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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Join us on Valentine's Day and enjoy Chef Shea Gallante's $125 three-course or $150 four-course menus including unparalleled desserts by Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi.

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L
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had the Restaurant Weeks menu: delicious and very different pasta e fagiole, 5-minute egg on polenta with Brussels sprouts, remarkable crispy-skinned Arctic char, and spaghetti carbonara. Generous portions and all were delicious.

A
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I find this a lovely restaurant when attending a performance at Lincoln Ctr however despite dining there many times and arriving when the restaurant is less than full we are always seated at a less than optimal table. Our request to move is granted but it’s frustrating to be given a poor table.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Meal - Great Welcoming and caring staff

N
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One problem this otherwise excellent restaurant has is that since they raised their prices and switched to a 2-course prix fixe, they've added an extra I guess to make the new menu a bit more palatable, if I may use the term. They've always had excellent extras, like their focaccia and amuse bouche, and their tiny pastries at the end. But since they switched to a 2-course menu (with a reasonable $10 extra for dessert), they sometimes serve sherbert to those who don't order dessert. The only trouble seems to be that you never know whether you're going to get the sherbert or not. They don't tell you that free sherbert is a possibility, so those who order dessert do so in ignorance of what they may be giving up. But if you don't order dessert (as we never have), sometimes you get the sherbert and sometimes you don't, perhaps depending on the waiter, perhaps on something else. Last time we were there, we ordered neither dessert nor coffee, and no sherbert appeared. Perhaps you need to order coffee to get the sherbert, perhaps not. But the uncertainty and lack of clarity on this point is not a good thing, and is why I gave the restaurant four rather than five stars this time.

x
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evening at the theatre.

DP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure and full of little surprises and unusual mixtures of northern Italian food! Happy place to begin before opera !

PN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining at the Lincoln Ristorante. I attend the Opera quiet a bit and try to reserve the Lincoln each time for dinner before.

Thank you for being a trusted and fabulous experience.

Best always

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Great service. Amazing locations. Lots of fun.

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner at Lincoln Ristorante was an enjoyable experience. The restaurant is in an attractive modern space with a large open kitchen. By virtue of adequate spacing of the tables, the noise level is low. The food is good, and the menu, though not large, offers enough choice - to some extent an excessive attempt to be different. The service is friendly and for the most part efficient, but for a first class restaurant at its price level lacking in polish. After serving three out of four entrees, one person was left waiting until his entree arrived appreciably later, admittedly with an apology. A side dish of eggplant for the table arrived even later. On the other hand, the wishes and needs of a vegetarian at our table were well accommodated with much patience.

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two birthdays and an anniversary

N
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a heads-up for people reading this review: The Lincoln Ristorante has raised its prices considerably, from $66.00 for two courses to $79.00 for two courses. As before, the extras make the prices easier to take: delicious focaccia with a creamy ricotta and honey spread, an amuse bouche of arancini, sorbet with a granola crumble (which they won't tell you about until after you've decided whether or not to pay an extra $10 for dessert) and two tiny but very tasty pasticerrie, often just before you are about to leave. So the two courses actually make an ample and satisfying meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service.

M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lincoln always delivers. The food is wonderful and the service excellent. Kudos to Christian for making this recent meal even more special. Smores dessert is the best way to finish the meal. Thank you for another great dining experience.

JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service! I'm an Italian food snob, so very picky about Italian cuisine-- the salad, bread, breadsticks, steak, vegetables were wonderful. My pasta dish was pretty good, not great. The dessert was awesome! If you are attending an event at Lincoln Center they are very attentive and make sure you are finished dining on time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciate Lincoln as it provides very good food and service in a very nice space that is quiet enough to have a conversation. That is very rare in NYC.

J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special pre-theater restaurant with exceptional service and a marvelous kitchen. Very welcoming, never rushing, always a treat. The sommelier was right on in her recommendations, and a special request to reduce the spiciness of a dish was met precisely. We will return when we have another event at Lincoln Center.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente desde todo punto de vista. Muy agradable lugar, tranquilo, excelente atención y muy buen servicio y comida.-

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JB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, well presented, & the wine recommendations were spot on! My lobster salad ($6 supplement to prix fixe) was a unique &btasty blend of flavors. The Tagliarini with peeky toe crab was delicious, but too salty. My husband's duck breast was perfect & beautifully cooked. A bit expensive for what is basically Italian food, but it was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exquisite! Well worth it.

R
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is beautiful. Similar to the modern at the moma. Professional friendly staff. One of our group was gluten intolerant and the restaurant provided excellent substitutes. Will go again even without the symphony. In summary, lincoln restaurant is a treat. R OConnor

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The waiter had a cavalier attitude.

NA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation and wonderfully prepared food for every course. The prix fixe was quite expensive for New Year's Eve, but the ambiance and food were excellent. Definitely a splurge, especially if you add wine/cocktails on top, but it was a great experience overall.

L
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Lincoln for the convenient location. Our concert at the Philharmonic was to begin at 7:30 so, in spite of unenthusiastic reviews and the price, we booked a table. We spent an entirely delightful time. Service was friendly and efficient. The captain was very helpful as we dithered about what to order....beginning with the wine. All of his suggestions were spot on...including a simple salad that was not on the menu. My duck was delicious...as was my friend’s. She’d asked to have it medium not medium rare. My husband cleaned the plate of short ribs! We all had the chocolate dessert...and all loved the accompanying egg nog ice cream. The tables are well spaced. We could hear each other without shouting! AND we were reminded of the time at seven, gracefully. It was a perfect start to a beautiful New Year’s Eve.

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, a great meal and a great wine at Lincoln. And a real treat on New Year's Eve.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Small portion sizes, high prices, not a lot of options. Waiter was not very helpful. Felt stuffy.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take my breath away Team Lincoln!
Executive Chef Shea Gallante,
Pastry Chef Excellence Richard Capizzi
AND General Manager Justin Marquez.
My guests were corporate exeuctives in Enterprise Manhattan Companies
None had been to Lincoln before
The menu choices are filled with choices to please the most discerning palates/tastes!
The team work across the responsibilities from Chef Robert and his team in the kitchen -
Asst. Pastry Chef Carley - our Sommelier and our amazing, amazing Waitress ALL focused on creating an environment filled with many little touches of ingenuity, creativity and sheer Lincoln Ristorante MAGIC!
I have received messaging from each guest — unanimously saying the same thing: Lincoln Ristorante is my new restaurant! Can’t wait to entertain clients and share with family and friends.

Thank you Team Lincoln! Rave Reviews!! A Patina/Delaware North Rock Star in their portfolio!!
Bonnie Manter/Upper Eastside/Manhattan

EW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner - good food, wine, service!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It’s very inconvenient that you changed the menu and now we can only choose two courses for $79 for everybody. We love your restaurant for small portions, outstanding food and service but it’s really important for us to choose courses one by one just exactly what we like, not ordering from only deals offers. Sometimes I just want to have two appetizers or a couple of appetizers for sharing and then main course or in other orders. We don’t like that now we just have to choose from deals.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

After several confirming visits, I'm unhappy to report how disappointing this restaurant has become. Most recently, the food was borderline unacceptable: duck bolognese that tasted entirely of beef with no hint of duck whatever, incredibly salty grilled salmon, overcooked daurade, tasteless short ribs, "warm chocolate cake" that was nothing but a strip of chocolate pudding. Had to track down a waiter several times even with few diners in the restaurant. Then he shared with us far too much personal information. The chairs are so heavy there is no way to move them closer to the table if you wish, so I had to eat leaning forward.

On the positive side, the place is pretty, elegant, and well located; the dinner prix fixe at $80 is well priced. The staff tried hard to accommodate some special requests. But something has happened to the kitchen, which used to be dependable. I hope it improves since I would like to return.

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great! Service very good. Very expensive but wine in particular was a ridiculous mark up, even for this type of restaurant.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Perfect for pre or post Lincoln Center shows. Interesting menu and wine list.

BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately, we were very rushed. Had to order immediately and got food before wine was served. Would have liked to know ahead of time that kitchen was closing and that would happen. Also, very few if any choices for salt free or dairy free. Didn’t enjoy the lunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual Christmas outing

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent place for Brunch. The server was a bit overwhelmed because she was alone with several tables needing attention. But she did her best. Food was very good. Young kids got exactly what they wanted which is really nice.

m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I understand that it is about to undergo a transition. There were a lot of empty tables at 8pm

D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and preparation was excellent as always. The dinner prix fixe is priced too high for
what you get though. Will continue to dine there lunch and dinner, but not at prix fixe time.

AA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner at Lincoln was relaxed and satisfying...this place never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the restaurant after the Nutcracker on a Christmas eve. The management was very nice and the food was very delicious. Definitely will visit again soon!

OT
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

What a difference a server can make. Our waiter was obviously not happy to be working that night and was a real downer. Food was excellent. Other back waiters were pleasant and efficient. Eliecer B nearly spoiled what would have been a very pleasant experience.

PA
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner prior to a performance of the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center - no better location - excellent meal, has become part of our annual tradition, look forward to it. Excellent pastas, short rib.

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