Lincoln Center Kitchen

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A classic all-American restaurant conceived by Chef/Innovator Ed Brown and located in David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center. This accessible restaurant is New York City-born and raised, embracing the landmark culinary traditions of the city. The cuisine celebrates timeless American cooking with a focus on regional flavors and global inspirations. Highest quality ingredients, simple preparations and emphasis on seasonal, local and sustainable sourcing are the hallmarks of this all-American menu.

The beverage menu features a selection of distinctive beers and local brews, acclaimed American and international wines, and unique mixologist cocktails. Signature bar snacks complement the beverage menu and provide a light dining option.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant waitresses are all rude.
They didn't answer and they put the dishes on the table as if they had to throw a cake in the face of the customers

KD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Easy to talk. And at Geffen Hall for our event so no rushing

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We eat here often before ballet. This time space was taken and we ate in bar area (was okay)..Waiter was not attentive and two chickens were dry. Convenient as our friend is wheelchair bound and next time the Samon but a different waiter!

KS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellently prepared and elegantly served. A great start to a lovely evening!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

All the diners there are attending some performance in Lincoln Center; however, the staff does not seem to understand that creating anxiety for everyone. 30 minutes to process a credit card? The food was nice.

JK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Portions are very big, more than we could handle, so we skipped dessert

N
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I would recommend it only as a backup in case other restaurants in Lincoln Center are full, which is how we use it. The food is OK, but the service is very spotty (this time we had finished our tea and coffee before the dessert belatedly showed up), and the whole experience is not quite up to the price, even though the price is about 1/3 less than either the Grand Tier or Lincoln Restaurant, which are much better.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Convenient. Comfortable. Great staff, many of longstanding. Food is good. But overpriced.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Asked the waiter 3 times for the bill and still had to ask the maitre’d for the bill. People who came after us left before us. We were almost late for the philharmonic.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Huge space and very lively (that means noisy!) They assume you have a performance to make and rush you. Once we communicated we had plenty of time, our lovely server calmed down and let us enjoy our meal. The food was good, but pretty basic. Expensive for what it is, but it is Lincoln Center...

S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

A year ago we dined there and it was not good. We returned a few months later and it had improved. This year, we tried it again. This was a terrible dining experience. The bread had been frozen and was stale dry. The prix-fixe $50 offered a salad or soup, chicken with vegetables or salmon, and a ganache. The salad was fine. The entree (we chose chicken) was dreadful. The chicken was dry and tasteless. The vegetables were large peas, canned boiled small pearl onions, and a few pieces of chopped carrot. A "bed" of mashed potatoes was flavored with salt. Period. Utterly flat, unattractive fare. The waitperson took the entree away before we had finished eating (happily). The ganache had been frozen and revived, with some (maybe half turned) whipped cream and two tired slices of strawberries. Never again.

j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service slow. Cafe loud. Food ok.

R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good. Service was erratic. Waitress disappeared for long stretches. Long delay in paying the bill.

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. We highly recommend this spot - we usually share an entree before the symphony.

UW
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre and the choices were rather unimaginative.

SV
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu, excellent food, fast service at the great location

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for pre-opera dinner. The crabcakes were outstanding but worth $39? Pretty disapponted that this restaurant served bread that was stale, cold and heavy. The pound cake dessert reminded me of something that had been microwaved or was old. A berry coulis but not a fresh berry to be found. Disappointing for a bill for single person for an entre, glass of wine, and dessert for $81.

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would recommend this place only for its convenience and speed of service. For its price and the mixed quality of the food (my wife liked her beet salad but my steak was only "fair", I did not think it was worth the price.

EG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a "captive" restaurant, essentially serving Lincoln Center customers.
From season to season, and throughout the season, there is little variation.
The food is good, the wines also good, although overpriced.
If you are attending the Opera or a concert only once, this will appear to be outstanding. However, to the regulars, there is a lot to be desired, especially in variety

d
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The maitre d’ was engaged in a conversation with a staff member (in French) when we arrived—standing right in front of him. He ignored us and continued his conversation until we said “Excuse me!” So rude. No apology. We’ll plan to go elsewhere prior to our concerts.

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food and service were both mediocre. The prices are breathtaking for the experience you get in exchange. Other than the convenience of being near Lincoln Center, I would not recommend it and would not return.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would line the menu to change. We eat here about 8 times a year. Good is excellent

SC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect pre-performance venue for Lincoln Center and food is excellent. Although it's in the middle of David Geffen Hall lobby, the space is intimate and quiet, protected from hubbub of crowds arriving for performance.

BK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

they have upped their game from last season. dinner was delicious ! try the special St.Germaine margarita .

M
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our party was recently handicapped, so we opted to have dinner at Lincoln Center Kitchen for its convenience. My dinner (beet salad, crab cakes, chocolate tart) was surprisingly good...and the portions were reasonable. The ambience was OK and the service friendly and attentive. I would return more often if not for mild sticker shock (and that's with a 10% NY Philharmonic subscriber discount). Nevertheless, we shall return on occasion.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The best thing about this restaurant is its proximity to all the venues at Lincoln Center. The worst thing about it was the difficulty of navigating Open Table's web site.

LB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meals served promptly. Great if you are attending a performance.

k
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We eat there almost every time we go to the Philharmonic. This time it was a disaster. They were clearly shortstaffed, the food came out cold and undercooked. The maître d’ is a lovely woman and was trying to do everything she could to keep it together. If it weren’t so convenient we probably wouldn’t go there again and we won’t if we have the sameExperience again

DG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very convenient, obviously, if one is attending a concert in Geffen Hall. The food (we had eggplant spread, corn soup, and salmon) was fine. However, the service was poor—slow and inattentive; one had to make repeated requests (like having waitress come to take our own, getting condiments, getting the check), and we were never asked if everything was satisfactory. Finally, it was quite cold in the area in which we were sitting (the long space behind the ticket windows).

O
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

L C Kitchen is consistently good for food and service. The menu doesn't change much, but the food is usually very good quality. For such a busy place, the noise level is moderate. The staff are excellent taking care of customers, and the convenience of being so close to venues is valuable.

A
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a convenient restaurant if you're going to attend a performance at Lincoln Center. You get a 10% discount if you're a NY Philharmonic subscriber. Food and service are decent, not first rate. Convenience is the name of this game.

DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable and friendly. We greatly appreciate the service.

TF
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner...Food was delicious and Monica is outstandingly!!! Perfect pre concert venue!

IG
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great. Limited menu and expensive.

UW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First, we were dining with a friend who is blind and our server and all the staff were quite sensitive to the situation AND very helpful!

We had the vegan cauliflower dish ( which was excellent) and the shellfish appetizer ( also excellent).

This was a pre-concert meal and the food came out fairly quickly so we had a relaxing time.

Overall delicious meals and thoughtful service!

EG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has a menu which seems to hardly ever change. The Limited selection of wines are of good quality but highly overpriced. Sides of mac and cheese which were popular and excellent disappeared from the menu and have never been seen again.

NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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PC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The perfect place for lunch or dinner before a Lincoln Center performance when the weather is lousy and you want to minimize your walking time to the LC venue. Service is gracious and the food more than acceptable if unremarkable.

ST
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. The ambiance was inviting and we had a great time. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were superb. My friend and I both had the prix fix menu. We both commented on how delicious the food was. We are both restaurant goers.

We had a 5:00PM dinner reservation. We asked to be seated in the "back". It was nice and quiet. By the time we left (around 6:30), however, the place was packed and quite noisy.

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