Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
4677 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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

What 4677 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
New York Area
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

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
New York Area
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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MS
New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
New York Area
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NB
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ZB
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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S
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for dinner before or after the show

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c
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
London
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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

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C
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. We will be back again!

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UP
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TZ
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Oklahoma City
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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PH
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Denver
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was the best I have had in a long time. Very thoughtful and attentive.
Wonderful food.

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B
Miami
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ty was a great and knowledgeable waiter, genuinely interested in the food. Veal and swordfish were excellent. Drinks perfect. Service impeccable! Desserts great!

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NB
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service for a pre theater dinner. Great value . Did not feel rushed and the food was delicious . Would highly recommend for any occasion and especially for a pre-theater meal.

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s
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Excellent food! One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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DL
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lincoln Ristorante. It never disappoints Food and service are both great !

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DK
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, attentive service and varied menu. Limited, though, for vegan diets. Might try elsewhere on that front, otherwise a winner!

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