Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Lincoln

142 W. 65th St. (Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.) Send to Phone
212-359-6500 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Contemporary Italian cuisine from chef Jonathan Benno.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features

* Click here for rating key

  • 3.5 star rating
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
3.5 rating over 3 reviews
Dining room at Lincoln, New York, NY

Lincoln Restaurant Review

: Lincoln opened with great fanfare. The Patina Group, with its flagship restaurant ensconced in LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, did not skimp over small details and invested a reported $20 million to erect a Manhattan outpost in the plaza of the world’s largest performing arts complex, Lincoln Center. The architectural result indeed is impressive. The glass-and-steel pavilion with grass growing on the inclined roof and the magnificent views of the nearby reflecting pool are as dramatic as many of the productions staged nearby. The open kitchen appears to be the size of a football field, crowded by a battalion of cooks marching over a pristine floor among sparkling stainless steel equipment. Despite its all-American name, Lincoln proclaims it is an Italian restaurant.The director of this state-of-the-art kitchen, chef Jonathan Benno, honed his craft at many top restaurants, including Aqua, The French Laundry, Daniel, Per Se, Gramercy Tavern and Craft, which are not so Italian, either. Never mind, the menu down-right written in Italian (with English translation) indeed covers the gamut of Italianate food and dishes, from the “antipasti” such as the salumis (salt meat) with the praised San Daniele ham to the “primi” and their expected pastas as spaghetti alle vongole, tagliatelle verdi Bolognese or orecchiette with duck, pork and cabbage, and to the main dishes if you are still hungry. Then, you can choose a halibut with mussels, potatoes and garlic, or a branzino (sea bass) accompanied by fennel and olives. Carnivores might consider the cotoleta (veal chop) with artichokes seasoned with gremolata, a mixture of parsley, citrus and garlic, a typical Italian seasoning for veal. In an Italian eatery, you expect good gelati (ice cream), and here they live up to their reputation, along with the successful chocolate gato and its grapefruit cream and coffee ice cream. Concocted by pastry chef Richard Capizzi, desserts are a welcome conclusion to a dinner where imagination did not prevail. There’s also a degustation menu, in the middle of which appears a dish dubbed “strozzapreti neri”. The translation “strangles the priest” gives an idea of the lightness of this homemade pasta; in this case, black with fish eggs and olives. We are not so sure this robust dish belongs on an expensive menu where finesse is expected. The long all-Italian wine list features many small producers. The knowledgeable staff does their best to get pre-performance guests to their seats on time, and will also serve the complete menu at the bar for walk-ins. (Photo by Iowan Baan)

User Ratings & Reviews for Lincoln
 
New York City Top 10 Restaurant Lists

Discover the top restaurants in the New York for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in New York here!

Discover the best restaurants in New York for sushi, steak, a romantic night out and more



RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.