Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
4953 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 359-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Shea Gallante
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Amsterdam and Broadway
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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.
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Public transit
Take 1 to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).
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Special events & promotions
Our private dining room offers an intimate oasis, in the heart of Lincoln Center, for events accommodating 2 to 16 people.

Our 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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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Mon - Wed 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Thu - Sat 9:00PM - 9:30PM

What 4953 People Are Saying
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BM
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pricey, but food is excellent. We had prosciutto & pear appetizer and butternut bisque, both very good. The rigatoni with quanichaile was great, just a small
Portion. Cheeseburger was excellent. SteaK fries perfect.
Chocolate mousse, however, was a chocolate bombe, and the only misstep.

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GD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough about what a lovely restaurant Lincoln has become. We are just back from a week in Italy and can honestly say that Lincoln's food was more interesting, of better quality ingredients and served in a most professional manner. Wine list comprehensive and fairly priced. Tables spaced nicely apart. Watch, however, for the freebies - if you eat too many peppered breadsticks and pieces of focaccio with honey/butter - you won't have room for the real food!

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JB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our old friend and her daughter, myself and my son had lunch at Lincoln before the Nutcracker matinee and it was wonderful. They moved us along in a nicely paced way so we could get to the 2pm show. Everything was delicious and inspired from the whipped ricotta spread to the butternut squash soup and the spaghetti with fish and shellfish. Even the burger was great. Will definitely return! Just lovely!

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

Just want to say - My family and I had a FABULOUS time at the Lincoln Saturday afternoon. We had brunch before a show at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater.

My family was celebrating the 90th birthday of three elderly parents. There was an initial hiccup with the seating and Ronnie (the manager) made it right. He makes it a priority to make EVERYONE feel important and valued. Can't say enough good things about the restaurant and him. The views are stunning, the food is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. Definitely worth every penny.

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

Food is excellent, but seemed to be some breakdown in getting the entrees out following the appetizers. Also, a $5 extra charge for a 3-course meal for the cheese plate as the dessert for tiny portions on what is a really expensive restaurant just seemed like nickel and dimeing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a marvelous experience

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

The setting, service, and food are all exquisite. It is a marvelous place to have
a really good meal and intimate conversations.

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N
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

SUPerb lunch. Best I,ve
Had there

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The brunch menu was odd not a lot of choices but what we did order was excellent, the drinks were off though and no big cubes for
The negronis machine was broken
Our waiter was excellent

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Love that we were seated not only before our full party arrived, but we were able to put in their orders prior to their arrival in order to make our show. The bread was superb, and I enjoyed the cod. And so nice to be in a restaurant where you don't have to shout over "ambient" music or terrible acoustics. Well done!

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LC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasurable. Would be nice if they were as focused about lactose-intolerant restrictions as they are gluten-free needs. Very few non-fresh dairy dishes--but what there are are delicious.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Sad to report that this will be our last time at the Lincoln. Now I understand why they lost their Michelin status completely
Service was good and the wine:cocktails good as well
But the food was at a TGI Friday’s level

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very satisfied with my experience. This is my second time eating there and not the last.

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HR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful presentation, lovely wine, very comfortable seating, delightful ambiance.

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XL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there to see the Nutcrackers and the restaurant was the most convenient and elegant spot!

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CB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Our server Carrie was outstanding. A must if you are in NYC.

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always perfect at Lincoln Ristorante. At this recent visit, it struck me again how fantastic the service is as the staff is mindful of your performance time as well as any dietary restrictions. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the view of all of Lincoln Center is beautiful as well.

I always make a point to dine at Lincoln Ristorante whenever I see a performance at Lincoln Center.

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LO
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The soup was absolutely delicious and the gnocchi had a good balance of flavors.

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FJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lincoln knows how to provide hospitality. Great food. Great service. Great wine directors. Awesome decor and location. Simply one of the best options in a city that has an endless list of choices.

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NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Always love the experience!

My only feedback is that there could have been less bustling at the table from the waitstaff.

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The overall experience was lovely
Most of the wait staff could not have been nicer, but the maitre d’ was haughty and dismissive.

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DK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Lincoln Ristorante was delightful in every way. The service was paced perfectly. The food was creative and delicious. Even the price, for the prix fix brunch, was very reasonable. Of course, the location on the Lincoln Center Plaza cannot be beat. Thanks to the entire staff for a great dining experience.

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AG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Allow at least two hours prior to your theatre start time. Service can be slow especially at peak times.....they should know how to accommodate this issue, but we have eaten there enough to know at times, they are slow.

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p
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is pricey but it’s the best one around for a convenient pre/post dinner at Lincoln Center. The food was all perfectly prepared and delicious starting with the wonderful focaccia. I had the ravioli bigusto and the grilled Amish chicken — both lovely. Also, side plate of roasted winter squash was excellent!! Ambiance is modern with floor to ceiling glass walls and open kitchen. Tables spaced apart so does not feel crowded or noisy. Enjoyed this restaurant and hope to return!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection!

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HB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones. It’s our third year. Magnificent location and ambiance. Always a nice night

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RD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Use to outstanding and ow it's really good, but there is just something missing. We have been going for years and the last 2 times left a little disappointed.

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JJ
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Delicious meal. Still thinking about it!

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. We love this place!

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The price-fixed menu for Thanksgiving was vey creative and provided a variety of specialities. The food was absolutely delicious and the service exceptional. The entire staff was cordial and engaging. The table bread was extremely flavorable and the table "treats" delightful. My Processco was lovely and the "take home' pumpkin bread was delicious , a generous gesture. The pear almond cake was out of this world!
My recommendation for next year is to serve more stuffing with the turkey, the cube didn't do it for me. Other than that, the food was superb!

All in all, my friends and I enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Fans of Lincoln That Was, stay away. When Benno left, I ventured back with concern re: what would become of the kitchen. But Gallante created something both familiar and wholly his own. His food was fantastic, and though Benno had taken Aaron with him, the wines stayed excellent. Most of the crew remained, giving top level service. They are gone, and the replacements have entirely lost the plot.

I’m going to the newly opened Benno in a week, and the only reason I can think of for the travesty I just experienced at Lincoln is that all competent FOH will be at Benno. I know some servers already left for Leonelli some months ago.

Lincoln just trashed my Thanksgiving. After having dealt with incompetent reservationists for the past 2 months, who failed to place promised return phone calls and had not the barest understanding of why I was asking about service hours for post-performance, I arrived for the holiday. I went again because the restaurant was like family. Now it is being run like the IKEA cafeteria. You pay your $5 and you get your scoop of eggs, 1 sausage only and 3 cubes of potato.

The 1st thing I asked the server was whether I could have 4 courses instead of 3, but was refused w/ no further inquiry. Lincoln is apparently no longer in the business of either making money by selling more food or keeping regular customers by meeting their requests (in exchange for, again, money). Despite telling the new somm that I wanted to discuss pairings with her after I ordered, only the server appeared again to offer wine—at the level of “all red?” or “white to red?” (where am I?) rather than w/ the wine list and options. I gave up after requesting the list and seeing its decimation. Then lukewarm main after I darted to the bathroom during a long wait, then she did a 4th course for another table. For want of just charging me for a primi, they have lost >$2k over next 5 months. The new manager FOLLOWED ME ONTO THE PLAZA TO ARGUE SEMANTICS (I paid/tipped 20%). No.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olivier was an excellent server and as always the food was sublime. So many little extras, the amuses bouches and biscotti and all the other little gifts of the house make this a truly special place.

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LB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

This is our celebration restaurant or at least it used to be. A friend of ours has a dairy allergy and the waiter was very short about giving options. Literally, 2 or 3 items on the entire menu were available as non-diary. Very disappointing! But, more disappointing was the complete disregard to this being a real issue. He claimed the chef is not accommodating and will not make changes due to dietary needs. This will not bode well going forward. We will not be back.

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RE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was wonderful! The serving staff was almost ballet-ic in their serving us. Everything was run smoothly. Best of all, the noise level was muffled so we could hear each other easily. Once the waiters knew of my allergies-they helped to suggest foods for me, and even gave me the most delicious gluten free bread! We were sorry we had to rush off to our theater. We will definitely go back there. The food was excellent and all the finishing touches were just fine. It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat eating here! Great staff and service with a beautiful location

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R
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went to this restaurant specifically because they had advertised their offering of white truffles. Accordingly, we ordered truffle pasta dishes, only to find out, after the plates were on the table, that the truffles were from AUSTRALIA. We ate a plate of spaghetti topped with tasteless, tissue paper thin shavings of "truffles". The flavor, I suspect, came from a sprinkle of truffle butter of the kind you find in all grocery stores. Did I mention that the mark up for the "truffles" was $75. Whom are you kidding?

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K
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed lunch with friends before the Lincoln Center performance. It is light and pretty and the service was perfect. Our food was delicious. Great place and I would highly recommend it. Fabulous bread with ricotta honey and olive oil spread! And a peach Bellini

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g
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. One of our NYC favorites. Never fails to surprise and please. Server was perfect.

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ET
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and exceptional service. Jeffrey was a jewel.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice open kitchen but very busy place with lots of waiters and other service people running around your table all the time.
Little to busy for me.
Food was great and all on time, great signature drinks.

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