Best Way to Go to a Four-Star Restaurant for Cheap and Charity - 2013
Le Bernardin is one of those monuments to fine dining that seems impervious to trends and recessions. For the rest of us who are influenced by ebbs and flows and economics, there's still a way to get in the four-star doors without spending the better part of a paycheck. On weekdays, the restaurant generously offers a $45 three-course lunch in the lounge. The menu changes weekly, showcasing chef Eric Ripert's deft touch with fish via dishes like codfish with ginger and scallion in a mushroom broth or tuna tartare studded with endive. Better yet, $5 of that comparatively paltry sum is donated to City Harvest, which rescues excess food from restaurants to deliver to the hungry (including leftovers from Le Bernardin's kitchen).