Le Bernardin

Coordinates: 40°45′41″N 73°58′54″W / 40.76139°N 73.98167°W / 40.76139; -73.98167
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Le Bernardin
table-height view of white tablecloths, windows at right, empty glassware, dark with warm lighting
The interior of Le Bernardin in Midtown Manhattan
Restaurant information
Established1986; 37 years ago (1986) (New York location)
Previous owner(s)Gilbert Le Coze
Head chefÉric Ripert and Eric Gestel
Food typeFrench cuisine, seafood
Rating3 Michelin stars (Michelin Guide)
Street address155 West 51st Street
Midtown Manhattan
New York, NY 10019
Coordinates40°45′41″N 73°58′54″W / 40.76139°N 73.98167°W / 40.76139; -73.98167
Other locationsParis (until 1986)

Midtown Le Bernardin is a French seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.[1] Gilbert Le Coze and his sister Maguy Le Coze started the restaurant in Paris in 1972, where it was called Les Moines de St. Bernardin. They restarted the restaurant in New York in 1986, not long after receiving a third Michelin star.[2]

Gilbert le Coze died of a heart attack in 1994, and Éric Ripert succeeded him as chef de cuisine.

Signature dishes include kindai maguro (farmed Pacific bluefin tuna) and wagyu beef. In 2016, investigative journalists from the U.S. news program Inside Edition found that Le Bernardin, among other restaurants, was falsely marketing their beef as Kobe beef.[3] After the report, the restaurant reworded their menu to read wagyu beef.[4]

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2009, Le Bernardin ranked 15th in "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" published by Restaurant magazine. The list is compiled by polling chefs, restaurateurs, food critics, and gourmands.

Le Bernardin is one of seven restaurants in New York with three Michelin stars.[5] It has maintained a four-star rating from The New York Times since 1986.[6][7]

Zagat rates Le Bernardin among the best restaurants in New York.[8] In Zagat's annual survey of restaurant patrons, Le Bernardin received the most votes of any restaurant in the city during the years 2009 to 2012. The ratings are published in a guide for the following year. In 2012, 44,306 restaurant patrons participated in the survey, and the ratings were summarized in the 2013 New York City Restaurants guide.[9][10]

In 2017, Le Bernardin ranked second on La Liste, a privately published[11] list of the top 1,000 restaurants in the world.[12] In 2018, La Liste ranked Le Bernardin number one in the world.[13]


  • Le Bernardin Cookbook: Four-Star Simplicity (1998)
  • A Return to Cooking (2002)
  • On the Line (2008)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us". le-bernardin.com. Le Bernardin. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Begelman, Yanna (October 24, 2017). "Le Bernardin New York: Simply Irresistible". The Hedonist. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "3-Star Michelin Restaurant Changes Menu After Investigation Finds Its Kobe Beef Is a Different Meat". InsideEdition.com. April 28, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Olmsted, Larry (July 2016). "The Best (and Worst) of Times for Japanese Wagyu Beef in the US". Serious Eats.
  5. ^ "NYC Michelin Guide 2011". Michelinguide.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Bruni, Frank (March 16, 2005). "Only the Four Stars Remain Constant". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Wells, Pete (February 8, 2023). "Restaurant Review: Le Bernardin Holds On to Its Craft (and Its Four Stars): Eric Ripert and his team have emerged from the pandemic still carrying the flag for French technique, exquisitely handled seafood and pure pleasure". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  8. ^ "Le Bernardin | Manhattan | Restaurant Menus and Reviews". Zagat. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "The 10 Best Restaurants in New York City". Zagat Blog. Zagat. October 2, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Mulcahy, James. "2013 New York City Restaurants Survey Results Are Live!". Zagat Blog. Zagat. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "La Liste Legal". La Liste. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "La Liste 1000 world's best restaurants". laliste.com.
  13. ^ "Chef Ripert wins No. 1 restaurant title, talks about close friend Anthony Bourdain". Newsweek. December 4, 2018.

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