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Dining doesn't get much more "blissful" than at this "sublime" Midtown French seafooder via Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, a near "religious experience" where "exquisite" meals, "meticulous" service and an "impressive", revamped room have again earned it Top Food and Most Popular honors in NYC; granted, the tabs are equally "extraordinary" – the prix fixe–only dinners start at $135 – but then again, it's "fabulous in every way"; P.S. the no-reserving lounge offers nibbles, and now there's Aldo Sohm, a adjacent wine bar serving small plates, cheese and charcuterie.
You will recognize charming French chef Eric Ripert, who often makes the rounds to greet patrons in his dining room, from his appearances as a guest judge on Top Chef or palling around with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. Off camera, Ripert and his team at this midtown splurge create deceptively simple dishes with the freshest fish money can buy, from an East-meets-West hamachi sashimi lightly dressed with black garlic ponzu to a truffle-poached halibut straight out of Provence. More adventurous eaters will appreciate Ripert's ability to take seafood and use it in an unexpected way, such as a nearly raw shaved geoduck clam with caviar and wasabi-citrus mousseline. And never fear if you prefer turf over surf, non-fish selections such as beef short-ribs and poultry dishes are available upon request. The restaurant itself reopened in 2011 after a major renovation to the dining room, which still attracts celebrating couples and executives impressing important clients. The renovation also included a more casual lounge, serving lobster rolls and oysters at prices that, while not exactly cheap, are well below the $127 prix-fixe menu in the main dining room.
1 to 50th St.; B, D, E to 7th Ave.; N, Q, R to 57th St.–7th Ave.
What to tell a cabbie
Take me to 51st St. between 6th and 7th.
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