Lincoln Ristorante
Lincoln Ristorante

Lincoln Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lincolnristorante.com/
  • Phone: 212-3596500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch

    Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

    Lunch

    Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 2pm

    Dinner
    *Starting March 16, we will be open at 5 pm every day.*

    Sunday: 5:30 - 9:30pm

    Monday - Saturday: 5:30 – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Benno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
  • Special Events: Our private dining room offers an intimate oasis, in the heart of Lincoln Center, for events accommodating 2 to 16 people.

    Chef Benno's exquisite cuisine will be served by a dedicated team who will take care of your guests' every need. Perfect for business or personal functions, Lincoln's private dining room features:

    -55" flat screen plasma TV for presentations, DVD and/or Blu-ray playback
    -WiFi access
    -Wireless phone conferencing
    -iPod hookup for custom audio playlists
    -Complete privacy
    -Custom menus

    To book your next event in our private dining room (2-16), East dining for medium-size gatherings, or the entire restaurant for full-scale celebrations for up to 175, please contact Yale Frederiksen at 212/3596513 or yfrederiksen@patinagroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Amsterdam and Broadway
  • Public Transit: Take 1 to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Northbound and southbound (via 65th Street): Entrance located between Broadway and Amsterdam 200 feet on the right and is open Mon – Sun. All other times use the 62nd Street entrance.
A word from Lincoln Ristorante
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. While our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool is exquisite, with panoramic views and a grass lawn roof, the heart of our restaurant is the central open kitchen.

The menu offers our take on traditional preparations ranging from spaghetti al pomodoro to vitello tonnato and simply grilled branzino. Antipasti coax rustic ingredients into dishes with deep, savory flavors. Desserts are beautiful renditions of Italy’s classics: light, lush and irresistible.

While reservations are recommended to ensure a table, walk-ins are welcome at our bar where the full menu is served. We are open seven days a week offering lunch, pre-theater, dinner and weekend brunch.

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Lincoln Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
484 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (295)fit for foodies (276)scenic view (184)romantic (173)neighborhood gem (170)notable wine list (156)great for outdoor dining (135)great for lunch (126)great for brunch (88)good for groups (50)late-night find (33)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • GarmentoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This rest is great in all areas - good for lunch or dinner. I love eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Diva
    diningdivaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I would definitely recommend Lincoln. A gorgeous setting overlooking Milstein Fountain. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The food was delicious and artfully prepared. Lovely atmosphere, perfect for special occasion too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost Its Luster
    gavdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A disappointing meal at a generally stellar restaurant. Service was off at our al fresco table on a recent summer night. At one point, my dinner guest said "I feel like we're invisible!" The kitchen also seemed to be off stride. From the three-course tasting menu, only the appetizer (poached tuna) was up to the reputation and price point of Lincoln. I hope this was an exception (and not a trend) to what has previously been an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful setting, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I agree with other reviewers that most tables afford a wonderful view, we had one right in front of the open kitchen (which is glassed in to afford views but keep the noise down). Lincoln center is gorgeous on a summer night. Food was wonderful, not 100% but very close, and great desserts. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great evening
    xoxo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and asked for a table outside Everything was excellent - we will go here whenever we can
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful spot
    sheppr
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For coziness and beauty, this place can't be beat. The staff is very sweet, too. The service can be a bit overbearing in fussiness and formality, which is not one of my preferred experiences. I want to relax and have good food; I don't need people trying to impress me or flatter me. After two separate dining experiences here, with a different menu each time, I have to say the food just doesn't live up to the ambiance. It's not bad ... it's just not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    swede
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    this was my third visit at the Lincoln Ristorante and I think the food is getting better and better... A great location with also outside seating option with the best Italian cuisine in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful !!
    circleofsteve
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Never fails for creative food in magical setting. Views of plaza a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    For who we are, our connection to Lincoln Center and history of work and play there, combined with the interesting, beautiful and delicious food, it was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    foodie85
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was good, and the restaurant had amazing ambience, especially since it was at night. The staff were very accommodating to our tight schedule as well. Overall, the experience was very good and we will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good neighborhood restaurant. Convenient to our apartment. Very attractive room with good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Subtle and Confident!
    Slimstrate
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the approach of the wait staff to the menu itself, subtle and confident describes this wonderful restaurant. Refined but not arrogant, the Lincoln is simply a wonderful and classy location with great ambience set among some of the world’s best venues for the performing arts. Little surprises during dinner such as a complimentary starter and a "sweet parting gift" at the end of the meal add to the allure. Highly recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JamieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was very much hit or miss, some dishes were very good while others were not nearly as successful. Fruit on plates was shockingly unripe! The desserts were entertaining but not in a positive way. Expected a fine dining restaurant with fine dining service, but service was more on par with a casual restaurant. Very much lacking.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great,creative Italian
    SixSigmaBBVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love this place. Artisanal cocktails unique and refreshing. 4 course $75 prix fixe, allowing full menu choices, feels like a steal. Freshest buffalo mozzarella, juiciest heirloom tomatoes, mint salsa were a divine appetizer. Pasta (and they have gluten free!) with sausage, smoked caciocavallo, and other treasures, was to-die-for. Fish entrée with seafood in broth, simple but still very good. Their take on "tartufo" is the piece de resistance. It should NEVER come off the menu! I can't adequately describe it. Chocolate hazelnut heaven, custard and cream under hot fudge poured at table with sliced sauced cherries on the side sounds so ineffective as description. I would almost kill for an order of it right now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Swissy
    Swissy747
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The service is good, but for a work meeting we were interrupted often and she would not wait for a pause in the discussion. They tried to take away our wine and our food before we were finished. But the food was good as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Outside at Lincoln Is Joyful
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lincoln is a must do restaurant on the plaza level of Lincoln Center to the sides of Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Opera. The inside rooms are handsome and spacious. Service is always gracious, thoughtful and efficient. Food is very good to excellent. In summer there also is outdoor dining overlooking the Henry Moore sculpture in the Milstein pool. There are no cars, hordes of people, cranky children in strollers. We enjoyed a relaxing Saturday lunch and plan to return at least twice more this season. The salumi, Mercado salad, striped bass and pasta with mushroom and pork ragu were memorable. We opted for dessert and devoured the white espresso and chocolate gelati and the fig sorbet. Summer weekends in NYC can be glorious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Johnny
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food and presentation in one of the most beautiful settings for eating in New York City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Diane
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were very rushed. They accepted our reservation time and then said they were in a hurry to close the kitchen
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    Rosemary
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious--cooked to perfection. The service was outstanding. Various staff members were friendly, helpful, efficient. They anticipated anything we might request and provided it without asking. They truly wanted this to be a special experience--and it was.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    gfdiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service was excellent. I'm a Celiac and they were very helpful in working around my gluten free requirements. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SJLG
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent restaurant week lunch, usual high standards of food and service. I have been many times to Lincoln and have never been disappointed. Great for lunch, dinner and pre theatre. Great value and professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointment
    srfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went for lunch during NYC Restaurant Week. We found a varied menu, good food, ok service and a wonderful view of Lincoln Center Plaza. You can't beat the location for convenience to any program at Lincoln Center. Our overall impression, however, was that it would be a poor value at full price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have eaten dinner a the Lincoln restaurant several times and always enjoyed it. However, my experience at lunch during restaurant week was disappointing to say the least. The first course of salumi was excessively fatty. My fish soup was fishy! And the creamy berry cake was dry. The service was lovely as was out outdoor table, and, except for a very noisy group sitting near us the sound level was comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JIJIVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed restaurant week's menu at dinner lunch. The food and service was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant - lovely ambience."Definitely will go back.Waitress was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've come here for restaurant week a few times and the food is always fantastic! You can't go wrong. The space is really pretty and relaxing and fancy without being too fancy. The service has always been amazing! Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Posh Without The Attitude
    OpenBook
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Walk into Lincoln and you feel comfortable, almost at home - you are greeted warmly by host and hostess at the door. You are led to a great table - I don't know of a bad one in the restaurant. Our view was of the pool in the plaza with the Henry Moore in the center. Stunning. Avery Fisher Hall to one side and The Met across the pool. This is why I love New York. Add Lincoln to that list of whys. Service is impeccable - but again, no attitude, no rush. The food - outstanding. We did a three course menu selection. My tuna was beautifully done. The lobster and shrimp ravioli were delicious. The Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad was served on a pesto base. The wine list is superb. The wines by the glass are well chosen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mm23
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The orecchiette was awful. Everything else was good and service was 5 star. But I ordered pasta at a nice Italian restaurant and it was terrible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was cold and mechanical..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great ambiance and great food.. however I felt like something important is missing.. All staff did a professional job but no welcoming environment. Over all, it was cold experience..
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  • outstanding
    JerseaphoVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went for lunch during restaurant week. Everything was outstanding and we will now make this a restaurant to frequent, especially if attending a performance at Lincoln Center. However, for us, it is also in our neighborhood and will be a destination in itself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and music
    afoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch after the Philharmonic We enjoyed sitting outside on a wonderful Friday afternoon had a spectacular salad And wonderful pasta. Pasta's here are original and very tasty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was disappointed
    LiketoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had read good things about this place and Jonathan Benno, but were disappointed when we came for the Restaurant Week lunch. The fresh breads of sesame and focaccia were the best of the lunch. Appetizers: the burrata was good, but the salumi selections were not good - one variety tasted like luncheon meat. Entrees: the rigatoni was good, the flounder itself was good - but the seafood broth was too fishy, the lamb shoulder was gamey. Dessert: overall disappointed and not impressed (the crème fraiche cake was better than the almond cake). Overall feel of the restaurant and the service was great. If I had to base the experience on the restaurant week food they served, I would not come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful setting. Lamb and llemon curd were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • italian lunch with friends
    vivian
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    the lamb shank was superb, the etna red was amazing, the service was spectacular and we all had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Restaurant Review
    bubblegum123
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was very delicious and I enjoyed it very well. I will definitely come back in the winter and will look forward to your new foods.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    DocKC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Really was surprised to find such a great meal in that area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    Debra
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I went to lunch here with two other people this week and overall we all thought the restaurant was wonderful. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the menu and helped us narrow down our choices. The food was delicious. My only criticism was that the "bread man" came to the table and offered a small piece of bread ( which was delicious ), but he never returned to ask if we wanted more. Our waiter never came back to ask how our main course was---he was not to be found--so we couldn't even ask him about the bread. This might seem like a small thing, but it really would have made the lunch more enjoyable. I would go back and try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    this was among the best restaurants I have ever been to in my many travels as a travel agent... felt at ease but loved beautiful décor and view of the vibrant plaza. food had inspiration and full flavors, perfect service from beginning to end... will look forward to returning....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Entree (lamb shoulder) is very bland. Desserts are nothing special. Expected much more from this restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We visited Lincoln on the recommendation of a friend and it fell short of his recommendations. It was our first time to the restaurant and we expected a little aid or recommendation from the waiter, he was unhelpful and held an air that we were unimportant. It felt as if they were busy enough so they did not need our business and he was not concerned with our enjoyment of the restaurant. The food was excellent but we've had better. We were hoping for an excellent meal matched with excellent service and the restaurant falls short of that.
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  • Still a great choice
    RestaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Dined on a quiet Sunday night. We were seated in a different area, not part of the main dining room but its was airy and pleasant. The food was top notch and the service attentive but not fussy. There was undue noise from the open kitchen but the good food and the ambience of Lincoln Center on a Sunday evening in the summer made it a great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.