If you’re just considering Le Bernardin—a staple of NYC fine dining for 35 years helmed by chef Eric Ripert—for dinner before your upcoming show, it’s probably too late to snag a seat. But if you’re looking for an extra indulgent way to round out your night in the Theater District, plan ahead and try to score a reservation at this seafood-focused French restaurant. Prix-fixe menus start at $185 per person for four courses (or $115 for a three-course lunch before a matinee) and go all the way up to $480 for the chef’s tasting with a wine pairing. The restaurant’s lounge is a somewhat more cost-effective option, where you can order cocktails and appetizers like scallop ceviche, salmon rillette with toast, or a lobster roll on a black truffle bun.
Eric Ripert is a name known around the world, and his iconic fine dining, white tablecloth homage to fish, Le Bernardin, is lauded as one of the world’s top restaurants. Here, chef serves simple, yet focused tributes to the ocean with a mixed French- and Japanese-influenced chef’s tasting menu, or shorter four course prix-fixe. One of his most famous dishes is a plate adorned with paper-thin slices of yellowtail, draped over a thin rectangle of foie gras.