Lincoln Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer our interpretation of modern Italian cuisine in New York at Lincoln Center. Our philosophy is simple: to source the best local ingredients and prepare them with authentic Italian methods and spirit. Our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and the Henry Moore sculpture is exquisite, with panoramic views of the campus.

The cuisine at Lincoln Ristorante blends precise technique with the ingredients and comforting feel of an Italian kitchen. We rely on local farmers and purveyors along with weekly visits to our neighborhood Tucker Square Green Market, while importing the essential items (Parmigiano Reggiano, San Marzano tomatoes) from Italy that are irreplaceable.

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SC
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lincoln has extended Restaurant Week menu until end of February. Offered a delicious lunch with reasonable wine options. Service was great.

MB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I had the 2course price fixe menu—all four items were delicious. We found the quantities a bit large, however, and the menu lacked some of the lovely salad offerings we’ve enjoyed in previous visits. The menu seemed a bit heavier in general, but that may be a choice for the colder winter weather.

o
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant - and would be even if it did not have the added feature of being part of Lincoln Center. The service is perfect and the food is exceptional! I have recommended it to many and have been there often. No-one is ever disappointed.

SB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was especially disappointing but service and ambiance were very good. However, since I go for the food I probably won’t return. I’ve dined at Lincoln at least a dozen times and the food has become rather ordinary.

WG
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times for dinner. Always a favorite when we attend performances at Lincoln Center. This time we took advantage of the 2 course brunch. White bean soup was delicious, not thick. The spaghetti carbonara was out of this world. Paired with wine it was a spectacular afternoon meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience treated very well, pretty good food. Appetizers outshined the main but well done overall.

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My appetizer of 5-minute egg over polenta with a garnish of brussel sprouts and Italian charcuterie was absolutely outstanding--a really imaginative combination of ingredients. My spaghetti carbonara was very tasty, especially with the fresh pasta. The dish, however, was not made in the traditional fashion, since cream was added to make the sauce smooth. I sympathize, since simple as the dish seems, it is very hard to combine the traditional ingredients without making lumps or "scrambling" the eggs. The dessert of blueberry crostata (something of a misnomer since the word doesn't apply to a cake) was just so-so. All in all, however, a very satisfying meal. In enjoyed the Sicilian chardonnay.

p
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a wonderful experience at Lincoln Ristorante at a pre-show dinner. Service was kind, helpful, and unobtrusive. They paid careful attention to allergies and preferences. The ambiance was comfortable and it was easy to have a conversation. The meal was delicious - we all enjoyed different dishes from the prix fixe pre-show menu. We were also celebrating my grandmother's birthday, and they made her dessert a special surprise. On our way out, she asked that we come back again and we all shared the sentiment!

AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in Manhattan! The duck bolognese is the best! Amazing service too!

ER
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall1food5service3ambience5

I have been a frequent diner at Lincoln over the years. The food is wonderful, but the last experience has me wondering whether I will return. I arrived at 5:30 since I had a 7:30 curtain. The waiter asked several times when our curtain was and we were explicit. The meal, although slow was pleasant, UNTIL IT CAME TIME FOR DESERT. It was ordered at around 6:50 with plenty of time we thought to have it before we needed to leave. Our coffees came around 7:05 and we were told the dessert was on its way. WE STORMED OUT AFTER PAYING THE BILL AT 7:15 TO WATCH OUR DESSERTS BEING DELIVERED TO OUR TABLE. I could not contain my HUSBAND outbursts on how outrageous the SERVICE had been. THIS CAN BE THE RUINATION OF A GOOD RESTAURANT BUT OF AN EXPENSIVE ONE IT CAN BE DEATH....It will a very long time before we return....there are plenty of other places in the neighborhood that know how to deal with theatre ties....like BOULUD SUD, etc....

ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We’ve been many times and it’s been our go to for special occasions for the past eight years in the neighborhood. . We were disappointed the last time we went, but gave it the benefit of the doubt. Service was horrendous on a relative basis. The wait time between courses had us looking for servers. The sommelier was non-existent. The food is still very good, but the portions have become too large to be enjoyable. Unfortunately we’ll now be looking for a new go to. For what it’s worth, this is probably our first ever Open Table review, which is telling.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation was gorgeous for the cod! - and my friend said as good as it looked.
My entree was pasta which was delicious and a little unusual.
The raw fish appetizer also was beautiful, different, and tasted marvelous.
It’s nice yo get a little amuse bouche first.
And dessert was yummy too.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived fifteen minutes prior to our reservation time and were told our table wouldn’t be ready until the actual reservation time. Once seated, the dining room was only 1/4 full with several two tops open so it was strange to be made to wait to be seated. It almost seemed like they were trying to create an appearance of demand that wasn’t there. We were presented with menus, but one that was for lunch so it had to be switched out. Food options were nice. I had the pesto and truffle pasta and the beef. My boyfriend had the orchiette with lamb bacon and the beef. The pastas were very tasty and a bit heavy. The beef was average. It was nice to have the option for a nice glass of red that they serve via Coravina. I didn’t order dessert while my boyfriend had trio of gelato. They presented me with pistachio gelato so I wouldn’t feel left out. Nice touch and was delicious. For the cost it was an ok meal. Not sure I’d rush to come back but a nice option if you’re dining pre theater in that area.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Great food. Great location for a show at Lincoln Center. Service excellent. Expensive but you get what you pay for.

B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lincoln is consistently outstanding: delicious food, excellent service, very welcoming.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lincoln: a paragon of principle and a damn fine restaurant!
A top-rated choice; supremely urban, supremely comfortable chic environment with glass walls, contemporary appurtenances and top-notch food.

JN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service attentive, the seating comfortable and the space gorgeous. I'll be back.

GB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal very much indeed. Service was extraordinary, starting from being asked about any food sensitivities in detail. We have some, so being offered gluten free breads to start got us off happily. Our server was very knowledgable, and helped us select two wines that were excellent, the Ippolito Pecorello from Calabria for example. The salads, then branzino and cod main courses were beautifully presented and delicious. Finishing off with sorbet, especially the cherry flavor, capped a perfect meal. We headed to the opera at the Met, stopping to compliment the chef on the way, after enjoying three hours of fine dining at a level we had not experienced for a very long time. Bravi!

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

D
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. It is quiet and upscale without being stuffy, and there is a good amount of space between tables. Experienced excellent service and outstanding food. The house wine pairing was surprisingly good, and a very good value.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Never disappointed! Very polite and informative service. Food is always delicious and freshly prepared. I will return again and again.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, good service, a lovely environment for pre-theater or special event. A bit on the expensive side and the prix fixe set-up doesn't lend itself to flexibility/options, but overall...a good restaurant if you feel like a true "dining out" experience.

TM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service and very friendly staff from the manager on down. The view of Lincoln center plaza was nice and the ambience of the restaurant created a very delightful setting. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

DD
New York Area
213 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative cuisine, solicitous but not obtrusive service, exquisite ambience. The prix fixe meal, even only two courses, could be a little heavy before or after an evening performance, but it is the ideal cap-off to a matinée. Expensive but worth it for a special treat, especially a romantic one.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were terrific.

VG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Didn't like the server-was very patronizing towards us.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wine spritzer overpriced. Food for Restaurant week lunch varied in quality.

NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a Restaurant Week Lunch at Lincoln last week. The food is always refined, yet accessible, and the ambiance is modern luxury with a comfortable feeling. The Lincoln Center Plaza location doesn't hurt as well.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a short window for lunch, and out waiter was wonderful, rushed our food, and made sure our check came as soon as the table was cleared. The atmosphere is great, everyone very friendly and accommodating. We had a restaurant week lunch so the price was right. My bean soup was delicious, and my friend loved her appetizer as well. We both had spaghetti carbonara, and here is our only complaint-- on the salty side. We will definitely give it another try.

N
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the Restaurant Week lunch, and everything was excellent, including, of course, the price. Note: The restaurant is quite accommodating to vegetarians. None of the options on the Restaurant Week menu were vegetarian, but the two that I ordered were both modified for me without any fuss. (Not strictly vegan, but lacto-vegetarian.)

R
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I wanted to really like this restaurant. The room is pretty and a good noise level for talking. But it was also half full on a Thursday night. Not a great sign. Then I think I discovered why this may be the case. The food was very substandard. The steak came out tough and overcooked, the fish was overcooked as well, the sauce boring, the pasta while fresh and al dente had a very pedestrian sauce. I had just been at another restaurant, a very good restaurant in Union Square and they are also a name restaurant and the food was far superior. It’s a pretty location in between the theater and the opera house but I don’t think it’ll last long, unfortunately. Service was very attentive overall but a little uptight and a lot of it went to correct mistakes that were irreparable from the perspective of timing

L
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant week lunch. Soup, salad bread, artic char were all delicious. The surprise dessert was extraordinary!

EV
New York Area
311 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant week lunch - and the service was attentive and friendly. We lingered for almost two hours, and they seemed perfectly content to let us stay as long as we wanted. We will definitely go back

BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Plus at night, the lights make the setting special. Go hungry!

P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Celebrating 2 family birthdays after the opera

EY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Confusion as to restaurant week. Management said it only offered it for lunch not dinner. I felt the dining area was extremely dark. Difficult to read menu without cell phone flashlight camera. Service was excellent and food was very good

JL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Arrived a little late, the restaurant was very busy but we were accommodated without a problem. Service was great. Food was excellent.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We liked the food as always. Yet this time, no one checked on us whether the food was good or if we need anything else during the dining. It was not like the place was full and they were too busy. Will visit again, but I expect better services next time.

JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Lincoln Ristorante. We were warmly greeted as always. Service and food are top notch every time we eat there. Upscale but not pretentious, very lovely and comfortable environment. Completely enjoyable.

F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we felt like VIPs. The table was outstanding..overlooking the chef and his team. The food and wine was amazing. We were celebrating a birthday and they made my husband feel very special. The service was impeccable. We have been to top restaurants around the world and now live in nyc. This is our new favorite. We will be back.

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