Le Bernardin is a Michelin Guide three star, Zagat-rated seafood restaurant in New York City. It was started in 1972 in Paris by Gilbert and Maguy le Coze and moved to New York in 1986. Gilbert le Coze died of a heart attack in 1994, and Eric Ripert succeeded him as the head chef. Signature dishes include kindai maguro (sustainably raised Japanese bluefin tuna), Kobe beef and escolar. Desserts by pastry chef Michael Laiskonis include chocolate dusted with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Chef Ripert has gone on to open Philadelphia's 10 Arts and Westend Bistro in Washington D.C. In 2009, Le Bernardin was voted 11th best restaurant in the world in the Restaurant magazine Top 50. Le Bernardin is one of only seven restaurants in New York awarded three Michelin stars, and is the restaurant which has held four stars from The New York Times for the longest period of time, having earned the ranking in early 1986. James Beard Foundation Awards Gayot Top 40 Restaurants in the US.
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