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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.
New York, NY 10023
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.
Broadway and Amsterdam, between 65th and 62nd st.
$50 and over
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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.
Check out Metropolitan Opera website for parking information.
1 Train to 66th st. Lincoln Center
Private Party Facilities:
Group Dinners welcome. We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 - 200.
Private Party Contact:
Yale Frederiksen: (212) 359-6513
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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The Grand Tier Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Took my granddaughters to celebrate Christmas early with brunch and "The Nutcracker". The Grand Tier is not really a "child friendly" restaurant, and I knew that when I chose it, but the staff did all they could to accommodate our young ones. The room is lovely and the opera performance was wonderful. The only problem was that the crostini on two of the dishes was so hard that it was really difficult to eat. Otherwise, the food was excellent. Our general experience was very memorable.
The venue is beautiful and the food was good. However, they moved the stage to the corner and it was hard to see the singer from a window sided seat. Plus, the voice now echoes too much that it sounded almost muddy. If the stage goes back to the center, where it used to be, it would be great.
Super location and ambience for the Opera, of course. I was amazed that the kitchen was so backward as to rely on butter and dairy for meals and dessert. I had to settle for a dried up fish filet and dried up roasted vegetables because everything was pre made with butter and dairy! Only dessert I could have was sorbet. All for $100 each person with tax snd tip. Oh, and the rolls were stale. I found the food to be terrible.
The Grand Tier is elegant, the services is top-notch, and the food is quite fine. We usually go for pre-opera dining. The menu is very good. We have had the rack of lamb, the salmon, the sea bass, the veal loin and the beef as main courses. The salads are inventive and fresh. The pate' is excellent. The only drawback is that with so many dining at once, the food can be cooler than one would like by the time it gets too the table.
My husband and I visited New York City to see the Holiday Lights and attend the Metropolitan Opera for the first time. As an extra bonus, we became donors and were able to dine at the marvelous Grand Tier Restaurant. It was easy for us to make advance reservations; a must during the holiday season. The service from beginning to end was outstanding. We were treated to graceful service from the waiting staff. The food was excellent and prepared with attention to its presentation. A little pricey for our budget, but very much worth it.
Celebrated my husband’s birthday here with brunch. We arrived at 11:30 which was a great time for the 12:15 performance. There were many large groups as well as single diners and couples and plenty of staff. There is a coat check at the top of the stairs which is nice to use but be aware that there is a $3 fee per coat. Still think it’s worth it to use not to have a dining area cluttered with belongings. The Sunday we went, Dec 3rd there was a 12:15 and a 2 pm performance. I would go again and recommend to others.
Went to see the nutcracker with dinner Good service beautiful atmosphere conveniently located but the food is suboptimal and the price is high or sub optimal dining experience would not recommend until they change the menu don’t mind paying high prices if the food is good which this is not recommended
The food was very salty and standard, I expected a few more "wow" dishes.The portions were appropriate, not too large. The restaurant doesn't tell you where items are sourced from, like salmon, which wasn't in season, so it's a guessing game. The cocktails were great. The service was impeccable.
What a wonderful experience. We have lived in Manhattan for years and this is such a wonderful addition to the city. The food was excellent, the service incredable and the music incredable. Great fun, so New York and highly recommended.
I took a cousin from Australia before we went to the ballet next door, so we needed to fit in a complete meal before the performance. Our wonderful host and server made sure this was done without any rush. We both had fish, perfectly cooked and presented. We were treated like family, the service as elegant as it was friendly. Top marks. Totally recommended.
We were seated at convex tables with our backs to a pillar and facing out into the room, angled away from one another. The other side of the table was the main thoroughfare for the waiters.
We were made to feel rushed. I still had half of my appetizer on my plate when I’d been asked, twice, whether I was “all done”. I had to give up eating from my plate when a waiter succeeded in snatching away my wife’s plate. Our main course was served in seconds, cold. If you think we are slow eaters, I should mention that other tables hadn’t been served their appetizers when waiters were urging us to eat up our mains.
Given a horrible table and horrible service, you’d think it would affect our impression of the food. Perhaps you’d be right. I can only say that our food was mediocre at best. My chicken was a poorly butchered breast (who wants to be served a cut of meat with a bone sticking out and pointing towards them?) surrounded by bits of food that seemed to have no purpose other than to tick off the list of ingredients enumerated in the menu.
I would urge Lincoln Centre to consider terminating their relationship with the Patina Restaurant Group (the current franchisee) lest they lose more Opera Guild members.
Wonderful pre-performance dinner venue for Lincoln Center. Setting is marvelous and grand. Service & food were absolutely first class. Unfortunately, my chair had an interesting view of the kitchen - if you book late, you have to take what you can get. Despite that, I highly recommend it.
used to LOVE this restaurant but over the years, the portions have gotten smaller (much smaller) and the prices larger. Additionally, the menu choices are not half as interesting or as good as they were. Doubt we will go back unless a blizzard when we have opera tickets - a real shame
Its unique location and virtually guaranteed clientele notwithstanding, this restaurant somehow can't get things right, and things are getting worse instead of better. The main problem is that the choices of dishes available on the menu are very uneven. At times things can work out. During my previous visit I had halibut, which was perfect. The smoked salmon appetizer is still predictable and reliable. But the crab cakes that used to be a reliable choice have shrunk to a miniature size and now come covered with an unnecessary heavy sauce. My wife ordered corn panna cotta as an appetizer and could not eat it because it was to creamy and heavy. The smoked soup is also much too heavy. In the past there was sushi available as an appetizer, but it disappeared a long time ago. Also, there are now no side dishes available on the menu at all. There used to be asparagus and other good side dishes in the past. Whoever is responsible for putting together the menu is not doing a good job at all!
During our last visit, service (which is usually excellent) was extremely slow and even though we arrived 1 hour and 45 minutes before the performance, and had to skip dessert, we almost missed curtain time.
My meal at Grand Tier was, as usual, excellent. Service was attentive and informative, and the server's advice steered me toward the best crab cake ever. Perfect medallions of veal followed the crab cake, and my dessert, at intermission, was baked Alaska.
If you are going to the opera, the Grand Tier is one of the most convenient ways to have a meal. Its especially enjoyable when at the first intermission, your desert is waiting for you at your table. It certainly beats getting a long line at the Revlon Bar for a drink or a bite.
Food is OK, not out of this world considering the price. Presentation is good, service is quick but your waiter may be over burdened with multiple tables. Everyone arrives at around the same time and needs to get to their seats by curtain. Hence you will not feel the attention you would at other fine dining establishments.
The absolute seller is the intermission desert service. Its the best way to spend times between acts.
Been going for years and always changing for good or bad. One issue is that they still are inconsistent on serving the food hot. Lucky if you get it lukewarm. Many times items are tasty sometimes one could be questionable. Also, serving size can be small and we are not big eaters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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