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New York City: Le Bernardin
Eric Ripert’s temple to seafood has been wowing diners since it opened in 1986, and it’s easy to see why: Gorgeous atmosphere, impeccable service and dishes that are as flavorful as they are beautiful—seared langoustine with shaved foie gras and tagliolini with caviar and sea urchin were featured on a recent tasting menu. But Le Bernardin (named after an order of monks that liked to eat, drink and be merry) isn’t so serene that you can’t celebrate properly: after a certain hour, the volume in the room goes considerably higher and the sophisticated patrons start to have more and more in common with the restaurant’s namesake.
COST: Tasting menus are $115 - $190 per person plus drinks, tax, and tip.