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“Grand Tier at the Metropolitan Opera: Surprisingly Fine Food, View and Convenience”

The Grand Tier Restaurant
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Ranked #616 of 13,552 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: 1 or 9 to 65th Street
Description: The Grand Tier Restaurant The Grand Tier Restaurant is set within one of the most spectacular cultural destinations in the world. Located inside Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, it is a tribute to elegance and artistry. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine at before the curtain or during intermission, in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. Now open to the public for dining with reservations. Make your reservation for dinner Monday through Saturday; and matinee dining on Saturdays.
Vero Beach, Florida
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“Grand Tier at the Metropolitan Opera: Surprisingly Fine Food, View and Convenience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This dramatic and sentimental place does not even have disappointing food and service.
It would be worth it just to be so close to the yellow Chagall and at the same time see out to the fountain and crowds in the plaza below. Imaginative appetizers and entrees come in plenty of time to make the curtain. That is even if the opera starts at 6pm, as with last spring's Gotterdammerung -- we entered at 4. It is well worth it, too, to book dessert between acts of an opera whose intermission(s) are prolonged due to complex set changes. The Grand Tier begins and completes a great night at the opera.

  • Visited March 2012
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“convenient pre-theatre dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

This place i ideal if you plan to spend a night in opera!
Two Shagal's masterpieces from both sides of the thaetre and restaurant make your dinner even more solemn!
Oysters (21$) were pretty small and didn't react to lemon juice on it but pairing with a glass of Chartogne-Taillet (Champagne) (25$) helped me to chew them. The main course was Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (42$) - and it was mild, delicious, subtle and very tasty, of course with a glass of Chardonnay from California (19$). The first dessert consisted of Profiteroles with banana custard & vanilla chantilly (15$) and during intermission you can continue your dinner and have another dessert or glass of wine! I ordered sorbet (12$) with a glass of Elysium-Black Muscat from California (12$).
... And after such dinner it already didn't matter how good the soloists were at the opera performance that night... so they were accompanying food!

  • Visited January 2013
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“As Wonderful as it looks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

This was such a great addition to our afternoon, would never go to an opera without eating at this restaurant first. We didn't book brunch but showed up an hour and half before the Matinee hoping to have lunch and even though it was quite busy, they were delighted to accommodate us. The whole experience, the food, the surroundings, the beautiful chandeliers and flowers, the coffee, dessert, drinks, service etc. was as good as everything looked. No disappointments whatsoever. A must before any performance, even though it is pricey, it is totally worth it.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Unexpectedly delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Expectations are not usually high for a restaurant located within a cultural institution such as a museum or the Metropolitan Opera House, so the quality of the meal was a wonderful surprise. The service is invisible, efficient and experienced. We never felt rushed and left with plenty of time to reach our seats before the curtain rose.
Price-wise the Grand Tier is comparable to most upscale Manhattan establishments, so you are not paying a premium for the delightful experience of dining at the Met.

Visited January 2013
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“The magic and refined elegance of the Grand Tier should not be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

When seeing a performance at the Met, dining in such an extraordinary setting should not be missed. The Grand Tier matches and further enhances an already magical evening at the opera. I especially recommend this for out-of-towners. You've come this far, so go for it and enjoy all that fabulous Lincoln Center has to offer! If you're reading this you probably already know the particulars of the Grand Tier (how to order in advance, entrance requirements, etc.). I can therefore only offer some alternative ideas for ways to treat and pamper your partner during your great evening out.

Most people will do the Grand Tier for dinner before their performance and then return for desserts at intermission, which is fine. I have dined there before shows and can attest to its culinary greatness. What I did this time however was to instead go only for dessert during the first intermission. Why only dessert? My rational was to give my fiancée a great evening out by first going to another very high-end restaurant (Gotham Bar & Grill), and then do the Grand Tier for desert. I figured I was going to spend a fortune for dinner no matter what, so I thought mixing it up would allow her to experience two completely different and amazing settings during her special evening out (we had gotten engaged at Gotham). It was her first time at the Met and the Grand Tier, and she was able to dine in two highly celebrated places. It was like being hit with wow after wow all night. The beautiful limo for the night, followed by the elegance of Gotham for an amazing dinner (and proposal), followed by another wow of the Met itself and then followed up by another wow by way of a wonderful dessert at the Grand Tier. Guys, do something like this and your woman will be speechless and will know how much you love her.

For our pre-ordered desserts, we had the Chocolate Souffle, Apple Cider Upside Down Cake, sorbet and ice cream. Everything was excellent, and the service was very sharp and efficient. My fiancée was very impressed when we were brought to our table and our desserts were already there waiting for us. Its intermission, so they tend to move quickly, although you as a patron do not feel rushed. However, it’s quite thrilling when the calls for the curtain begin and you rush back to your seats in anticipation of the continuation of a great performance (in our case Aida).

While the price is high for what you get at the Grand Tier, I feel that it is something that one should experience at least one time when they are attending a performance at the Met. Again, those visiting NYC really need to experience the full on impact of everything at the Met. For those of us who live here and regularly attend performances it may not be as pressing an issue.

In any event, if you do go, either for dinner, desserts only or both, I can pretty much guarantee you that you’ll enjoy the elegance and high-end sophistication that only the Met and NYC can provide. It’s well worth it.

Hope this helps.

  • Visited December 2012
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