Le Bernardin is a wonderful and special dining experience. The atmosphere is tranquil and open. Wooden walls and ceilings are accented with large white flowers in tall vases and large mural size paintings of the ocean. The interior is not fussy or flashy. It's classic simplicity helps to accentuate what is most important here: the food. Eric Ripert has created a true dining experience. You do not rush in and out. You sit and explore a culinary vision. The tasting menus are worth the price and length of time to consume them. Do the Chef's menu. The Le Bernardin menu is great, but you will be given surprises with the Chef's.
Take your time and listen to each explanation from the staff. They care about the service and food more than you know. The seafood focused food is exceptional. The service is beyond attentive. The drinks are unique and hand crafted. The wine menu is top-notch, and if you do the pairing with the tasting menus, you cannot go wrong.
Now my second experience, I cannot stress how impressed I am with this establishment . I had my first dinner early in the day and most recent at an 11pm reservation after a Broadway show. Both times, I was given the same level of attentive professionalism that is often lacking in many restaurants. Take the time to get a reservation at Le Bernardin and spend a few hours - you won't regret it.