NYC seafood restaurant tip from the US Open

My husband just handed me a slip of paper. I couldn’t read his writing, so he had to decipher it. But before he explained what he’d written, he divulged why he had recorded the information. Beaming, he proclaimed that he’d received a hot NYC seafood restaurant tip from “some foodie critic kind of person” at the US Open. Because she mentioned two restaurants that we had recently researched and visited–Les Halles…
and L’Ecole–he bestowed his culinary imprimatur on her.

In good faith, I pass along her/his tip:

For seafood that is deelish (but definitely, très cher), boost the economy at Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. [sidebar: I don’t know if he owns the restaurant or he’s “just” the Executive Chef.] Check out the prixe fix ($68) lunch menu at http://www.le-bernardin.com.*

After receiving this insider US Open NYC seafood restaurant tip, we have pledged to indulge our palates there during our next visit to NYC.** I picture us as a middle-aged version of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay–my marital heroes. After all, it won’t be long until we are officially a Darby and Jane couple.***

*On our last flight back from NYC, I saw a Delta Airlines shopping magazine’s advertisement for a little bank that tabulates your total as you deposit your change. At the time, I was tempted to spend about $30 on it. Now, I figure that I could save that $30 and come up with some equally clever way to save $38 more for my Le Bernardin lunch. I honestly don’t know how my husband plans to fund his meal.

**Jude Law is playing Hamlet, starting Sept. 12 until Dec. 6, at the Broadhurst Theater. It doesn’t get better than this.

***Darby and Joan: devoted old couple leading a quiet, uneventful life [from Wordsmith]

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