Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
5193 reviews
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Italian
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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th and enjoy Chef Shea Gallante's three-course prix fixe menu for $85. We will also be offering a children's menu for $55 and and reservations are available from 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Complete the meal with a special giveaway by Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 21st and enjoy Chef Shea Gallante's three-course prix fixe menu for $85. We will also be offering a children's menu for $55 and reservations are available from 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Complete the meal with exquisite Easter desserts by Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Mon - Wed 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Thu - Sat 9:00PM - 9:30PM

What 5193 People Are Saying
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PS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food wonderful, service excellent. beautiful day...able to sit outside, then took tour of met. wonderful day...all agreed.

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LG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two-course pre-theatre dinner was delicious and the bottle of Chianti was one of the best I've had. Service was excellent. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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M
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was outstanding. From the moment we walked it, we were treated as guests. The staff was superior and friendly and professional. The service was impeccable. The food was out of this world and far exceeded expectations. We had just returned from Paris but eating at Lincoln made us feel we had never left. We would highly recommend this lovely restaurant. Huge added bonus to us is that Nick Valenti(owner) and his group are active participants and very generous to Citymeals. It is wonderful to see such a successful business know the meaning of “giving to those less fortunate”. Mary and John

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PK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, Italian food in a gracious setting with attentive service. Nicely accommodated my friend who is 96 years old and with a walker. Great location if you are attending a performance at Lincoln Center. Wines are somewhat pricey but excellent. Most worthy of a separate, stand-alone dining experience.

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LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having eaten here many times we have never been disappointed. Everything has been, and continues to be, first class. Hence a most pleasant dining experience.

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue pre and post Opera!

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TH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and impeccable service!
My favorite location for a pre-theatre meal at Lincoln Center.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious

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N
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Well worth the expense.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value/comfortable setting for lunch. Prix fixe very resonable

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Duck bolognese was unbelievable

Service was great and very considerate

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience from start to finish. Bravo!

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F
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prrvtheater excellent everything

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal, as always!

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b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes - it’s elegant, reliable and creative. No question one of the top choices in the Lincoln Center area.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Expensive but the food was very good with a couple dishes being excellent. The honey infused ricotta was amazing. Looking out over the back side of Lincoln Center through the triangular windows was beautiful. Servers very nice and helpful with out being intrusive.

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KI
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection, and so beautifully plated. But our server Carey was outstanding. She couldn’t have been more helpful. She made sure everything was as it should be and was super in helping to coordinate my husband’s plates. He has some dietary needs that can be challenging, but Carey took care of everything, and made some great food suggestions. The wine steward was also most accommodating.
I ordered a glass of Barbaresco which seemed off.. as though perhaps it was corked. The wine steward graciously gave me another pour from a new bottle. We sat on the side of the restaurant where we had never been seated, another part of the restaurant that is appointed beautifully.
Thanks to the chef for preparation and off the menu offerings. A really delightful evening!!

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B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant. Superb food, wonderfully prepared. Outstanding service. Abdullah was terrific!

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is so beautiful and the staff is so professional that it was a tiny bit disappointing that the food wasn't better. The eggplant appetizer is enough for two for a meal and not at all interesting.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, ambiance but service was a little weak.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. Prix fixe lunch is the best buy

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SD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have food allergies and the waiter was very attentive to making sure things would be accordingly adapted. The tables were close together in places (where I was, for example). However, we were next to friendly folks with whom with briefly chatted. However, the acoustics are such that we did not hear any interference with our conversation when not focused on them. They are very attentive to curtain times.

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Pasta made me feel like I had gone to italy! Geloto
outstanding! Service impeccable!

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every detail - wonderful service- timely, informative, and friendly. The meal was simply delicious.

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JA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Thoughtful and friendly service. I only wish I could afford it more often.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater Brunch

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r
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Food tasty, great presentation, service excellent. Comfortable seating. A totally civilized restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! Superb service! Delicious meal!

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Innovative Italian menu with an extremely comprehensive wine list. Vary courteous and attentive servers.
The noise level is somewhat high but not offensive. Reasonable value for NYC.

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JR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice service. Loud piped music, which is unnecessary in such an attractively situated space.
The food needs to be improved: acidic salad dressing, aerated, puffy frittata without much in the way of vegetables, unappealing gnocchi..
Rice balls and bread sticks were good. Nice focaccia was dripping with oil.
Wine list is good, and somewhat pricey.

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned to dine with our favorite couple who also enjoy the restaurant. It was marvelous. Service was low key and very attentive. Food was excellent.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and decor were the memorable elements of lunch at Lincoln Ristorante. Our principal waiter was elegance personified; his assistants less so.
We expect each dish to be superb in a restaurant like this, but the gnocchi with butter was the only brilliant dish of the four we ordered. The seafood pasta, prosciutto and pear, and Lincoln salad all fell short of excellent. In this neighborhood and price point, I suggest Nougatine on Columbus Circle offers a lunch worthy of your time and money.

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to a lot of restaurants. This is the finest restaurant I have ever been to. Food, wait staff, everything! Can't say enough good things about it.

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LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for lunch for my birthday before our Matinee show. Was excellent. Service was really accommodating..

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Maitre d' was absolutely wonderful, discussing champagnes with us, making recommendations, taking care of the details. The entire staff was great. The waiter, everyone. The layout of the restaurant is really open and comfortable with huge windows looking out on the plaza and above 65th st. The food is absolutely delicious. About as close to "perfectly done" as possible. Yes, it's pricey, but not overly so compared to other local restaurants. Not only do we recommend it, we can't wait to go back there again ourselves. Excellent, excellent restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

muy caro pero excelente comida y

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Larger than expected helpings. Service was well-timed, we had philharmonic tickets and made it perfectly on time with a 6:30 reservation. We will definitely return to try other dishes. This is a recommend!

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OT
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A treat prior to any Lincoln Center Event. The kitchen has steadily improved and is now at a very high level.

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w
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite atmosphere, service, and most importantly, food!

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DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I frequent Lincoln before every performance at Lincoln Center. It never fails
to be an enjoyable evening of oustanding service (Olivier and Kerry ensure an impeccable
dining expeirence every time) and the food is perfection itself. We call it "clean" food
for the straightforward preparation yet delectable outcome - always seasonal and artfully prepared.
It's refreshing to count on a consistently excellent dining experience.

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