Big news for Manhattan: Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert and co-owner Maguy Le Coze have announced plans to expand, The New York Post reports. Le Bernardin, the three star Michelin restaurant in New York City's midtown, is currently ranked #19 on the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list and has never expanded in its 27-year history. In the exclusive, Post critic Steve Cuozzo explains the expansion will include a new wine bar and a private dining room. The new locations will comprise two floors and 11,500 square feet in the skyscraper that is home to Le Bernardin.
The wine bar will be called Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, named for and run by Le Bernardin's sommelier Aldo Sohm. The bar will feature a 200-bottle list curated by Sohm, and Flo Fab reports at The New York Times that lunch and dinner will be served, with lunch featuring "a plat du jour with a glass of wine." Aldo Sohm Wine Bar will occupy the ground floor of the space.
The private dining space will be called Le Bernardin Privé. Taking the entire second floor of the space, the private room can accommodate 200 people. (Currently, Le Bernardin can have 80 dine privately at Les Salons). Ripert explains the decision to Cuozzo: "We have always had tremendous demand for private rooms."
No specific dates were given, but Cuozzo writes that Ripert and Le Coze are planning to open "early next year." Ripert is quoted in the Times saying, "We see this project as the completion of Le Bernardin."