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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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Lincoln Square
0.5 miles from Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial
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At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer Chef Shea Gallante’s interpretation of 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. We rely on local farmers and purveyors along with weekly visits to our neighborhood Tucker Square Greenmarket, while importing irreplaceable items from Italy. We honor the Italian culinary tradition of making our own fresh pastas, grissini, and focaccia. Desserts, by Richard Capizzi, are beautiful renditions of Italy’s classics: light, lush and irresistible. A focus and commitment to freshness and respect for every ingredient is paramount in our daily life
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Met a friend for dinner and I was completely satisfied. The staff, from the person greeting you through our server were friendly and accommodating. The food was perfectly cooked and the presentation outstanding. The recommendation for wine was excellent. I highly recommend Lincoln!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020

Thank you! I always enjoy dining at Lincoln Ristorante and have ever since it opened its doors. I had the pleasure of dining there 3/1/20. Laurie, the gracious and professional restaurant manager, sat me near the window with a view of the Henry Moore sculpture...pool which only added to the already casual elegant ambiance. I started with Minestrone Ai Frutti Di Mare (Gulf Shrimp, Nantucket Bay Scallops, Little Neck Clams, Crustacean Broth, Grilled Ciabatta), followed by Polpette Di Vitello (Veal-Ricotta Meatballs, Anson Mills Polenta, Cremini Mushrooms, Black Truffle-Veal Jus) and ended with Lumache Con Guazzetto Di Polpo (Octopus Braised with Tomato, Fennel, Fresh Oregano, Pecorino Fiore di Sardo). I finished the light, rich ministrone, had one totally delicious meatball so that I could have room for the superb lumache of which I ate half. I had a wonderful lunch today! I had no dessert. Christian, my captain, recommended the lumache and was gracious, Daniella, my back server was efficient and attentive, Sterling, the account manager and Shannon, reception, were friendly and helpful as well. Last and far from least, kudos to Chef Shea Gallante and the kitchen crew for a truly excellent meal perfectly prepared and presented!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020

Beautiful place to get warm on a cold night pre-opera, food was mostly great (other than cod entree, which was boring, but I should have gotten the chicken, which was great) - the pistachio gelato which they gave us for free was remarkable, the best...I've ever had; the hamachi, which I expected to not love but it was the best I could find among the options, was outstanding. Wonderful service, nice friendly staff.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 13, 2020

We went pre-Opera and were assured to leave at the time we needed, ahead of the usual time, to pick up tickets awaiting us. We were taken care of by many efficient servers as well as the manager (?). We had had a stressful afternoon...with a ticket snafu, and an unpleasant taxi ride (best forgotten), so we were not happy folks when we arrived. But soon we were relaxed and in a good place. Wonderful bread, great leek soup, and a small meal - pasta for me and salmon for my husband - and a gift little halvah for dessert on a happy anniversary plate (no time for a full dessert). Just right - we will return for sure.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 24, 2019

This is one of the most elegant and refined restaurants in the city. The service is attentive without being fawning and the atmosphere is so beautiful. Had dinner before the Philharmonic and the food was as usual, outstanding. We had the veal meatballs which are...exceptional and followed with the fettuccine with white truffles and only missed not having them shaved on top table side. Highly recommend a visit here though the experience expensive but well worth it.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 21, 2019

Food, service, presentation, general hospitality, beauty (and lack of noise) of the space - all first rate. We both ordered the veal - extremely good. Will be back. One tiny issue - i called to find out about parking, it said "choose option 3". Option...3 gave same info as option 2, a long recitation of the menu. So for those with the same question, PARK IN LINCOLN CENTER LOT. You're welcome. Enjoy your meal !! (try the veal)More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

Location and view is great, in Lincoln Center looking out to the courtyard (also outdoor seating) They nail it from the start with the ricotta cheese and honey for dipping the bread. Entrees are creative and tasty. Truly one of our favorites in the midtown/upper...west side area.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2019

Lincoln Restaurant (or "Ristorante") is a fine Italian restaurant nestled in Manhattan's Lincoln Center's north side - in the same group of buildings as the Metropolitan Opera, the Vivian Beaumont Center, and David Geffen Hall. The restaurant is spacious and has a bar for those...interested in just a drink. The tables have space around them, so the restaurant is comfortably quiet. We usually go there for dinner - and the first thing one notices is that the bread and bread-sticks (grissini) are among the best in town. The waiter will then add some delicious focaccio - so you have to be careful not to fill up on the delicious breads before you even order your dinner. The wine-list is extensive, mostly Italian wines - and since my wife and I are aficionados of Piedmont wines, we order a Barolo or Nebbiolo or Barbaresco. The prices go all the way from moderate ($70/bottle) to the super-high. The food is uniformly excellent: the pastas, tuna tartare, crab, prosciutto appetizers; then - the fish and meat (veal, steak, chicken) dishes are all top-notch. We don't order rich desserts - just mixed berries, served along with cappuccino - but if you still had room for zabaglione, there's that too. The service is quite good; the sommelier is attentive about keeping one's wine-glass refilled. Altogether a very satisfying experience.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 18, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed a great lunch in a fab atmosphere with great service. Even serving the 14 of us, the staff did not skip a beat. Delicious was the operative word for everything ordered. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. Dinner menu looked great. Location...for a night (or day) at Lincoln Center is perfectMore

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 10, 2019

Negroni, tiny drink, small salad i had Hamachi & Salmon, small portions! Rip off, no prices on menu!More

Date of visit: August 2019
patina_restaurants, Manager at Lincoln Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2019

Hi Marilyn, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to provide your feedback. It is always our goal to provide positive experiences and exceptional dishes, so we apologize that you did not feel the value of your meal was representative of the...More

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July 7, 2018|
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Response from snoopysister | Reviewed this property |
Lunch was fixed at $29,00 Go somewhere else for dinner. The food is only fair and the service is very slow. There are several restaurants across the street from Lincoln Center. Bar Bolud is great.
Abi M
March 28, 2017|
Response from mkeimkat | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, you should call though, they're very nice at the desk!
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