What five things should I know about Le Bernardin?

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The popular New York dining hotspot Le Bernardin offers a seafood-centric menu from co-owner and celebrity chef Eric Ripert. Located in New York’s Theater District near Times Square, the restaurant sources its seafood daily and prepares simple yet flavorful dishes that often include Asian ingredients. Before you head to this seafood lover’s paradise, here are the top five things to know about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant:

1. Le Bernardin playfully divides its seafood menu into three sections: Almost Raw, Barely Touched and Lightly Cooked. You’ll find oysters and fluke sashimi in the first category, while sautéed calamari and warm lobster carpaccio shine in the second. In the last, delicately prepared entrées include a crispy black bass with lup cheong sausage or red snapper baked in a rosemary and thyme-salt crust. The chef doesn’t serve endangered Chilean sea bass and shark, and if you don’t love seafood, pasta, lamb, duck or filet mignon can fill your plate upon request.

2. We highly recommend making a reservation at Le Bernardin, a top New York restaurant whose 32 tables fill up quickly for lunch and dinner. You can call the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant directly to make a reservation or book through OpenTable. Occasional walk-ins are accepted, or you can sit in the more casual bar area, which lets you order from the complete menu.

3. It's an upscale New York seafood restaurant and accordingly, gentlemen are required to wear jackets in the dining room. Ties, while not mandatory, are preferred. Ladies should also dress to impress — a nice skirt, blouse and slacks or dress will do. You’ll want to look your best in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hot spot, which offers formal, attentive service in a sleek and modern atmosphere.

4. Dining at Le Bernardin is a splurge, but if you’re a seafood lover, it’s a splurge you’ll never forget. The luxury New York restaurant offers a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $115, a seven-course tasting menu for $140, or $227 with the wine pairing, and a 10-course chef’s menu for $190, or $330 with the wine pairing. If you want to try the delicious seafood without breaking the bank, the three-course lunch menu — very similar to the dinner menu — comes in at a steal for $70.

5. The New York restaurant is co-owned by Maguy Le Goze and acclaimed chef Eric Ripert. A native of France, Ripert won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year in 2003 and earned fame as the host of his Emmy-Award winning cooking show on PBS, Avec Eric, and serves as a frequent guest judge on Top Chef.

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