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Italian Restaurant at Lincoln Center in New York City

General Info
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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Price Range
Lincoln Ctr-Performing Arts
Upper Manhattan, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great service, trendy setting

We live nearby, wanted to check this out shortly after its opening. I stopped by a few days in advance to make a reservation for a party of 4, but was told it was a busy Saturday night and only late (10pm) seating was available.

The good news was on the Sat am I called again, and they said they'd see what they could do - they returned my call a few hours later and we had a table at prime time! Brilliant!

The restaurant is in a trendy setting, and there is a layer of soundproof glass separating the dining area from the kitchen so you can see the food being prepared. (Although our booth could have done with more lighting.)

The service was excellent, the sommelier picked a good bottle of wine in our price range. All enjoyed our food, and even though we didn't stay for dessert they still brought out a tray of DELICIOUS cookies for the table.




Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing Brunch!

Great place with a great $36 deal for Sat or Sun brunch. The setting here is absolutely gorgeous. I can only imagine how awesome it will be in the winter with snow all around looking out from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The service is also first-rate. And the food? Wow. Take your pick - from the spaghetti al pomodoro to the steak and eggs, I can’t think of a better meal I’ve ever had. At $36 a person I will definitely go back again and again.



Provided by Citysearch - 

THE EMPEROR WITH NO FOOD ON PLATES- I feel bad for the nice staff. They are working hard at a restaurant that barely serves food on its plates.
The whole thing is bizarre- the few strings of pasta (entree portion) were served on an oversized plate. It made the presentation laughable. I expected Ed McMahon and Dick Clark to come out with a Bloopers video crew. Our friends at the table said immediately- ""Looks like we're getting pizza on the street.""
We've been to fancy restaurants before. where portions are small and limited, but this took the cake (excuse the food reference as I must be hungry). The pasta comprised about 1/9th of the empty plate. I'm no fancy chef, but does the pasta cost that much that pasta needs to be rationed? It's like SURVIVOR: LINCOLN on CBS. ""You have four hours on the Upper West Side and 16 people must share an appetizer of pasta.""
The fancy owner would make a ton of $ if he opened a pizza place next door. Or maybe Shake Shack: Lincoln.
The night started with a convoluted policy/pitch about unlimited water for $3. The policy, the extra emphasis on this, the mentioning of cost was all wrong immediately and seemed ridiculously out of human touch.
How did the food taste? Honestly, I'm not sure and I'm not kidding. The portions were so small that I tasted more fork, than food.
Will anyone tell the EMPEROR that he has no food on the plates and is lacking a human touch? By the empty seats, my guess is he's already been told subtly. If he really wanted to hear the advice, he should just go to the pizza places nearby and ask his recent diners.