Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
4683 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch

Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Lunch

Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 2pm

Dinner*

Sunday: 5:00 - 9:30pm

Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Thrusday - Saturday: 5:00 – 11:00pm

*During 5 pm to 7 pm incomplete parties may not be seated.

Reservations for incomplete parties will be held for 15 minutes.
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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

Private Dining

Lincoln Ristorante is the acclaimed Lincoln Center restaurant showcasing contemporary Italian cuisine. Located in a stunning glass pavilion with a signature sloping lawn roof and spectacular views, Lincoln Ristorante is the perfect venue for your next event.

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

Reviews from verified diners
4,683 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
73%
Very Good
19%
Good
5%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
5.0Dined 2 days ago

We love Lincoln. The setting is lovely, the service wonderful and the food (with the new chef0 is great.

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CG
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely environment, attentive service, tables spaced far from others but prices way out of sight. If money is not a factor, a great choice.

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TH
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Perfection! And this is from four jaded New Yorkers. First visit for all of us and we all rated it "10".
Simply wonderful in every respect.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent dining experience for the second birthday celebration. Food and service impeccable. Gluten free options very good . thought prices on glasses of wine and liquor a little high? Wait staff and all maitre,d very gracious and attentive. Will be back

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Just opportunity to improve the environment, it was super cold. The sits also are a bit heavy to move them closer to the table.
The food is just amazing, one of the best ones on the city. They are very careful and kind with the customer, loved it!

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GC
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Overpriced... mostly empty pre-theater which was not expected, hard surfaces amplified a noisy space. The food while good was unremarkable for the prices charged, desert overbaked and dry.

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KB
5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always, Lincoln gave me and my friend a lovely lunchtime rendezvous, with careful attention to our respective dietary needs and an almost noise-free atmosphere (it wasn't crowded at all, this being the summer).

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RA
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were there for the pre show dinner. Food was very good and their service was impeccable. They were friendly and very attentive. Their wait staff are very professional and knowledgeable. We would dine there again without hesitation. The whole experience exceeded what we had experienced at another top reviewed establishment.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Made a pre-theater reservation for my husband’s birthday. Arrived on time, ordered promptly, and ordered a very nice bottle of wine. The sommelier was wonderful, the food was really good; but the servers ignored us to the point we never received our dessert. We paid a bill where they comped our food due to poor service—-not sure I would go there pre-theater ever again.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We were very pleased that we were given a especially nice table, as requested, for a birthday celebration. The service was outstanding and the food very good. The restaurant is a great option for pre- and post-theater dinner due to its location and the attentive service. It was a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely go back!

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MS
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The food was unique. Wonderful flavor. The restaurant was very quiet and great for conversation. Service was attentive but not intrusive. I would definitely return and recommend to friends.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I took my neighbor out for her 95th birthday. Everything was lovely except one mistake I thought was pretty bad: we ordered a ravioli dish and when it came out it was an entirely different ravioli. My friend was looking forward to what she ordered. No one told us they didn't have the dish or offered to let us change the order. It was just served without comment, like they were slipping it past us and we wouldn't notice. The server apologized but by then we didn't really have a choice. I guess we could have refused the dish but by then we didn't want to wait around longer and my food was already there. Anyway, I feel like they could have recognized the mistake a little more and maybe comped us something.

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GE
3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

I don’t drink much alcohol (triggers migraines)... I told the waiter that I was not going to have any wine. I saw him go over to the server station and roll his eyes and say “no wine”. I heard another server reply “bummer”. Bad. My friend ordered a glass of wine and we still tipped on the whole amount but ONLY because the young man who brought our food to us was absolutely delightful.

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TF
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Outstanding meal! Staff is top notch... cannot wait to return!

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NB
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the service, of the food and the ambiance. Highly recommend it!

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ZB
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

LINCOLN Ristorante is always a special experience especially when linked to a LINCOLN Center performance as was the case last Sunday when our brunch preceded My Fair Lady. What a loverly day!
I love LINCOLN! The ambiance and decor are sophisticated and elegant, the wait staff professional and knowledgeable, and the food outstanding!

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K
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food, excellent service and perfect location. What more can one ask for!

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S
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything is really excellent at this restaurant. The setting is wonderful, the staff is helpful and engaging, and the food is terrific.

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AC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great for dinner before or after the show

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c
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Perfect place for before or after Lincoln Center events. Interesting menu well executed. The Saturday and Sunday brunch specials are super.

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AJ
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My sister and I attended a matinee ballet. On arrival at 12:30, we reminded captain we needed to leave by 1:45. We ordered promptly, waited almost 30 minutes for a salad appetizer with two f/u reminders needed. Entrees arrived at 1:30. One entree was so spicy it was returned. The offer to redo was declined as we needed to leave in 10 minutes. The regular wait staff was excellent. We were charged the full appetizer price $21 rather than a % of the price fix lunch $29. Considering the circumstances, we asked about the bill. The captains “apology” seemed insincere. The problem appeared to be a disinterested captain. The restaurant was not busy.

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B
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Lincoln was outstanding as always - food fantastic! Wait staff amazing. Other restaurants should send there staff to Lincoln for a class on ‘how to treat and serve’ !!

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R
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I appreciate that they saved me a table outside for me to able to bring my dog!

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D
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Lincoln is a unique and outstanding restaurant. The location - off the reflecting pool of
the Vivian Beaumont - is sublime day and night. Tables are spaced so that conversation is pleasant. The service is impeccable and everyone among the staff spot smiles. The menus are original, the portions reasonable and the presentation attractive but not fussy. Lincoln is expensive but the experience is worth the sacrifice particularly given the fact that the venue is romantic.

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M
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Best homemade pasta ever! Only ok ambiance. If you are a foodie worth the plain setting.

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C
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went on a Saturday night before theater. Didn’t know it was only a “pre theater” menu. That being said; price, value, choices were all outstanding.

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l
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

First time there can’t wait to go back. Had price fix menue,it was wonderful, next time looking forward to full menu

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We are never disappointed when dining at Lincoln Restaurante and our dinner on Saturday June 30th was wonderful from beginning to end! The Lincoln is our go to restaurant whenever we are attending a Lincoln Center event. The staff is attentive, warm and interested in making one feel most welcomed, tables are perfectly placed and the cuisine is fabulous. We enjoyed a most wonderful anniversary dinner before attending My Fair Lady.

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O
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Not just for pre-performance dining, Lincoln is perfect for lunch or dinner for seekers of innovative Italian cuisine and appropriate wines. Service is perfect, just bring money.

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NV
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We loved the atmosphere. Staff was outstanding.
The noise level was great we didn’t need to shout to hear each other.

The only comment that it was redundant for server to describe food ordered especially since it is on menu with great detail.

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c
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went with the outdoor menu and beware— it is far more limited than the indoor menu. The service was impeccable as always. Food was solid.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great evening. We will be back again!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This is the third time since March that I've brought friends to Lincoln Ristorante for the prix-fixe lunch, and it's better than ever. All three of us found the food wonderful and appreciated the excellent service and quiet ambiance. Each of us had a different appetizer (I had the heirloom tomato soup, which is delicious), and all three of us had the Spaghetti alla chitarra "frutti di mare," which we all loved. I give Lincoln my highest recommendation.

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AE
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I recommend Lincoln for everything as long as one can afford it!

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TZ
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Had dinner with a friend - great place if you want to have conversation, quite with soft music. Food was delicious, service was great.

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g
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I have been going to the Lincoln for a number of years. The last two times I went with their new chef the food was outstanding

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We were visiting New York City for a Carnegie Hall performance. Dinner here was a real highlight. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. We especially loved the duck and the swordfish. The setting is beautiful, right next to the Metropolitan Opera. Excellent choice pre-show.

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JD
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Attentive service. Wonderful food. Very cognizant of our theatre matinee time.

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PH
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

One of our “Go-To” places! Have been here too many times to count since it opened, & for many different kinds of occasions. The food & service speak for themselves: exceptional. For our most recent meal a few days ago, 2 of us had branzino, orhers had swordfish & short ribs. Seasoned & cooked perfectly. Very generous servings. Sides were snap peas & roasted wild mushrooms (not together.) Also had the roasted Brussels sprouts a few weeks ago when we dined here, also delicious. Desserts: a dark chocolate mousse, the nectarine & cherry crostata & coffee. Oh yes, the spiced skinny breadsticks, focaccia with honeyed ricotta spread & amuse bouche were divine. None of this group are drinkers, so I can’t comment on that, unfortunately. Interior design is gorgeous in an elegantly understated modern style. It is one of the very rare places where tables are spaced very far apart, so the background noise is essentially non-existent; perfect to be able to carry on a conversation with other members in your party. My husband & I have dined solo many times on their outside terrace. Although more casual than indoors, it is a very special setting, next to the Lincoln Ctr reflecting pool & Avery Fisher (sorry, now David Geffin) Hall, & people watching as others make their way to opera, ballet or symphony perphormances. Eating outside is a fun experience. Prices are not inexpensive, but the quality of the food & all of the other benefits make it worth the bill, & is consistent with other high-end restaurants. Highly recommended.

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C
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch here before the ballet. It was our anniversary and they treated us extra special. The food was tremendous and the service couldn't have been better. We will put it on our "always when we're in NYC list!"

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