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About The Grand Tier Restaurant

NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH! Enjoy live recitals by rising Met Artists in the dining room, with a $45 prix fixe and endless bellinis.

The Grand Tier Restaurant is located inside The Metropolitan Opera House and offers both a la carte and prix fixe menus. The restaurant welcomes the general public, not just ticketed guests of the Metropolitan Opera House. The restaurant’s location makes it the perfect pre-theater dining experience for all guests of Lincoln Center. The exquisite modern cuisine and classic dining room, highlighted by Chagall murals and brilliant Swarovski crystal chandeliers, make it a memorable destination regardless of the occasion.

Ticketed guests of the Metropolitan Opera may also dine in the restaurant at intermission but must pre-order and reserve by visiting us at www.diningatmetopera.com. Reservations for ticketed guests dining at intermission ONLY are not taken via Open Table.

Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
The restaurant is open to the public offering dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 5:30 pm and Saturday brunch starting at 10:30 am.

Cross Street:
Broadway and Amsterdam, between 65th and 62nd st.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 799-3400

Website:
http://www.grandtierny.com/

Entertainment:
New this season is Sunday brunch with live recitals by rising Met artists. These performances only occur on Sundays, scheduled one per seating at 12:30 pm and 2 pm.

Parking Details:
Check out Metropolitan Opera website for parking information.

Public Transit:
1 Train to 66th st. Lincoln Center

Executive Chef:
Richard Diamonte

Private Party Facilities:
Group Dinners welcome. We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 - 200.

Private Party Contact:
Yale Frederiksen: (212) 359-6513

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.4

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4.5

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4.7

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (8)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier prior to a performance at Lincoln Center was quite a treat. A number of excellent food choices, service was professional and efficient, and the unlimited Bellinis didn't hurt. If you attend the brunch, be sure to time it so you get to hear the opera performances, which on the day we attended were at 12:30 and 2 P.M.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The Met Brunch is a special treat that I love to take first time Met-goers, out of towners, and friends for special occasions. You're really there for the the ambiance and decor of the Met and the performances, while the food is not worth the price tag without the backdrop of the Met of the operatic voices of the performers.

Highly recommend - for the performances, experience, and ambiance. Don't go there for the food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Nothing too spectacular... Servers are borderline rude. They can bump into your seat during their service. Drinks order got wrong and orders were placed wrong. No one came by to ask how was our meal until it is time to settle our bill. I definitely won't go back anytime soon.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The ambience and service was great. The food unfortunately was a little too salty. We had the prix fixe dinner. The crab cake while beautifully presented was too salty that you could not taste the crab. I also had a white fish which was on top of Moroccan style garbanzo beans. The fish was delicate and prepared well but the beans were too salty as were the other sauces that accompanied it. Our choice of wine was great and the desserts were also good. My recommendation would be to cut down on the salt and this would make the dining event top notch.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The Grand Tier is a magnificent way to dine before attending the Metropolitan Opera. The restaurant itself is open, spacious and captivating. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The food is surprisingly inventive, beautifully plated and of Michelin Star quality. Going to the Grand Tier turned out to be a very memorable event and one I would be thrilled to repeat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent pre-Opera treat. The menu is limited but creative and the service is attentive. Highly recommend for that special evening!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My first tine at the Met Opera and the Grand Tier Restaurant. Both greatly exceeded expectations. So much so that this once-in-a-lifetime event needs to be repeated! Perhaps nine cat lifetimes > ^• •^<.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Dining at the Grand Tier restaurant before an opera performance makes for a truly memorable evening . How often can one dine surrounded by Chagall murals and grand Austrian chandeliers? The food and presentation of the dishes are both first rate and the staff gracious and accommodating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing brunch. The opera singers were a special treat

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great venue with service and food to match. Opens promptly at 6, so don't get there early. The wait staff is very attentive and while this could be an over priced tourist spot, it's not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was quite good, but the portions were on the skimpy side, especially considering the price. We treated 2 first-time opera goers to dinner and the opera. The dinner bill was close to $600 (with wine) for four people and there just wasn't enough food on our plates (especially the fish dishes). It's too bad because otherwise, we really enjoyed the evening. I don't understand why they couldn't serve adequate portions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good overall experience! We’ve eaten here before. Please bring back the foie gras and a la carte for entire menu. The a/c was on full force, the floor vent was blowing the table cloth all over. Fortunately, the bus person was super nice and accommodating! He got a spare table cloth and covered the vent. Above and beyond!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A great restaurant for lunch or dinner before an Opera performance. Food and service are both excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful lunch. Food was excellent. Staff very attentive. Due to the Opera starting soon, we ordered our dessert and returned to the restaurant after the first act. The same table was set beautifully with dessert & coffee. What a wonderful experience attending the Opera and dining in the restaurant. We are looking forward to enjoying this again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

While very busy before the Saturday matinee, we always enjoy the ambiance and fine cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a beautiful place to dine prior to the Opera at Lincoln Center. The food was excellent, attractively displayed and beautifully prepared. The brunch menu has many choices.
Servers are professional with a kind of old time flourish! Delightful.
Only recommendation is if you are trying to make an opera curtain at 1 pm, make your reservation for 11:00 am to ensure that you are not rushing.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Perfect way to begin an evening of opera. Dessert at intermission is a plus. Service needs to be more attentive.They should not clear the table until all diners are finished

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It doesn’t get better than this!. Wonderful tasting food beautifully presented and served by the most polite and nicest people. The surroundings are certainly unique being right in the Metropolitan opera house. What is really special is the ability to come back to the dining room between acts in order to have dessert. There is probably no other restaurant on the planet that offers this unique treat. All in all of this restaurant is with its food service it’s decor and its location really very special and very, very. nice.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

One of the most civilized places in New York. A must if you are attending a performance at the Met

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. The three course pre-theater dinner was fine-dining indeed. Serving sizes were just right, lovely presentations of each dish and absolutely delicious. The timing from beginning to end was perfect which left a short stroll downstairs for a wonderful night of Turandot. I would love to have this exact experience again and again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Having the opportunity to dine so elegantly before a performance at the Metropolitan Opera was wonderful. Very elegant, excellent service and delicious food. We did the three course option. The food was very good. Waiters were very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Great experience to enhance a night at the opera.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Cuisine is now terrific. Over the last year there have dramatic changes in the quality of the cooking.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Usually the food is pretty reasonable but mushroom risotto terribly overseasoned and fish with squid ink beneath barely edible on Monday. They forgot to bring one of the three starters for 10 minutes after the others arrived. Ok otherwise. This was a poor experience relative to the 6-8 I have had in the last couple of years prior to opera.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall the experience was great. However upon sitting down our server immediately suggested that we start with blinis (and caviar), at what I realized when I had a chance to look at the menu, was a significant surcharge. Such an aggressive up sell, before we even had a chance to see the menu, was extremely off putting.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A jewel of a place with excellent food (we had crab cakes, burgers, salad and lots of Prosceco). Half hour opera performance divine. Was the best antidote for a rainy gloomy Sunday.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is my favorite brunch in the city. Have been here many times and I will be back. Sumptuous dining room, wonderful performers and great food. Their brunch is really a good deal (I have the feeling that the price went up from last year, but it is still worth it). Definitely a place where to take visitors. You will impress them!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Sunday brunch at the Metropolitan Opera House is an amazing experience. The service, food and atmosphere are all wonderful. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I visit New York City.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A Special Night at the MET Opera- Made even more special by the Grand Tier Restaurant!
WOW! This was an amazing evening at the NY MET Opera, made even more
amazing by the staff at The Grand Tier Restaurant. From the moment we
arrived the entire staff made us feel special- especially Sarah at the
front entrance, and Christopher the general manager- he greeted us and
made us feel welcome throughout our meal. Our meal was exceptional and
delicious in all respects. The deserts were out of this world. They even
brought us a little tiny desert with a candle it in for our anniversary!
Our waiter was attentive and so accommodating at every turn. It was a
very special evening due to our 19th anniversary made even more amazing
and memorable by The Grand Tier Restaurant staff. Thank you for making
this evening spectacular! Thank you- Albert and Laura- NY

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had very pleasant lunch before the opera. The restaurant is beautiful

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

it was great to eat inside the met before the opera, but the service was just OK. very little attention from wait staff and it took a long time to get things like a diet coke.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful meal for pre-theater.
Meal was nicely paced to get so many of their diners checked-out and to the Ballet or Opera on time.
Only criticism is not opening earlier than 5:30pm when curtain is 7:00pm for the Ballet. Suggest you arrive early since check- in took 20 minuets and used up some of our dinning time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant if you are going to the Opera in New York. The prix fixe dinner is designed to get you to your seats on time. Dessert can be eaten before the opera starts, or you may return to your table during the intermission to find your dessert waiting your arrival. Seated under Chagall paintings, this is a special occasion restaurant. The food is tasty and the service warm and professional.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Lovely special occasion ambience. And very pleasant service.

I do wish they would open at 5:00. Dinner is a bit rushed for those who have a performance at a Lincoln Center location other than the Met.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very nice if you're attending the Opera. Eat before performance in great setting and enjoy a desert during intermission

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Another amazing experience at the Grand Tier. Hats off to James and his staff for making the grand tier one of the most underrated experiences in NYC

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Gourmet food in beautiful setting. Great for a special occasion. The food comes out rather quickly so I understand one critic who felt rushed. But, when you consider that you are told that you linger until intermission and return to the same table to finish your coffee and dessert, I don't think you can really say that they rush you out. I would definitely recommend it when seeing an opera as part of the entire experience . And if you want some special eats with classy ambience, dinner without the opera would be fine as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We choose the restaurant because we like Operas. We suggest more varisty and more songs as there Westin Palace in Madrid.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Incredibly friendly service from beginning to end. Delicious food, endless Bellinis-really, and lovely arias to accompany the meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is a treat type dinner. We like it when we are going to the opera. Special because we eat our meal, order desert and return at the intermission to our same table for our dessert. Fun

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Having enjoyed the food, environment and convenience of the Grand Tier for many years, this was a BIG disappointment,. The salmon was totally without flavor - although it did not matter too much because it was tiny! (I noted a lack of delight in fellow diners). The chicken was surrounded by small items that did not enhance the flavor or appearance. The baked Alaska dessert (usually excellent) was small and disappointing in comparison with past visits. A large party was underway in an adjacent part of the restaurant, possibly limiting the attention of the staff.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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