Living in California, Le Bernardin is one of those places that my wife and I *MUST* visit when we come to New York . . . if at all possible! This is, IIRC, the fourth time we have eaten dinner here, and it remains -- for us -- at the top of great restaurants in America. I can't say it any more clearly than that.
We've done the Chef's Tasting Menu in the past, but this time the four of us opted to do the four-course meal, choosing our own and thus being able to share more dishes.
Highlights from the meal included the amuse bouche with its smoked oyster in the shell; the warm octopus “carpaccio” with leek compote and Peruvian anticucho sauce; the langoustine with truffle; lacquered lobster tail with lemongrass consommé; the white tuna and Waygu beef; and the pan roasted lobster with baby leeks, sunchoke purée, and a red wine “Sauce Américaine."
The extensive wine list has something for everyone, and while much of the list has prices in the stratosphere, there are deals to be had if one looks carefully.
Fortunately I don't live in New York, as I'd probably eat here as often as I could, and let my kids pay for college themselves!