Eric Ripert Knows How to Stay on Top

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"For a restaurant so determined to stay on top, keeping such a deep repertory and refreshing it so often would seem to be a risk. It is also, of course, one source of its enduring success. Le Bernardin’s four-star rating in The New York Times has been confirmed every time the restaurant has been assessed, from 1986, when it opened, through 2005, when Frank Bruni wrote its most recent review. Why wait to say it: today I fall in line, happily, with my predecessors." —Le Bernardin! This week Times critic Pete Wells says it's just as good as ever, and who could possibly disagree with that opinion? Go for the review, stay for the very lovely slideshow of dishes. [NYT]