No. 1: Le Bernardin
Reservations: If you’re planning on eating at Le Bernardin on the weekend, it’s best to snatch your spot on the first business day of that month, when reservations become available both through the phone or OpenTable. Thankfully, weekdays are less hectic and don’t require as much advanced planning; you can usually score a table with less fuss. Keep in mind, though, that reservations aren’t accepted for the lounge.
Dining Options: If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper route, during lunch there’s a three-course prix fixe for $75. Dinner options include a four-courser for $130, or if the entire table’s up for a tasting menu, there’s one for $150 per person ($241 if you want wine pairings) or a more extravagant “Chef’s Tasting” for $195 (with wine, it’s a whopping $333).
Best Value: The $45 City Harvest Lunch gets you an amazing meal in the lounge with the same amount of courses as the regular prix fixe lunch available in the dining room, but for $30 less. Plus, $5 of each meal goes toward charity.
Insider Tip: If you have eaten here before and still dream about a specific dish from a past menu, let the restaurant know at least 24 hours in advance, and they might be able to recreate it just for you.
Details: 155 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1515