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WATCH: Flames Erupt Across the Street from Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert Evacuates for Safety

GAH! Check out this scary fire erupting out of a sewer and/or a subway grate and/or the ground across the street from Le Bernardin, and in front of Cafe Duke.

Eric Ripert evacuated the restaurant a few minutes ago for safety purposes, and posted a followup video with fire crews inspecting the situation:

Shout out to those prep cooks in the paper hats on this balmy 40 degree afternoon. All the better for everyone to get home to their beds before tonight’s deep freeze sets in.

UPDATE (3:02pm ET): This is what a post-apocalyptic Le Bernardin might look like.

And the fire seems to be under control.

Le Bernardin will reopen for tonight’s dinner service. Sorry, prep cooks.

UPDATE #2 (4:20 ET): Just kidding/good news again, prep cooks. The fire rages on. Tonight’s dinner service is canceled.

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