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If you have to wait for your table at Le Bernardin, take a seat at the New York restaurant’s newly expanded bar and lounge before feasting on Eric Ripert’s amazing seafood. This comfortable spot seats about 30 people — right at the bar or at small, comfortable tables with leather seats in the lounge area — and is the perfect place to sip a pre-dinner glass of champagne. If you haven’t made a reservation at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, you are invited to sit at the bar and lounge and order off its dedicated cocktail menu. The bar offers the full menu of fantastic seafood fare that you’ll find in the main dining room. The only difference: no reservations or jackets required.