When friend and photographer Lyn Hughes called inviting to me a literal last supper at Le Bernardin last weekend I didn’t hesitate. I also didn’t bother taking out my camera phone – when you’re with the court photographer it’s not only considered unseemly but redundant. Rather I relaxed – if you can call it that – over a leisurely orgasmic eight courses of Michelin three-star cuisine at its finest. Eric Ripert and Maguy la Coze’s seafood temple is shuttering for a summer renovation rumored to be costing in the neighborhood of a few million dollars – its first since bursting on the New York dining scene 25 years ago. (Not that you’dÂ guessÂ the old girl’s age fromÂ her perfectly pristine interiors) Here then a tasting menu of Lyn’s imagesÂ fromÂ our Last Supper to get you through the August drought. Â You can see plenty more of her food porn on the restaurant’s website, too. Or better still, book a SeptemberÂ table now and beat what’s sure to be an onslaught of old flames out to check if the collar still matches the cuffs
Fresh off a plane Chef Ripert neverthelessÂ made a point of greeting every table.
Progressive Tasting of Kumamoto Oyster â€œen gelÃ©eâ€; from Light and Refreshing to Complex and Spicy.
Seared Langoustine; MÃ¢che and Wild Mushroom Salad,Â Shaved Foie Gras, White Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Barely Cooked Wild Salmon; Asparagus “Risotto”, Smoked Pistachio Pesto.
Crispy Black Bass; Lup Cheong and Beansprout, Mini Pork Buns, Hoisin – Plum Jus.
Toasting the end of just another night’sÂ serviceÂ – and a month-long vacation.
The morning after: let the demolition begin.