Dinner Photos: Le Bernardin

Photos from dinner on our final night in New York City. Big thanks to @NoReservations for the last-minute reservation and Chef @EricRipert for the amazing food. It was a meal we won’t forget for some time.

Menu created for the evening by Chef Ripert

We were taken on a tour of the kitchen prior to dinner. So many people working together to make it all happen. This was just one area (of several) that we visited.

First dish (not on menu) was a trio of bites. House smoked Salmon on the left, Lobster in the middle and a Celery Root soup with shaved Black Truffle.

Nebraska Wagyu Beef, Langoustine and Osetra Caviar Tartare. Black Pepper-Vodka Creme Fraiche, Pomme Gaufrette.
Wine Paring: Montlouis "Triple Zero" - Domaine de la Taille aux Loups NV

Charred Octopus "a la plancha"; Green Olive and Black Garlic Emulsion, Sundried Tomato Sauce Vierge
Wine Paring: Sauvingnon Blanc, "Winkl", Kellerei Terlan, Alto Adige, Italy 2010

Shellfish Medley; Yuzu Scented Custard, Smoked Bonito Broth
Wine Paring: Yuki no Bosha, Yamahai Jumai, Akita

Baked Cod; Artichoke "Barigoule", Perigord Truffle Butter
Wine Paring: Chassagne Montrachet, 1er Cru Chenevottes, Philippe Colin 2006

Food critic Alan Richman left some 1983 Chateau Margaux that we enjoyed with the next course.

Roasted Monkfish; Brussels Sprouts, Pata Negra Emulsion
Wine Paring: Pinot Noir, Barda, Patagonia, Argentina, 2010

Seville Orange Sorbet, Olive Oil and Basil
Wine Paring: Coteau de Layon, "Chaume", Chateau Siucherie, Loire 2007

Coconut-Rum Gelee, Roasted Pineapple Sorbet, Cilantro

Madagascan Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Mousse, Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Wine Paring: Passito de Pantelleria - Sangue d'Oro, Sicily, Carol Bouquet

Banana bread, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Mousse, Vietnamese Cinnamon Ice Cream

An assortment of small bites finished everything off. I can't even recall what they were. Will update if I can find out!

Dinner Photos: Dovetail NYC

Updated with photo captions

Here are a few photos from our dinner tonight at Dovetail NYC. I’m not a trained food photographer so I apologize in advance if these don’t do the chef justice. Everything was great. Marilyn’s only negative was the bathroom being downstairs, she was worried about people who have trouble going up and down stairs easily.

Marilyn Hagerty and Chef Alex Aparicio from Dovetail NYC

Grapefruit Panna Cotta With Cava Gelée, American Sturgeon Caviar & Citrus Mint

Whole Grain Crackers, White Cheddar Cornbread & Black Truffle Arincini

Oysters With Basil, Bacon & Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Cold Smoked Brook Trout With Maplehofe Buttermilk, Horseradish & Trout Roe

Rabbit & Foie Gras Terrine With Quince Mostarda, Romaine & Breakfast Radish

Brussels Sprouts Leaves With Pears, Manchego Cheese, Mangalica Ham & Pine Nuts

West Coast Dungeness Crab With Champagne Mango, Black Garlic & Ginger

Ricotta Gnudi With Butternut Squash & Winter Truffles

Turnip Ceviche With Cumin Lime Vinaigrette, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, Apricots & Cilantro

Cured Carrots With Chicken Feed & Soft Boiled Egg

Roasted Sirloin With Beef Cheek Lasagna, King Trumpet Mushrooms & Onions

House-Aged Lamb Saddle For Two With House-Cured Lamb Bacon, Charred Eggplant, Chickpeas, Curried Artichoke & Wild Field Garlic

Maine Sea Scallop & Lobster With Verjus, Celery Root & Scallions

Swordfish With Clam Chowder, Chorizo & Thyme

Halibut Confit With Beets, Pickled Juniper & Hollandaise

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie With Basil, Caramelized White Chocolate & Cassis

Apple Crepe Terrine With Pecans & Bourbon Brown Butter Ice Cream

Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé With Earl Grey Ice Cream

Assortment of Housemade Sorbet

EDIT: I’ll do my best to update these with exactly what the dishes are ASAP. Marilyn managed to get a menu from the chef and was taking notes through the entire thing.

Random day 2 photos

As previously mentioned, I was unable to take many photos during the Anderson Cooper shoot today. I did snap a few, but we’ll need to wait until Anderson’s crew gives me the OK to post them. It was great working with them, everybody was very nice and I managed to pick up a few production tips along the way.

The Freedom Tower at the WTC site in lower Manhattan.

Shake Shack (some shack) near Times Square. As soon as I started asking for food recommendations, several local NYC'ers told us Shake Shack was a must.

The line in front of Shake Shack took about 15 minutes. Quite impressive actually. I usually see a line and turn around and fine something else.

The "Shack Stack" consisting of a burger, huge mushrooms with cheese in the middle... deep fried. Marilyn enjoyed a regular hamburger.

S'Mores custard was the flavor of the day.

We pretty much had to take a photo outside of the Times Square Olive Garden. There is some facade construction going on so the place was kind of obscured by scaffolding and whatnot.

Video: Day 2 recap with Marilyn

After our journey through the wilds of Times Square I was able to sit with Marilyn again for a few minutes and she gave a quick recap of today’s activities.

I wasn’t able to take photos during the Anderson Cooper location shoot we filmed today, so I apologize for the lack of images. I will dump whatever I did manage to take in the next blog post (shortly).


NYC Update – Day 1

Well its been nothing short of a whirlwind getting into the city. After checking in, we were immediately sent to the New York Times building in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Marilyn was interviewed, photographed and filmed for a piece that should be showing up shortly on the NYT website. Street cart hot dogs were consumed and the overall verdict was quite positive. Here are some photos from the day so far. Look for more tonight after we dine at Dovetail NYC!

Marilyn has been recognized SEVERAL times already. First at the Minneapolis airport, then on the plane and finally on the streets of NYC! She taking it all in stride and enjoying the attention. Marilyn said she always dreamed of working at the New York Times and told several reporters how great it was that they “made it.” One writer told Marilyn that she was the one who actually “made it.!”

Exciting news for NYC!

Hi everybody. I’m Ryan and I’ll be with Marilyn documenting our journeys to NYC together. Follow me @lostincentralia for the latest photos and updates from the road.

Celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain managed to secure us reservations to Le Bernardin, a fantastic seafood restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Chef Eric Ripert has manned the helm since 1994.

From Wikipedia:

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.

Le Bernardin gained the superior ranking less than three months after opening in early 1986.

Very excited to taste the offerings at such a highly regarded eatery!