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If you want to kick back with a cocktail or two, visit the newly remodeled bar and lounge at Le Bernardin. Its 30 seats, which include spots at the bar and leather chairs at small cocktail tables, make for a great place to have a drink while you wait for your table. And if you can’t wait to taste chef Eric Ripert’s succulent seafood, opt to dine in the bar. There, you can order from Ripert’s menu without a reservation and without quite as much formality as the main dining room (you don’t even need to wear a jacket).
Famous for its superstar chef and super-fresh fish, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant has been atop the New York food scene for several decades. The popular Manhattan restaurant serves innovative food in a subtly elegant setting.