NYC: Le Bernardin
Le Bernardin, a French seafood restaurant, was originally opened in 1972 in Paris by Gilbert Le Coze and his sister Maguy Le Come under the name Les Moines de St. Bernardin and moved to its current location, at 155 West 51st Street, in 1986. Gilbert le Coze died of a heart attack in 1994 and was succeeded as head chef by Eric Ripert.
Le Bernardin received the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 1998, Outstanding Chef (Ripert) and Outstanding Wine Service in 2003, Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2007, Best Restaurant Design (Bentel & Bentel) in 2012 and Outstanding Restaurateur (le Coze) in 2013. The restaurant has earned its first four star review from the New York Times three months after opening, and has never dropped a star throughout five reviews, giving it a unique longevity in the New York landscape. After receiving its first Michelin star in Paris in 1976, and two more in 1980, Le Bernardin earned three stars in the inaugural New York Michelin Guide in 2005, a rating it held each year thereafter. It was recognized with the highest Zagat rating in New York City for 2011-2016. It has peaked at #2 on Las Liste's international list of best restaurants, and 17th on the San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list.