Le Bernardin (New York, NY) 
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
Dining date: 6/19/17
For a weekday lunch in midtown, I stopped into Eric Ripert’s flagship restaurant. This was my third time dining at the restaurant and second time for lunch.
The restaurant’s lounge offers a prix fixe menu of 3 courses for $55 with two options for each course. $5 of each purchase goes straight to City Harvest, a local organization that “rescues” excess food from local restaurants, grocery stores and farms and distributes this food to community programs to provide meals to underserved populations.
SEA SCALLOP Slivers of Sea Scallop; Shaved Fennel, Citrus Vinaigrette
CARROT SOUP Maine Lobster; Yuzu Foam
MERLUZA Sautéed Merluza; Pea Shoots, Shiitake Mushroom Broth
STRIPED BASS Baked Striped Bass; Sweet Potato, Sofrito Sauce
BANANA S’MORE Caramelized Banana, Warm Chocolate Cake, Smoked Meringue, Coquito Sauce
We had a good lunch – the City Harvest menu provided a lot of value. Both starters were strong but my favorite was the scallop. Thin slivers of the sweet muscle were bathed in a light citrus with crunchy shaved fennel making for some light and flavorful bites. The merluza was the favorite of the main courses, the rich fish and crispy skin paired up with an earthy broth. The banana s’more was a rather rich dessert with plenty of chocolate and banana flavors. I would come back for this lunch deal again.