First of all, thanks to all of you for the suggestions several weeks ago. I settled (wrong word choice, perhaps!) for taking my dear friend to Le Bernardin for lunch.
I don't have the talent of many of you with food description (and no photos!), but I did want to relay what a spectacular time we had. We've been there before - we had the multicourse tasting with wine pairing there for my 40th birthday several years ago - so I knew the food would be grand. But what I didn't expect was how much I would enjoy the lunch experience, as I am much more of a dinner person.
It was very filling - more than what I expected for three courses, and the desserts were insane! I am not a dessert person per se, but really, these were works of art. I do wish they had more options in the half bottles of wine, but we were happy with what we had. Of course, the seafood was remarkable, with light, yet rich preparations (if that makes sense to any of you). Requests for suggestions were met with very helpful answers. My friend is more of a traditionalist, and I like to try new things, and we were both completely satisfied.
I'd be remiss not to mention the service, which was very attentive yet not overwhelming. We ended up closing the dining room, and at no point did we feel rushed. As wonderful as the food is, the service framed it in such a way that made it even better.
There are so many great restaurants in NY that I would like to go to, and others that I'd like to revisit, but I really can't wait to go back to Le Bernardin again.
Thanks again for the help. I hope that all of your dining experiences are as satisfying.
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