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Lincoln Ristorante
Lincoln Ristorante

Lincoln Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lincolnristorante.com/
  • Phone: (212) 359-6500
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Met a friend who was visiting for work. He needed a break and this turned out to be a great choice. The environment was a very modern, yet relaxing dining space. We could sat outside, but it was a little too warm for us. Did the prix fixe. It's good deal as long as they have a dessert you really want. I'm a chocoholic, so the desserts did n't do much for me. Definitely would go back. We had an 8pm reservation, which meant the performing arts crowd was gone, so not as noisy or crazy busy as it probably is a little earlier."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have been here before and liked it. They do an inventive job and do not present the normal Italian Fare. The special regional specialties are always interesting. Service is friendly and above average."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Exceptional wine list and food. The service and special attention to detail; to specific dietary needs is the best in New York City. Many wonderful servers here but Dave is the best."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "From the fresh insalata to the flavorful seafood zuppa, this restaurant gets it right on all the Italian notes, including the wine list. Staff is efficient, unobtrusive and willing to offer useful suggestions as in replacing a mildly oaked Saivignon Blanc with one that had a more mineral balance and complemented the zuppa much better. The cheese plate for desert with the apricot mustard was a pleasant highlight along with a smooth glass of Dindarello. Kudos to Chef Jonathan Benno. I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We live on the premises of Lincoln Center but have never been to Lincoln. With tickets to the Bolshoi we decided to try it and we are so glad we did. The service, the surroundings and above all the food were the best. I can't recommend Lincoln too highly. A visit to New York would not Nobel complete without a trip to Lincoln. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Always go for the prix fixe! All the food is great. Salads are fantastic and the pasta is always amazing! Food is consistently great. A nice treat for after theater."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Incredable salumi appetizer and hand cut spaghetti ala chitarra, and followed by a cassata to die for."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Have eaten here frequently and this Sunday brunch was (as expected) excellent. Staff are professional, attentive without hovering, knowledgeable. Food and drinks prepared with care. Quiet dining room--a rarity nowadays!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went for brunch on a summer Sunday. Beautiful in every way, from the attentive, dignified service, to the wonderful quiet afforded by low, unobtrusive jazz playing in the background, to the views out onto the Lincoln Center campus, to the color palette of the restaurant design. Outstanding in every way and I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the place. Quiet, nice, large terrasse... But unfortunately the service was at first extremely formal and to finish a bit rude. They forgot to bring one of our dessert and when we asked for it (one of our guest had already finished his dessert), they said they knew and where about to bring it. A few minutes later we decided to cancel the missing dessert and the lady explained in an extremely strong manner they would bring it anyway ... she turned back and sighed"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Chef Adam is a culinary genius and the service was amazing. Very romantic setting and great location. Favorite items: Burrata E Lampascioni (mint salsa verde was incredible), Bistecca, and white espresso gelato. We tried 3 pastas and decided you can't really go wrong no matter the selection. Overall great experience and best meal of the trip."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Located conveniently off the square at Lincoln Center near the arts centers and across the street from Juilliard, we found the glass-walled restaurant excellent and accommodating. I opted for the tuna salad appetizer, a big eye tuna main dish, an eggplant, and squash parmigiana side, and for dessert had the Cassata Sicliana, a wonderful gelato and sorbet 'cake' that I highly recommend. My wife had the Sicilian lettuce salad and the gnudi main course, but skipped dessert. My wife spied an Aperol mixed drink, one of her favorites, and the hostess noting this recommended the Cappelletti Specialino Aperitivo, while I had the Manhattan. All in all, it was a wonderful meal with excellent service in a relaxed environment."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant in an extremely convenient place for access to Lincoln Center, but it is quite pricey."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great Lincoln Center location featuring well spaced tables: a good place to dine and converse without having to raise your voice! Features a concise menu, although some items had flavors which could be more delicate, e.g., the saffron in the Zuppa alla Tarantina, the tomato reduction under the Branzino cotto All'Olio, the lemon in the greens under the Poletto al Mattone. Overall dishes were nicely plated and the many fresh vegetables used were particularly noteworthy and welcome. Also, a well rounded wine list."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Once again, Lincoln proved to be an elegant, highly civilized, and sensual experience. The basil under the ricotta cheese cake was a memorable touch. It's not the restaurant's fault, but the screaming toddler near us did disturb; still, the circular banquette, which the restaurant was kind enough to give us, served as an effective buffer."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Finally tried Lincoln and found it great. Informed attentive service, original delicious light food, great space with beautiful night views out over Lincoln Center, somewhat dull crowd (but at the prices I guess that might be expected). Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Absolutely one of our very favorite restaurants in the city. The ambience, the food and the service are truly outstanding. It is the BEST of the Lincoln Center area restaurants BY A MILE."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "All the food service at Lincoln Center has improved dramatically in recent years and this is the flagship. A good wine list if a bit pricey."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had the mozzarella with tomoato and hyacinth. The waiter really needs to warn you that the sauce on the hyacinth is HOT! The outdoor seating is amazing though. It's a quiet respite, off the street, and well shaded for hot summer days."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful staff. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Good place to eat if you're attending an event at Lincoln Center. Beautiful modern architecture and interior design. Food is excellent and pricey (to be expected given its location)."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great prix fixe menu, wonderful selections. Attentive and congenial service. Definitely not just for dinner before a Lincoln Center event."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Pros; Location; Gorgeous! Building: Beautiful, sleek, clean and unique. Service: Friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable. Dessert: Best cheesecake I've ever had, and plated perfectly with delicious fresh mini strawberries. Also loved the chocolate hazelnut gelato. Table: Fun "people watching" thru the spotless walls of glass. The chairs are very comfortable and they spin. I will defiantly return. Cons; Tables: Way too close together... so much so we had conversations with both parties on either side of us. Entrée: Reginette Verdi al Rag'u Bolognese, too heavy, bland, not enough sauce, pasta too thick, as a small side dish I may have enjoyed it more. I miss a white tablecloth at dinner."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My son (23 years old) and I had a wonderful time at the Lincoln. It was uncluttered, modern and relaxing. The tables were quite close, but they were set so that it never felt crowded. It was a summer evening, so I watched the children playing in the water pools at Lincoln Center, while my son watched the open kitchen. I loved the assorted mushrooms, and his favorite was the lobster pasta. We loved both the cheesecake and the sorbet for dessert. The service was wonderful. The location could not have been more perfect as we were headed to the ballet."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere, but food was terrible. Too salty and chicken was not cooked well. Waiter didn't ask for us if we wanted another bottle of water...we didn't want the second bottle at all, but he opened without asking. They charged 2 bottles of water. Coffee didn't taste good! At least We wanted to drink a good cup of coffee. This restaurant bring my tensions down. Love the architect who design the restaurant. Please change the chef!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We've had drinks at the bar prior to trying dinner here, prosecco with a choice of additions to customize it is very nice! Dinner here was a disappointment, the waitstaff acted very rushed and pressured all times while at the table…even starting to talk/address us on their approach to the table. With the exception of the sommelier and the host that greeted and sat us, the remainder of the staff needs more training. Very informal and not at all what is expected at a restaurant as nice as this. It was a late dinner (9:30) on a Saturday night so it was not full. The service very much impacted the experience of dining here. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the location is perfect if at Lincoln Center. I suggest The Modern instead."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Not at all an inexpensive meal, but the food was excellent, the service attentive, and the atmosphere comfortable. I'm not going to eat here regularly but I certainly would go back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service and atmosphere was wonderful. However, the food was horrible. Cocktail was fine. We will not be coming back. Totally disappointed."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I took a friend out for lunch before a play at Lincoln center. The restaurant is beautiful. Specially the tables overlooking the moore sculpture. The service is great amd so is the ambience. I found the portion size too small and the price too high."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Pleasant, friendly, good food. Jennifer our waitress was excellent and the other wait staff was attentive and pleasant. I had the salad & chicken and found it excellent. My sister also had the same. We were not rushed and had told our waitress Jennifer that we were attending the ballet at 2.00 P.M. We had a leisurely lunch and made the ballet on time. I did not realize that I had left my reading glasses on the table and fortunately for me the Lincoln had my cell phone # and called & left me a message."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was not our first time at Lincoln Ristorante. We have been here several times with and without friends for dinner and drinks. It is truly a special place. We went again to celebrate a special anniversary. As always, the service was impeccable, the food outstanding and the ambience quite romantic. While my wife ordered an appetizer and a Primi, I indulged in the prix fix 4 course tasting (which included a dessert we both shared). Every dish was presented beautifully and tasted sublime. If you have a special occasion or are just in the mood to have a lovely and relaxing evening of food and drink, this is the place to go!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Was leery of Lincoln Restaurant as I was afraid it was just going to coast on its Lincoln Center location. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the food was quite good -- innovative Italian -- and the wine list was interesting to boot (love the Prosecco bar). But the stars of the evening were the wait staff. They honestly could not have been nicer, were knowledgeable enough to answer all our questions and make recommendations and were just generally welcoming. I'd definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Tables are set apart so that one is not listening to his/her neighbors' conversations. Service was nicely timed as we requested."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our group of 6 dined at Lincoln on Sunday for lunch to celebrate two birthdays. Everything about our dining experience was outstanding,the food, the wine, the service and the atmosphere . Each and everyone at the table felt the same way. Many of us had the two pasta sampler all outstanding and delicious. We were seated in a lovely round table with a view of the reflecting pool in the Lincoln Center Plaza. Our waitress was friendly and professional,with staff even offering to go outside and take a picture of our group in front of the sculpture. I highly recommend Lincoln when dining in the Lincoln Center area. We can hardly wait to return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had Sunday Brunch prior to seeing a show at Lincoln Center Theatre. We found that the servers were friendly, respectful, knowledgeable and available. The Prosecco cocktails were elegant and delicious. The two course brunch was amazing all around. Between the two of us we had four plates that were faultless. The wine suggestion was perfect as well. Homemade candies with coffee ended the meal delightfully."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We returned to Lincoln and expected exciting food. Four ladies availed of the set brunch. The primi selection was great. The pasta with lobster was hearty and tasty. The secondi sea bass entree was bland but presented artfully.We ordered the chocolate dessert to share. It was to die for. Excellent service. Little candy bites at the end were a real treat as we were off to watch the ballet. It is the most convenient place to dine before attending a show at Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lincoln Ristorante is a great place for a Saturday or Sunday brunch, particularly in the summer time when you can sit outdoors. The menu is a delight. The service is impeccable. While the price makes this a rare treat, the experience is unrushed and completely worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My favorite NYC restaurant. Every meal I've had here has been excellent. The wait staff is unusually welcoming, making me very comfortable, unlike so many other places in the city. My waiter Joe went so far as to make note of operas that I might enjoy when he found out I was interested. The spaghetti with clams was so great that I'm going back this week to have it again! I highly recommend The Lincoln to anyone who loves inventive, well prepared food and who appreciates outstanding service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lincoln boasts impeccable food, a trendy-yet-understated atmosphere, and outstanding service. There's nothing quite like fine dining in Lincoln Center, with the spectacular views of the Metropolitan Opera House over the Milstein Pool. The food is amongst the best Italian you can find in the city, which warrants a first trip...and a second...and a third...and so on."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Its major virtue is proximity to Lincoln Center. The menu is limited and everything about the restaurant screams pretension."
    Dined on 6/27/2014