster shell broth was really nice. This place knows what they’re doing around seafood.
The halibut with dashi and radish was nice…
But the Faroe Islands salmon with mushroom and black truffle sauce stole the show in terms of fish filet dishes here.
Our next entree was a surf and turf of wahu (Hawaiian white tuna) and wagyu. The portion was very small, but I didn’t mind so much at course five.
We had a ton of desserts here. First was the coconut sorbet with coconut meringue.
Then a chocolate gelato and chocolate cake thing with gold leaf and meringue sticks.
Then a complimentary chocolate mousse cake thing for my wife’s birthday, of course with more gold leaf.
And then petit fours.
Honestly, I would have preferred more amuse crudos from the start of the meal over this sweet shit. But everything was nice nonetheless.
The bill was big, but luckily I had a $150 gift certificate to use from a very generous friend of mine.
I probably wouldn’t go back, but I would definitely recommend this place for someone who is looking for an impressive night out with their spouse.
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019