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“A restaurant with promise”
Review of Lincoln Ristorante

Lincoln Ristorante
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Ranked #596 of 14,026 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Between Amsterdam and Broadway
Transit: Take 1 to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).
Description: Lincoln Ristorante is a fine dining Italian restaurant located in Lincoln Center Plaza serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Catering options available.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

From before you enter, Lincoln Ristorante, bolstering the north west portion of Lincoln Center Plaza, presents promises – the glass sides and sloped-roof geometric structure contrasting against the sensuous curves of the Henry Moore adrift in the pool opposite, are a metaphor for all that is great with northern Italian cooking. The curvaceous gnocchi in béchamel contrasting with the razor thin prosciutto di Parma, the biased sliced tagliatta di manzo and the round, supple zuppa inglese.

Bolognese cuisine was in the atmosphere. They young hostesses were gracious without attitude and, once inside the scene from the busy, impeccable, glass-enclosed kitchen excited the sense. While waiting for the table, one can almost decide what to eat as the waiters whisk the dishes from kitchen to table; but they are not too busy to answer a waiting guest’s question.

Such promises, unfortunately, were broken. For my appetizer Lincoln Mortadella, Testa and Prosciuto di Parma, the trio of meats was cut so thin that they lost their flavor and whatever taste was overtaken by the quince mostarda. The six slices, in total, were draped on deep fried gnocchi puffs
that clumsily shattered when cut. And for $19.00, the approximately 2 ounces of meat equal almost $150 per pound.

I have eaten hundreds of meal in Imola, Bologna, Modena, and Parma, the cities along the Via Emilia, the ancient Roman trunk road - but never did I experience such an ill-conceived and tasteless amalgam as the Cappelacci di Stracchino. Transalted as “ugly hats,” I am afraid the chef was too literal. The dish consisted of dabs of white sauce on the plate, dry pasta packets with hints of brussel sprouts, a few broken raw hazelnuts, covered with black truffles slices that looked and felt like holy communion hosts, with about as much flavor. My companion ordered the sea trout that was cooked to perfection but it was returned to the kitchen because our waiter forgot to eliminate the blood orange zabaglione as requested.

On the plus side, Lincoln has a deep list of Italian wines and it is one of the best places in NYC for special Emilia Romagna wines, so if they are a favorite, you will find them here. If only the food would match.

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Easy Sunday dining. Great Price Fix menu. Easy to add some other tasty treats. Service smart and trained. They do go on a bit too long as I know what I ordered so I don't really need them to review everything on the plate. Love their fried chicken - it's spicy!
Wonderful wine choices. Mushrooms are divine.
Perfect for a fashion week hideout whether at the bar or in the front. And in the summer, you will want to come for lunch and stay for dinner.

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Was invited for Brunch here before a show at Lincoln Center and was blown away by the fantastic food, service and the ultramodern decor. The menu features food from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, which is famous for the best ingredients. I started with the Insalata ai fruitti di mare which had a generous amount of grilled octopus, clams, shrimp and mussels all in a light, yet spicy red sauce. Two words - molto buono! My main dish was the flash cured baccala which was not too salty and came with some vegetables and small potatoes. We also ordered the wild roasted mushrooms as a side which were incredible. If you are headed to Lincoln Center this is the perfect spot to enjoy a first class meal.

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Thank Jonathan L
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Last year, it used to be open after the performance at Lincoln center. I was turned away once this year because the kitchen had already closed (though it was only 10:20pm). My friend was going into surgery the next day & he would have loved it here as a special meal in a very special setting. So we went to Bar Boulud instead, which is one of my favourite anyway and they keep their kitchen open depending on Lincoln Center's activities- Very Smart! Anyways, so we finally made it here on another evening. I was looking forward to the Quail Salad and as usual I discovered other excellent dishes, like the super tender breaded veal rib. Please see my photos!

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Thank Uberfluss
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Something has happened, but what was a very pleasant destination before or after theater is less good nowadays.
Very slow and not attentive service, or at least not as attentive as in the past.
Even more concerning is that the food has become very average, while it was great until a few months before.
Chef and Maître d need to address this downward trend.
They have a great location and a super decor, but service and food count most in a restaurant.

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Thank Lapo A
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