Lincoln Ristorante

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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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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been in years; was pleasantly surprised. Staff was amazing, food excellent ! Great place.

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

It was a dreadful experience.. absolutely no atmosphere and dreadful service. Very expensive with no fixe price lunch on a weekday. I requested a window table... at first we were seated in the back room and when I re requested a window table in the front, brighter area I was told it was not possible to have a window table despite the fact that several were free and appeared unbooked as they were not used during our lunch.Dishes were served with absolutely no explanations. I will never go back to this restaurant. A waste of time and money.

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F
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious - great food and service. Wonderful location if going to Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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JE
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique venue in Lincoln Center. Very convenient for pre-theater matinee lunch. Create your own prosecco bar a fun start to the meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First time there. Loved the closeness to Lincoln center, loved our meals, the wine, tue ambiance. Most of the staff was wonderful... and main waiter we thought a little stiff and not really pleasant. The other staff members were wonderful.

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J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Used to be a favorite local go-to stand-by! Food was always good to very good and the service was very pleasant and non-intrusive. However, this has taken a turn for the worse, much worse The food has become tasteless, bland and unimaginative. This has happened since they moved to a prix fixe or table d'hôte menu. The meat I was served was so tough I couldn't cut it with the very fancy steak knife, it was unedible. Duck meatballs, no salt. Carrots were mush. Asked for a wine list, took a very long time to get one and the rest of the service was lackadaisical at best. The olives in my martini were half-rotted. The dessert, tiramisu, was an alcohol bomb, couldn't taste anything else.
And worst of all the restauranteur was sitting next to us the whole time and was completely oblivious to all that was and WASN'T going on at our table. This is a place that has lost its way, maybe they'll find their way again. I can certainly tell you the conversation next to us wasn't about the culinary arts but revenue and EBITDA - - not very appetizing!

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

My friend and I had a 6:30pm reservation and when they asked whether we had theater tickets I said no. The service was very rushed at the start of the meal. Our appetizers came as soon as the bread. When we were not even half way into our appetizers, the server came and asked if I was finished. I was stunned as most of the dish remained uneaten and I was actually eating. I asked him to take a look at my plate and he just left without apologizing. The rest of the meal was uneventful until the check came. The same server handed my friend’s card back to her and referred to her as “Mrs. [ ].” She is not a “Mrs.”. This server definitely didn’t seem to belong at the Lincoln. He tapped his feet while taking our order, was unaware of how we were progressing with our meals and referred to a customer in an odd way. This service definitely dampened the dining experience.

The food was very good. I live in the area and like the space and proximity, but bad (and irritating) service is probably enough for me to not come back.

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

1st time at the restaurant, enjoyed every moment. Definitely will return.

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BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were exceptional. A wonderful evening had!

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J
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The terrace is amazing, the food is not only very nicely presented but delicious, the service is very professional and discreet and the sommelier is outstanding, the pastry chef makes this grain bread to die for.

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j
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow. Our server was trying her best. The restaurant does mostly pre show dinners and there were a lot of upset guests that evening. We did not have a time restraint, but still not a great experience. Will not be returning.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lincoln is a favorite. The food always is excellent. By Manhattan standards, it is relatively quiet at dinner and is serene at lunch. The tables are spaced a bit apart, more than most restaurants, which allows for private conversation. I value the lower decibels and the privacy particularly. The staff is appropriately attentive.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were wonderful but unfortunately our experience was marred by the kitchen. Despite everyone being aware of our 8:00 show following our dinner we were forced to eat our main course in 10 minutes and we got to our performance as the curtain came up. We were told that our 6:00 reservation would allow plenty of time but that was not the case.
Our waiter apologized but did not offer any compensation for the fact we were so rushed and were not able to get dessert that was included with our dinner. At our request he did check with the manager who removed the cost of one course from our bill. We appreciated this but it did not erase the feeling that the experience was found severely lacking.

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VO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The reason I went to Lincoln for dinner was that it was very close to the Met. I needed to be that close because my dinner partner had a severely bad knee and couldn't walk to far. Little did I know that we almost had to run to the theater in order to make curtain. Our order was placed on or about 6pm, surely 2 hours should have been enough time to make an 8pm curtain without rushing. However, although our first course was served in a timely fashion, we waited almost 45 minutes for our second course to arrive. Desert and coffee were served only 15 minutes before curtain time, so we had to rush through it. It was not what I would call a nice experience. I shouldn't have to pay upwards of $200 for my dinner and remain anxious about getting to the theater in time, especially when we told the waiter we had to be out for an 8pm curtain. Also, although the first course arrived hot, the second course arrived cold. It must have been sitting in the kitchen all the while we were waiting for it. I don't think I will be back again. For a restaurant who caters to the Lincoln Center theater crowd, they should have the timeliness of serving meals down to a science. They do not. If you decide to go to Lincoln for a pre-theater meal, be sure to get there 3 hours ahead of curtain, otherwise bring your track shoes for the run to the theater doors.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dining experience! We drove in to the city for a show and had a delicious meal here, the food is superb and the service was outstanding. We would gladly return again!

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The food was great and the service was excellent. It made for a very lovely evening. We were seeing a play at the theater and it was incredibly convenient as well. We were able to really enjoy our meal and get to the theater in no time at all. Would definitely recommend this to anyone especially if your are seeing a performance at Lincoln Center.

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w
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible menu and food was outstanding! Service was Amazing! Loved everything about the experience! They even remembered to send a celebratory plate dessert even though we were to late to order desert, Impressive!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for a glass of the house Chardonnay which was very good but when we recieved the bill I was shocked to know it was $20 a glass! THat is a bit over priced for a house drink. I understand I am in NYC but over the top.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Before theater.

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l
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very special dining experience. Food was terrific, beautifully presented, and creative. Service was excellent too.

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M
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After an amazing dinner Friday evening at Lincoln, i invited a colleague for lunch and the experience was identical. From the sense of arrival to departure the team is impeccable. My colleague had an allergy with garlic - and each different person that interacted with our table was aware and made comments relative to this when and only if appropriate. Excellent experience.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great overall experience. The terrace facing the square is great because it blocks the street noise.

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outdoors for lunch. It was lovely.

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. All dishes were prepared exquisitely

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was fabulous and beyond. Our server asked if we had tickets and everything was served in a timely fashion. We love your restaurant and will continue to return.

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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent as always, and it’s a beautiful room. This time, though, the usually flawless service was slow and uncoordinated.

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

Expensive for lunch. If they truly want to be Italian, the portions should be smaller so you can actually have an appetizer, a 1st course, a 2nd course, and a dessert.

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DC
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A regular favorite . . . Well, worth a trip! The service and food are outstanding and the setting at Lincoln Center is delightful.

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AC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy as can be....great food, service, and a very cool building!!!

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JF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional, efficient, accommodating, friendly service by everyone - the Captain, the Servers, the Sommelier.

Perfectly prepared and extraordinarily presented cuisine.

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BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Lincoln since it opened. I must have been there about 50 times, or more!!

When people come to town, if I am not able to properly introduce them to your restaurant myself—it is the first name I utter when I am asked for a fabulous restaurant recommendation.

I cherish every memory and meal I have had there, and look forward to MANY more.

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M
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish what a delightful experience.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus was delicious....extremely fresh. The duck entree was excellent.
Since it is part of Lincoln Center, it would have been nice to have some live jazz.

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TJ
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ideally situated if you are going to the ballet, opera or another event at the Lincoln Centre or perhaps just to eat for a special occasion.
Great to eat outside next to the pool in good weather too.
Expensive ($76.00 for two courses plus drinks or other additions) but good, attentive, but not overbearing service, ambiance and well prepared and presented food. Fairly generous portions. Expect to pay $300.00 for two with drinks, tax and gratuity.
Compares not unfavorably with the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House London but more expensive and see below.
My only concern was that the server failed to return with $50.00 change from the payment (which I had intended to give him anyway) but this is not in my opinion acceptable and did not occur elsewhere.
Other than that I would certainly recommend this restaurant to other visitors.

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RS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highpoint of our New-York weekend (and we saw 'Hadestown'). The service was spot on, the setting restful, yet energized and the food was delicious. Watching the students come and go from Julliard was a special treat. Thanks to everyone.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had to get up and ask for service on two occasions and look around and signal for service on every other. The food would arrive with a big flurry of two or three people delivering the dishes together, and then it would take 5 minutes to successfully flag someone down to bring the pepper.
They charged us about $6.50 per bottle of home- fizzed tap water, which well represents the value for money. We ordered wine by the glass, taking the managers recommendation, only to find it cost more than a glass of wine at the Mandarin Oriental bar. This on top of a price fixe for just 2 dishes... I’d sooner pay another $50 pp and get the full works at Per Se. Lincoln was no where close to its price tag.
Oh, and the man who sat for a drink at the open air table next to us, had his cell phone ring no less than 6 times as he managed his business during our meal. It’s an odd ambience to be forgotten next to the man with the garish cell phone ring, and then handed a bill that implies the highest of fine dining.

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EB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting in Lincoln Center, service attentive and pleasant. Appetizers pretty good. We had two different pasta dishes which were overly rich and even greasy.
We enjoyed the location and view, but felt sick for hours after the meal

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G
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lincoln is head and shoulders above the usual pre-theater affair. It's pricy, to be sure, but well worth it. There is currently a $75 per person prix fixe menu, with ample choices to prove almost any palate. The wine list is varied, and wines by the glass afford disparate diners the opportunity to indulge individually. The cuisine is uniformly excellent, so I am not inclined to recommend various dishes, but I was very fond of the diver scallops. I am a red wine person, regardless of my meal, and I enjoyed a glass of Barbera d'Alba, which went with pretty much everything on the table. Enjoy!

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

Excellent overall, with a magical setting, blissfully spacious and quiet seating, imaginatively tempting food options, and generous portions. A few quibbles: the accompaniments to the duck breast main course on the spring menu were uniformly delicious, but the duck itself was noticeably over-salted; I would have preferred some American options on the impressively extensive but Italian-only and aggressively priced wine list; and the Sunday-evening staff was attentive but not altogether polished (addressing our table by name, but with the wrong name; announcing the dishes presented, but forgetting the name of one of them, for example). Nothing that would prevent an eager return, but not quite top-tier either. I've had fully outstanding visits several times in the recent past.

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e
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We regret we hadn't discovered this place before. So lovely on a pleasant spring day, with lunch on the terrace in front of a grand Henry Moore sculpture and the reflecting pool. Couldn't be better for a before-the-show meal. Of course the restaurant has lost Jonathan Benno, who now offers superb dining at Benno's, but the quality still seems to be very good.

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