Lincoln Ristorante, New York City

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Lincoln Ristorante

142 West 65th St.

New York, NY 10023

(212) 359-6500

Lincoln Ristorante Website

Lincoln Ristorante New York City exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Two words: Lincon Center. Lincoln Ristorante is located right in the middle of Lincoln Center next to the reflecting pool, making it a super convenient place to dine before a play, performance, show, ballet, movie etc. Wish we had so many fantastic activities like this in San Francisco!

We ate here before The King and I, a fantastic show btw… This establishment is part of the Pantina restaurant group, which owns and runs many different restaurants in NYC.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City interior decor

The focus is on local and seasonal ingredients sourced at nearby farms and farmers markets. Jonathan Benno is the chef and was chef de cuisine at Per Se for six years and also worked at French Laundry. Desserts by Richar Capizzi.

Of interested for all: Great value prix fixe: 3 course meal for $65, 4 course meal for $80.

Insider Tip – Great place to dine before a show. 3 course meal is of great value. Walkins are welcome at the bar

Cuisine – Modern Italian
Location – Lincoln Center, New York City
Opened – 2010

Service – Lincoln Ristorante had very good service. The waitress was professional and clearly knew her stuff and helped us order. Pacing was fine as was wait staff.

Verdict – Obviously, Lincoln Ristorante is a great place for a meal before a show. Prices are high but very reasonable when you order their prix fixe meals, especially in NYC. The food was very good, but had a couple clinkers. The room is beautifully modern.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Lincoln Ristorante Signature Dishes – Pasta, Lamb

Lincoln Ristorante’s Menu is pretty long with many starters, primi and secondi selections.

Website Lincoln Ristorante Menu

Lincoln Ristorante Food Picks:
Amuse of zesty crunchy tomato and creme fraiche on a chip

Really well done Focaccia bread in a cast iron Staub skillet

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Burrata

Burrata ($20) Maplebrook Farm Burrata, Pole Beans, Arugula, Caramelized Onion-Cerignola Olive Puree was silk and a very good appetizer.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Mortadella In Porchetta

Mortadella In Porchetta ($21) Suckling Pig Salumi, Pistachio, Australian Black Winter Truffles, Campo Rosso Farm Chicories was very thin and not too filling, but still worth ordering.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Ravioli di Piselli

Ravioli di Piselli e Formaggio di capra ($28) English Pea and Goat cheese filled pasta, morels, mint, brown butter was very thin and cheesy. Two separate compartments with each ingredient made this a unique pasta.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Fusilli Calabrese

Fusilli Calabrese ($26) Berkshire Pork Sausage, San Marzano Tomatoes, Calabrian Chili, Basil, Smoked Ricotta Salata was also very al dente! Robust sausage flavors with a bold emphasis.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Strozzapretti neri

Strozzapretti Neri Con N’duja E Gamberi ($28) Squid Ink Pasta, Florida Shrimp, Spicy Calabrian Sausage, Purgatorio Beans, Basil was another good pasta dish. Love the dark pasta contrast with the spicy sausage.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Malloreddus

Malloreddus Di Zafferano Con Agnello Brasato ($27) Saffron Pasta, Braised Whiskey Hill Farms Spring Lamb, Castelvetrano Olives, Gremolata, Capra Sarda was very al dente with strong meaty flavors.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City lobster risotto

Risotto Con Aragosta ($38) Acquarello Carnaroli Rice, Maine Lobster, Young Leeks, Australian Black Winter Truffles were shaved table side. Pretty decadent stuff. Lots of lobster in this rich dish.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Lamb

Agnello Alla Griglia ($40) Grilled Lamb Chops and Sausage, Chickpeas, Eggplant, Pickled Carrot, Coriander was the best dish of the night. Quality lamb cooked perfectly. Far better than the one we had at Babbo.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Sugar Snap Peas

Taccole Alla Giudea ($21) Sugar Snap Peas, Pecorino, Lemon, Mint, Chili was an interesting vegetable dish. Strong contrasting flavors.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City carrots

Carpte Arrostite ($18) Roasted Carrots, Cocoa, Aleppo pepper, ricotta di bufala were expensive but very fresh and plentiful.

Tartufo ($15) Strawberry Semifreddo, Chocolate-Basil Gelato, Chocolate Genovese, Vanilla Crema, Italian Meringue amazed us when the table next to us got it. Chocolate is poured tableside. Must get!

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Trio Di Gelati

Trio Di Gelati ($15) Strawberry, Chocolate-Averna, Blueberry are really good. Homemade and well done flavors.

Lincoln Ristorante New York City Bocca nera

Bocca Nera ($15) Chocolate Cake, Walnut Crema, Poached Sour Cherries, Strega Panna Montata, Mint Stracciatella was another decadent dessert. Chocolate city with some nice accents.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Insalata Misticanza ($21) Young Lettuces, Green Chickpeas, Radishes, Ricotta Salata, Citrus Vinaigrette was too vinegary.

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Lincoln Ristorante Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Excellent)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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1 Comment

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    Lofa
    October 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    What a convenient location when we go to the ballet.

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