Le Bernardin is back in a big way, earning three Michelin stars and a near-perfect Zagat rating post-renovation. The biggest news of the restaurant revamp was the opening of the more casual lounge, where jackets are “encouraged but not required.” OK, so it’s not exactly Brooklyn-casual, but still, for Le Bernardin it counts as really letting your hair down. Now the lounge is opening for lunch, meaning Midtown office workers looking for something a little fancier than a $5 Footlong have a (relatively) casual place to pop in for your everyday, run-of-the-mill smoked salmon croque monsieur with Golden Osetra caviar without having to make reservations.
Also available in the lounge is the $70 prix-fixe lunch menu available in the main dining room. The first-come, first-served lunch lounge is open noon to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Smoked Organic Scottish Salmon with Traditional Garnish $18
Gin Cured Gravlox; Mustard/Dill Sauce $18
“Le Bernardin” Salmon Rillette with Toast $16
East Coast and West Coast Varieties$3.50/ea.
Peruvian Style Scallop Ceviche$18
Ultra Rare Seared Yellowfin Tuna BrochetteRoasted Eggplant Vinaigrette $16
Asian Tuna Tartare; Belgian Endive $18
Warm Lobster and Truffle “en Brioche”$19
Lobster Cappuccino; Celeriac Soup, Lobster Foam, Perigord Truffle $14
Kanpachi Tartare; Wasabi TobikoGinger/Coriander Emulsion $18
Iberico Ham, Toasted Bread with Tomato Jam $23
Organic Farm Raised Caviar
Golden OsetraServed with Blinis, Toast, and Crème Fraîche
5 gram spoon — $221 ounce — $130
Royal OsetraServed with Blinis, Toast, and Crème Fraîche
5 gram spoon — $241 ounce — $140
Imperial Golden OsetraServed with Blinis, Toast, and Crème Fraîche
5 gram spoon — $281 ounce — $155
Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur with Golden Osetra
Kumamoto Oyster Topped with Golden Osetra
Piece — $28
“The Egg”Milk Chocolate Pot de Crème, Caramel Foam, Maple Syrup, a Grain of Salt $12