New York City is a tough market for restaurants. After all, some of the greatest establishments in the country have their residence there, so competition is stiff. And when we say competition, there’s no bigger than Zagat.
If you haven’t heard of it, Zagat is a well respected way to collect restaurant ratings on a large scale. Topping this prestigious list (especially in New York because it started there, by the way) is impressive, and topping it two years running is even more impressive, but that’s exactly what Le Bernardin has done.
Le Bernardin opened its doors to New Yorkers in 1986 and has quite the decorated history. Three Michelin Stars, tons of great reviews from world renowned food critics, James Beard Awards and more make this a dining experience that you won’t ever forget. Not to mention that in addition to being named most popular restaurant and best establishment for food and service two years in a row, they’ve also been rated “best food” by the survey for 10 of the last 12 years.
This year’s Zagat survey included votes from 30,961 respondents. That may seem like a ton of input, but it shows a 9% drop from last year. Despite the downward trend, winning top honors in a survey of almost thirty-one thousand folks in a city that thrives on fine dining is still a huge accomplishment and speaks volumes for the kind of dining experience you’ll get if you visit Le Bernardin.