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Eric Ripert might be the next chef to jump into the hours-long tasting menu game: Ripert tells Eater NY's Ryan Sutton that he's "very interested" in launching a 16-24 course tasting menu at his three-Michelin-starred NYC icon Le Bernardin, possibly sometime after the holiday season. According to Ripert — whose kitchen at Le Bernardin, at $155, serves the cheapest tasting menu of all NYC's three-starred restaurant — the potential tasting menu will be priced somewhere in the $240-$280 range. "It depends how small each course is, and I don't know if 24 courses makes sense," Ripert says, noting that he's inspired in part by the 30-course omakase at the critically beloved Brooklyn Fare. "Right now, it's just a thought, but I'm very interested in doing this."
Sutton writes that a long-menu launch by Le Bernardin would "represent a rare jump by an older, more established player, into the field of 14-30 course extravaganzas, which have traditionally enjoyed more popularity among younger American chefs." In the meantime, the Le Bernardin staff is prepping for the upcoming opening of next-door wine bar Aldo Sohm.