Internationally Acclaimed Seafood Restaurant, Le Bernardin, Receives the New York Times’ Coveted Four-Stars

Maguy Le Coze & Chef Eric Ripert Earn Their Fourth Consecutive Four-Star Rating

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ — On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Le Bernardin has something better than a four-leaf clover for luck: for the fourth consecutive time it has earned the New York Times’ highest rating — four-stars — as announced in today’s paper by New York Times restaurant critic, Frank Bruni. The New York Times reviewed Le Bernardin in 1986, 1989, and 1995, awarding it their highest rating each time. Le Bernardin is currently one of only five New York Times’ four-star restaurants, and the only venue to maintain this superior status for this length of time without ever dropping a star.

The Zagat Survey 2005 New York City Restaurant Guide also ranked Le Bernardin as one of New York’s top restaurants and just a few months ago, Bon Appetit declared Ripert’s “Butter-Poached Lobster with Tarragon and Champagne” its “Dish of the Year.”

According to restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, “None of its peers have built legends so large and sturdy.” He references a meal at Le Bernardin as ” … sophisticated without being pretentious, multifaceted but not unduly fanciful.” Additionally, Bruni notes, “Now as before, it is a high church of reverently prepared fish.”

Le Bernardin remains at the forefront of New York dining, with a premier lineup of food, ambiance and service. Under the leadership of chef and co-owner Eric Ripert, just 29-years-old when he earned his first four-stars, and co-owner Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin continues to deliver the highest- quality ingredients, prepared simply and with respect.

Eric Ripert, recipient of the 2003 James Beard Outstanding Chef of the Year, commented, “Keeping four stars is infinitely more challenging than earning four stars. It’s really an honor to share this wonderful compliment with our staff.”

Ripert added, “I’ve recently traveled abroad to gather new inspiration for our menu, including trips to Brazil, Barbados, and an upcoming trip to Vietnam. I’m so excited about these very passionate culinary cultures and have some really exciting dishes planned to share with our guest in the months ahead.”

Maguy Le Coze, founder and co-owner of Le Bernardin, added, “When I started Le Bernardin with my brother and help of my parents nearly 20 years ago, I knew we were setting out do something wonderful as a family. Today, nearly 10 years since our last New York Times review, and since Eric took my late brother’s role in the kitchen, it warms my heart to see our Le Bernardin family continuing to share our love of food with our fellow New Yorkers — and the world.” Maguy recently redesigned the interior of Le Bernardin with warm, soothing tones and subtle lighting, including displaying several new paintings from her personal art collection.

Le Bernardin is located at 155 West 51st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. To learn more about Le Bernardin, visit www.Le-Bernardin.com or check out the Le Bernardin cookbook, Le Bernardin — Four-Star Simplicity. For reservations phone: (212) 554-1515.

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