Not only is Le Bernardin one of only six restaurants that currently boast a four-star rating from the New York Times but it has also received that honor every time it’s been reviewed since opening in 1986. Under the direction of Eric Ripert, who has been the executive chef here for 18 years, the constantly evolving menu dives deeply into one thing: sustainable seafood, with the majority of dishes divided into three sections. Under Almost Raw, patrons have found thinly shaved geoduck clam capped with osetra caviar, and Barely Touched offerings have included baby sepia crusted with herbs and served with sweet pepper jam. When it comes to the Lightly Cooked main courses, Eric has prepared crispy black bass paired with a roasted-shishito-and-acorn-squash “ceviche." With 24 hours' notice, he may bake a whole red snapper with an herbes de provence crust, enough to serve two people or one well-mannered pelican.
Le Bernardin also offers nightly tasting menus, presenting whole tables with a collection of roughly seven or eight dishes matched with optional wine pairings. Those looking for a more modest, casual meal opt for a seat in the lounge, where craft cocktails pair with small plates such as tuna tartare or warm lobster en brioche. True to its mission of offering sustainable food, Le Bernardin's lounge also offers a three-course prix fixe lunch, with partial proceeds going to benefit City Harvest––a nonprofit dedicated to collecting surplus food from all aspects of the food industry and delivering it to those in need.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Over a plate of fresh Maine lobster that they brought back to the city themselves, husband-and-wife duo Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich wondered aloud, “Why doesn’t someone in New York start a fresh-seafood business?” Their destiny as restaurateurs was realized the moment those words were uttered: they opened Red Hook Lobster Pound a mere six months later. Gorham began traveling to Maine every weekend, scoping out catches and making deals with fisherman, choosing only those that partook in environmentally sustainable practices. Meanwhile, Povich experimented with recipes in order to add to an already lengthy repertoire of lobster-based recipes she learned while growing up in the Northeast. Word of mouth helped spark interest in their eatery, and before long, the demand compelled them to expand their storefront to include a picnic-style dining room. They’ve even added a food truck––nicknamed "Big Red"––that brings lobster-based dishes to diners across the city.
According to The New York Times, success has had little effect on Red Hook Lobster Pound’s menu: “It tastes as fresh as can be, which matters when you’re dealing with a trend that’s growing so fast.” Their lobster rolls—served on split-top buns and garnished with just enough homemade mayo—have been lauded by Zagat, Bloomberg News, and Gourmet.com. Other popular dishes include lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese, and a lobster dinner, served with homemade coleslaw, potato salad, and fresh, lake-caught corn.
At Pescatore, chef Kenneth Johnson and his team honor the deceptive simplicity of Italian cuisine's commitment to culinary fundamentals. The restaurant's menus showcase the importance of using a base of simple, vibrant ingredients, then adding flair and complexity. This is evident in dishes such as the eatery's ricotta appetizer, which is accented by chives, hazelnuts, clover honey, and mint, and its roasted red- and yellow-beet salad, dotted with pickled shallots and dressed with champagne-honey vinaigrette.
Competing on a National Stage
Whether he's cooking for a crowd of diners or competing on national television, Johnson uses basic techniques to craft delicious dishes. So, when faced with the daunting task of preparing a dessert using spiral ham, spiced rum, green plantains, and water chestnuts, he created a traditional streusel. Sticking to a straightforward dessert netted Johnson a first-place finish on the Food Network's Chopped?his second victory in as many appearances.
Key Ingredients at Pescatore
San Marzano tomatoes: Italy's most iconic heirloom tomatoes lend their refreshingly tangy, slightly sweet flavor to everything from the spaghettini's pomodoro sauce to the margherita pizzas.
House-cured pancetta: Standing in for traditional bacon, this tender sliced meat adds a Italian charm to an otherwise standard Black Angus burger.
Handmade pasta: The restaurant's freshly prepared strands of linguine and tubes of rigatoni demonstrate the importance of starting from scratch whenever possible.
Artichokes: Adding artichokes to a traditional pesto allows the sauce to complement the slight acidity of its lemon- and rosemary-tinged grilled chicken breast.
Nutella: The dessert pizza's crushed hazelnuts, bananas, and salted-caramel gelato balance out the chocolate-hazelnut spread's richness.
For casual American-style cuisine, burger-loving diners head to Templeton Landing.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Templeton Landing's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
The drink list at Templeton Landing has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Templeton Landing, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at Templeton Landing instead.
Eat outdoors Templeton Landing (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Templeton Landing, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Templeton Landing is come-as-you-are.
Throwing a big party? Count on Templeton Landing to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Templeton Landing's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Rochester's Black and Blue Steak and Crab features exceptional food and wine options.
There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
Black and Blue Steak and Crab's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Black and Blue Steak and Crab, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Black and Blue Steak and Crab.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Black and Blue Steak and Crab, known for its laid-back ambience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Black and Blue Steak and Crab for catering.
For an easy walk to the restaurant, diners can park in the neighboring lot where valet is also an option.
Black and Blue Steak and Crab's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Dive into new and innovative seafood dishes at Dolphin Restaurant.
Low-fat options are missing from the menu, so guests can leave their diets at home.
With Dolphin Restaurant's BYOB policy, you can create your own food and beverage pairing.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Dolphin Restaurant won't disappoint.
Dolphin Restaurant's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Dolphin Restaurant, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Dolphin Restaurant offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the restaurant's carry out and delivery options.
You can also have Dolphin Restaurant cater your next event.
At Dolphin Restaurant, you can find quick parking on the street, in a lot or take advantage of a nearby valet service.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Dolphin Restaurant.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Dolphin Restaurant.
Dolphin Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.