French: Opened in 1986 by Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, this award-winning restaurant is a respite from the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park crowds in Manhattan's Midtown East. The menu focuses on seafood-centric, high-end French fare, all the work of the legendary, Antibes-born chef and co-owner Eric Ripert. The understated dining room is a study in beige, with white tablecloths gleaming in bright natural light from large, south-facing picture windows. The four-course, prix fixe dinner menu includes sauteed merluza with foie gras and turnips, classic Dover sole and "almost raw" first-course options like chilled Beausoleil oysters and wild striped bass tartare served with Champagne-mango reduction.
Best Restaurants: At Le Bernadin, world renowned Chef Eric Ripert creates simple and elegant French seafood dishes in an atmosphere of elegance designed by Bentel & Bentel. With a Michelin three star rating and the honor of being one of only six restaurants ever to earn a four star review in the New York Times, it is definitely where the Big Apple's Elite dine. It is also the highest Zagat rated restaurant in New York 2012 and Restaurant Magazine said, "[Is Le Bernadin] the World's Best Seafood Restaurant? Quite possibly." With sustainable seafood dishes like Kobe Beef and Lobster Surf n' Turf and laquered grouper with safrito broth, Le Bernadin might just be worth the price tag. TRAIN: B, D, F, Q to 47-50th St-Rockefeller Center
Seafood, Business Dinner, Midtown's Best Restaurants: Opened in 1986 by Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, this award-winning restaurant features a wide array of French seafood. Choices include such treats as the savory Chinese-spiced red snapper with crepes, crowned with an aged port and Jerez vinegar reduction; and the oestra-sprinkled Spanish mackerel tartare. Dining options include a three-course prix fixe menu and several tasting menus. You'll love the elegant surroundings accented by life-sized artwork portraying fish and fisherman. TRAIN: B, D, F, Q to 47-50th St-Rockefeller Center
French: "The restaurant's recent renovation includes a bright, welcoming front lounge, which provides a more casual setting for lunch, prix fixe and tasting menus."
Best for French Because: Celebrity chef Eric Ripert serves superlative seafood in an elegant, continually evolving Manhattan dining room.
Best Restaurants: "Try the tasting menus for a more complete variety of innovative delicacies."